Annabel Tilley


Annabel Tilley (b. London 1963)

Open University 2006-2008 MA Literature 
University of Brighton 2001-2003 BA [Hons] Fine Art Painting 
Hastings College of Art and Design 1999-2001 HND Fine Art Painting 

1998-1999 Foundation in Art and Design 

Exhibitions & Residencies 

A Generous Space, Hastings Contemporary. Curated by Matthew Burrows  2021-2022
I didn't lick it, Bruton Correspondence School, Bruton Museum, Bruton, Somerset, 2021 
NEXT (Au Suivant), Cultivate Gallery, Hackney 2021 (online)
Shortlisted John Moores Painting Prize 2020
ING Discerning Eye 2019 
Creekside Open 2019. Chosen by Sacha Craddock. APT Gallery, London 
The CoLab Body and Place Residency, Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire, 2019 
General Practice, Lincoln University. Curated by Andrew Bracey, 2019 
Mimesis; Narrative; Against hegemony! Curated by Ian Gonczarow. APT Gallery, London, 2019

RCA Secret 2018 
The Venice Vending Machine. Tate Exchange Project curated by Marina Moreno at Tate Liverpool, 2018 
Mardi Gras Requiem, Project Space Plus Gallery, Lincoln. Curated by Andrew Bracey 
RCA Secret 2017 
Sluice_fundraiser 2017, Mail Art Exhibition, Division of Labour Gallery, Bethnal Green, London 

RCA Secret 2016 
One Plus One, (Catalyst) Lubomirov Angus-Huges Gallery, London 
Catalyst, Husk Gallery, London with Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Evy Jokhova & Justin Hibbs, London 
RCA Secret 2015 
No-One Lives in The Real World, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London 
Wigs from Old Masters Drawing in Nottingham Castle Exhibition 
(detail) Usher Gallery, Lincoln 

Wigs from Old Masters Drawing in Nottingham Castle Exhibition 
(detail) at Transition Gallery, London 
(detail) H-Project Space, Bangkok. Curated by Andrew Bracey. 
The Distance Between, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, Bond House Gallery, London. 
RCA Secret, Dyson Building, London SW11. 
First Come First Served, Lion and Lamb 
Lion and Lamb at Sluice Art Fair 2013 
The Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition, London 
Happy Days, Blackwater Polytechnic, Feering Bury Farm Barn, Colchester, Essex 
Discernible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, Bond House Gallery, London 
The Reference Section, The Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent 
RCA Secret, Dyson Building, London SW11 

Crash Open Salon 2012, 
First Come First Served, LIONxLAMB, London, 
Q-Art 4th Annual Exhibition, APT Gallery, London, 
I Remember curated by Harry Pye, A-side B-side Gallery, London, 
SLUICE Auction, Hanmi Gallery, London, 
Occupy My Time Gallery, Enclave, London, June 
Collectible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, ASC Studios, London 
ANSCHLUSSEL: LONDON-BERLIN, - Drawing Survey Show, C4RD, London 
(Centre for Recent Drawing) 

Home, Core Gallery, Deptford, London, 
ANSCHLUSSEL: LONDON-BERLIN, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing, Berlin. 
Curated by Andrew Hewish C4RD 
The Almonry Gardens Drawing Residency, Battle, East Sussex (Residency) 
Hackney Hoard Exhibition, initiated by Adam Dant, Galerie8, Hackney, London 
Jerwood Project Space, London, (Solo) 
In the Current Climate, Core Gallery, Deptford, London 
East Sussex Open, Towner, Eastbourne, East Sussex 

Relay, Core Gallery, Deptford, London 
The Ing Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall, 
Vanishing Point, Elevator Gallery, Hackney, London 
Deptford X, Drawing the likeness of brick, Deptford, London (Award) 
Animate: Oriel Open 2010, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales 
Agency at agency, Deptford, London 
Police & Thieves, The Old Police Station, New Cross, London 

