e d u c a t I o n

1999-01 MFA Slade School of Fine Art, London

1996-99 BA University of Wales, Aberystwyth,                  UK (First Class Honours)


s o l o   e x h I b I t I o n s 

2012    Slower Than This: Flashpoint Gallery, 

             Washington DC, USA

2010    Polly Townsend: British Embassy,

             Washington DC, USA

2008    Polly Townsend: The Alpine Club,                         London, UK

2007    Passing Through: 3 White Walls Gallery,

             Birmingham, UK

2000    The Scapes: The Courtyard, Hereford

1999    Flesh: Hereford College of Art and 



s e l e c t e d   g r o u p   e x h I b I t I o n s 

2018    The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Mall

             Galleries, London, UK

2017    The ING Discerning Eye: Mall Galleries,

             London, UK

2016    Glory of the Glacier: The Alpine Club,

             London, UK

2015    Summer Salon: Angus Hughes Gallery,

             London, UK

2012    Emerge Art Fair: Washington DC, USA

2011    Wildland, Silber Gallery, Baltimore, USA

2010    Travelogue: Carroll Square Gallery

             (Hemphill Gallery), Washington DC, USA

2009    Options: WPA & Conner Contemporary,

             Washington DC, USA

2008    Gilchrist-Fisher Landscape Painting

             Award: Rebecca Hossack Gallery,


2007    Bomberg’s Relevance: Ben Uri Gallery,

             London, UK

2007    Journey of Exchange: Oxford House,

             Bethnal Green, London, UK

2006    Winter Collection: Gallery Duncan

             Terrace, London, UK

2006     New Waves: Collyer Bristow Gallery,

             London, UK

2005    Mirage of Minds: Century Gallery,

             London, UK

2005    Mile of Art: London Fields, London, UK

2004    The Affordable Art Fair: New York, USA

2001    The Directors Choice: Collins and


             Gallery, London, UK

2001     London/New York Drawing

              Collaboration: Chateau Balleroy, 

              Normandy, France

2001      New Bloomsbury’s 2001: Scarlet

              Maguire Gallery, London, UK

2001      Post-Graduate Show: Slade School of 

              Fine Art, London, UK

2000     Winter Collection: Parkview Fine Art

              Galleries, Bristol, UK

1999      The Directors Cut: Parkview Fine Art

               Galleries, Bristol, UK

1999      Degree Show: University of Wales,

               Aberystwyth, UK


p r I z e s ,   a w a r d s   a n d   s c h o l a r s h I p s

2009     Options, WPA (juried by Anne

             Goodyear, National Portrait Gallery, DC 

2008     Finalist in Gilchrist-Fisher Landscape

              Painting Prize, UK

2001     The Slade School of Fine Art Duveen 

              Travel Scholarship

2001     The Princes Drawing School /

              Malcolm Forbes Foundation Travel


2000     The Slade School of Fine Art Life

              Drawing Prize (judged by Paula Rego)

1999     The Worshipful Company of Painter-

              Stainers Award

1999     The Sir Ben Bowen Studio Prize for

              Fine Art

1998     The Contemporary Art Prize for Wales

              Studentship Award (judged by Stephen



r e s I d e n c I e s   a n d   e x p e d I t I o n s  

2011      Artist in Residence Goldwell Museum,                 Death Valley National Park, USA

2011      Artist in Residence Badlands National 

               Park, South Dakota, USA

2010       Alaska, USA

2009       Mojave Desert, USA

2008       Himalaya and Pamir Mountains,

                Ladakh, Kashmir

2007       Tian Shan and Pamir Mountains, 


2006       High Atlas Mountains, Morocco; and                    Tian Shan, Altai and Qilian Shan

                Mountains, China

2006       Jotunheimen National Park, Norway 

2004        Pyrenees Mountains, France

2003        Apennine Mountains, Italy

2002        Himalaya Mountains and Tibetan

                 Plateau, Nepal, China

2001-08  Snowdonia National Park, Wales

2001        Artist in Residence, Arkleside

                 Studios, Yorkshire

2000        Andes Mountains and Altiplano,



r e v I e w s   a n d   p u b l I c a t I o n s   (read here)

2012       Washington Post, An exhibit that

                stretches a mountain’s range by

               Mark Jenkinson

2012       Washington City Paper, Polly

                Townsend at Flashpoint by Louis


2011       Mumbai Embassy Publication,

               Permanent Collection of the         

               Consulate General of the US

2011       Catalogue, Wildland, by Laura


2011       Catalogue, The Artists of the Alpine

                Club, by Peter Mallelieu

2010       Washington Post, Wild Worldviews of

                Summer by Jessica Dawson

2009       Washington Post, Options 09:

                Unexpected Possibilities by Michael 


2009       The Georgetowner, Georgetown

                 Answers Call for Artists

2009       Falls Church News, Options 09 by

                Kevin Mellema

2009       Catalogue, Options 09 by Anne


2008       Artrabbit.com, Onwards and

                Upwards, Polly Townsend in High

                Places by Sarah Lightman

2008       The Alpine Club Journal, Polly

                Townsend in High Places by Steve


2007        The Metro Newspaper Birmingham,

                Sixty second interview with Polly


2007       Wowbirmingham.co.uk, The Extremes

                of Art with Polly Townsend by Dave


2007       Hereford Times, Three White Walls

2007       The Independent, Bomberg's

                Relevance, P Chapman

2007       Time Out, Bomberg's Relevance, JJ



p u b l I c   c o l l e c t I o n s

U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Permanent collection, Department of State, USA

U.S. Embassy in Karachi, Permanent collection, Department of State, USA

U.S. Embassy in Mumbai, Permanent collection, Department of State, USA

National Parks Collection, USA

The Alpine Club Collection UK

The Ben Uri Collection UK