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Q&A at Royal Geographic Society 

Climate change and the three Poles: using art to communicate crisis and opportunity

climate change & art conversation with artists & filmmakers inspired by the Poles: Polly Townsend, Alice Boyd and Michelle Sanders, moderated by Isabel Hilton

24th June 2024

Further Information and tickets

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Solo Exhibition 

Polly Townsend, Antarctic Paintings

John Martin Gallery

24th April - 17th May 2024

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Radio Interview

Listen here for my Interview with Ed Vaizey on Times Radio about my

forthcoming exhibition at the John Martin Gallery.  05/04/24

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Derwent Art Prize

I'm delighted that my drawing Ice, Antarctica, won 2nd Prize at the Derwent Art Prize. It's showing now at Oxo Gallery, Tower Wharf, London

4-14th April 2024

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Sun and Moon

John Martin Gallery/Spirit Studios 

3rd June - 15th July 2023

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Artist in Residence Antarctica

Jan-Feb 2023

I am thrilled to announce I have been selected by Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute ( to be their Artist in Residence in Antarctica. I'll be travelling with the Royal Navy on board HMS Protector in January 2023. More info here

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Group Exhibition 


John Martin Gallery, Cromwell Place

17 - 29 January 2023

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Group Exhibition 

A Wider Landscape - curated by Polly Townsend

The Alpine Club 13 September - 10 November 2022

Concerned with the continuing disparity of male/female artists within collections I curated  'A Wider Landscape'; a group show featuring works from the Alpine Club collection and seven contemporary artists. ‘A Wider Landscape’ looks at mountains through a female gaze, reinterpreting the Alpine Club’s renowned collection in an inclusive and modern light. The exhibition displays a wide array of mediums and styles, showing how women engage with mountain landscapes, how personal safety for women in remote landscapes affects their work, and responses to accelerating ecological & climatic change. Further Information

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Group Exhibition 

Crossing Boundaries - curated by Polly Townsend

APT Gallery 19 - 30 October 2022

This exhibition presents a diverse group of contemporary female landscape painters, each innovating within the genre. The grouping of female painters directly addresses the significant gender disparity in this area of painting for centuries and up to the modern day. Further Information

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