Fourdaysonly, Centre for Recent Drawing, C4RD, Islington, London 
Brina Thurston's Open Call 09, Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London 
Indian Summer Exhibition, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery 
Is Anyone There? WW Gallery, Hackney, London 
Durbar Hall Drawing Residency & Solo Show, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery (Commission) 
thecentre:mk Annual Painting Prize 2009, Finalist, Milton Keynes 
Travelling Light, WW Gallery, London & Collateral Event at 53rd Venice Biennale 
Drawing the likeness of concrete, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne Festival 
Drawing Concrete. Five-day drawing Residency, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (Commission) 

Anonymous Drawing No 9, Berlin, 2008 
O Dreamland, Transition Gallery, Hackney in Greatstone, Kent, 2007 
ArtSway Open 2006 
The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005, London & Tour 
Sussex Open 2005 

Visiting Fine Art Lecturer 
West Dean College, Chichester - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
East Sussex College, Hastings – 2019, 2020 
Harris Academy Purley, Kent - 2018 
University of Chester - 2015 
London College of Communications (LCC, UAL) - 2012 & 2013 
LCC, University of the Arts, Art Practice Talk, November 2012 
In Conversation with Jack Hutchinson on drawing at The Nunnery, Bow Arts, Sept 2012 

Art Writing & Drawing for Publication 
Catalogue Essay for Sharon Haward's En Place Residency at Chateau de Sacy, September 2017 
Book: What they didn't teach you about art school by Rosalind Davis & Annabel Tilley (ILEX/Octopus Books 2016) 
Interview with YBA Gary Hume for a-n Magazine at The Jerwood Gallery Sept 2012 
Comment - Sluice Lives On by Michaela Nettell - Sept 2012 - a-n Magazine:  
Garageland 6 The Inexorable Rise of Drawing, May 2008 
Arty No 30, 2012. Arty No 24, 2008. Arty No 23, 2007. Arty East End, 2004 

Drawing Activities & Workshops 
West Dean College - Sketchbook, Collage and Drawing Courses, 2015-2023
Hampshire Art Studios - Imaginary Landscapes, 2022 
The Almonry Gardens all-age drawing workshop, Battle, East Sussex, 2011 
The Museum of Still Life, drawing workshop, Core Gallery, London 2010 
Cabinet of Cardboard Curiosities Workshop, Hastings Museum, E. Sussex, 2009 
Drawing Nothing, The Big Draw for Adults, dlwp, Bexhill, 2007 
The Big Draw, The Drawing Stall London 2007 [Spitalfields & Covent Garden]

Deptford X Fringe Award, 2010 
Alan Davie Memorial Prize 2003 

Publications & Other
Enough Is Definitely Enough by Andrew Bracey - Catalogue for exhibition: sixty-two artists interpret a Postcard of Las Meninas, 2021
(detail) Catalogue - Devised and curated by Andrew Bracey, 2014 
Drawing Paper 7 - 2014 
RE:animate, Oriel Davies Open catalogue, 2010 
Ten Years of The Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2007 
The Jerwood Drawing Prize Catalogue, 2005 
The Cheltenham Drawing Prize Catalogue, 2000 

FAD Chantelle Purcell interview 
Oriel Davies RE:animate review: In the Darkness of the Wardrobe by Samantha Moore, 2010 
All the fun without the fair, review by Ben Lewis, London Evening Standard, 15/10/2009 

Annabel Tilley's drawings are held in several private collections in Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States 

AIR Council Member 2012 

Project Management, Fundraising and Grants 
DIY Educate, Show & Tell Talk Programme 2011 & 2012, London. Co-organiser for artists talks with Susan Collis, Mark Titchner, Delaine Le Bas, Graham Crowley, Cathy Lomax, Sarah Williams, Virginia Verran & Andrew Hewish. Funded by Fenton Arts Trust Grant 2011 & 2012 
Talk About The Work, Networking & Peer Critique Group, Hastings, East Sussex - Organiser & Fundraiser, 2007-09. Funded by ACE Grants for the Arts 2007 and Fenton Arts Trust Grant, 2008, 2009

Public Art Commission 
Heritage I March 2008. Drawing Commission for East Sussex County Council & SEEDA 
3x3m drawing on permanent show in Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.  

Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-2015) 
ZAP was co-founded by Annabel Tilley and Rosalind Davis to support ambitious artists with practical ways to sustain their practice. At the heart of the ZAP philosophy were the questions: How do we survive as an artist? How do we develop and sustain a critically engaged practice over the long term? 

Their annual programme: Show & Tell addressed these questions through talks, seminars, art tours and exhibitions that encourage artists to develop networks and learn from other artists. Guest artists have included: Mark Titchner, Ceri Hand, Gordon Cheung, Susan Collis, Phoebe Unwin, Virginia Verran, Graham Crowley and Transition Gallery. 

Lectures: The A-Z of Surviving as an Artist with Annabel Tilley & Rosalind Davis 
Metal, Peterborough - February 2016 
Chelsea School of Art - June 2015 
West Dean College - 2015 
University of the Arts, Farnham - January 2015 
University of Lincoln - June 2014 
Anglia Ruskin - June 2014 
University of Loughborough - May 2014 
University of Hertfordshire - ART Talk 'Impact' - Nov 2013 
University of Chester, Nov 2013 
BayArt, Cardiff, July 2013 
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, July 2013 
Firstsite, Colchester, April 2013 
Southampton Solent University, Feb 2013 
Matt Roberts Arts London, & St Helens. Various other London venues 2011-12. 
ZAP Talks, Seminars & Workshops
Clyde & Co, Law Firm, London - 2015 
University of Chester - 2015 
Articulating Your Practice with Rosalind Davis, ZAP, London, Sept 2013 
Exhibitions & Residencies with Rosalind Davis & Nick Kaplony (ArtQuest), ZAP, Sept 2012 
Writing & Talking about Your Work with Rosalind Davis & Annabel Tilley, ZAP, June 2012

ZAP Seminars 
ZAP Your Practice - 1- Day Seminar at Goldsmiths, University of London, Nov 2015 
ZAP It! - 2-Day Seminar at Goldsmiths, University of London, May 2015 
Thriving as an Artist - 4-Day Seminar at West Dean, Chichester - April 2015  

ZAP Curatorial Projects - Annabel Tilley & Rosalind Davis 
2015: No-One Lives in the Real World 
2014: The Distance Between - March 
2013: The Zeitgeist Open - September/October 
2013: The Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition - July 
2013: Discernible, 47 artists
2012: The Zeitgeist Open 40 -50 artists chosen from open call 
2012: Collectible, 67 artists, 97 artworks  
2011: Home, including works by Rose Wylie, Delaine Le Bas, Graham Crowley & Kate Murdoch

Annabel Tilley has exhibited widely including: Transition Gallery, WW Gallery, C4RD, APT, Standpoint Gallery, Usher Gallery, Nottingham Castle Museum, Oriel Davis, Towner Art Gallery, Hastings Museum, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, RCA Secret and Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing in Berlin. 

Annabel Tilley trained in Fine Art (Painting) at The University of Brighton. She has an MA in literature and lives in Hastings. Her work is held in several private collections in Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States. She has undertaken several residencies and commissions. She has lectured on professional practice for artists at universities and arts orgs around the country, and regularly teaches art workshops at West Dean College.

Annabel Tilley co-founded and ran the London-based arts organisation, Zeitgeist Projects, with Rosalind Davis from 2012-2015 to provide opportunities for artists including their popular talk: The A-Z of Surviving as an Artist, and the annual open exhibition: The Zeitgeist Open (2012-2015). She has co-curated a number of exhibitions including: No-one Lives in the Real World, Standpoint Gallery (2015), The Distance Between (2014), Discernible (2013) and Collectible (2012).

She is co-author of What they didn’t teach you in art school (ILEX/Octopus Books, 2016) which is available from Amazon and all major art galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Royal Academy etc. 

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