About Fay Ballard
Fay completed an MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s in 2006. Her studio practice comprises drawing, focusing on autobiography, underpinned by an interest in psychoanalysis. She has spent the last five years or so preoccupied with searching for her mother, Mary, who died on a family holiday in Spain when Fay was seven.
She is Visiting Artist at Hammersmith Hospital, part of Imperial Health NHS Trust, where she has been making art with patients at their bedsides since January 2017.
In May 2018, the Freud Museum is staging Breathe, an exhibition of Fay’s drawings alongside photographs and films by Judy Goldhill, which explore parental loss.
Fay will also be exhibiting in Pharmacopoeia at the Royal College of Physicians in August 2018. Last year, her work was shown in Art in Focus: Fay Ballard for nine months at Charing Cross Hospital and in Family Reunion at Pi Artworks.
Fay’s exhibition House Clearance explored evocative objects found whilst clearing her childhood home. It was shown at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery London at & Model Gallery in Leeds in 2014 and 2015.
She talks regularly about her work including: RCA MA Cross Currents, Camberwell Art School MA Printmaking, Wimbledon Art School MA and BA Painting Research ‘Punk Suburbia’, British Library, Freud Museum, Leeds & Anglia Ruskin Universities and The Drawing Room London.
Her drawings are held by Imperial Health Charity Trust (NHS), Royal College of Physicians; New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge; Birkbeck Library; HM The Queen; HRH The Prince of Wales; The Prince’s Foundation and Winsor & Newton.
Her work is featured in a new publication, Madam and Eve by Liz Rideal and Kathleen Soriano.
She has been commissioned to draw the rare plants growing on the steppe pastures of Transylvania, and plants growing at the Highgrove estate.
The Drawing Center New York awarded her a recognition prize during ‘We All Draw’ Conference held on the South Bank in 2016.
Before completing her MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s, Fay worked at Tate and Royal Academy of Arts. She studied History of Art at University of Sussex. She has served as trustee of Camden Arts Centre and Victoria Miro Education Trust, and currently sits on the Arts Committee for Imperial Health Charity Trust.
Publications & Press
- ‘Madam and Eve’ by Liz Rideal and Kathleen Soriano is published by Laurence King Publishing 2018. Fay’s work, 'Dead Mother’, features in this book about how women artists have depicted women in art over the last 50 years.
- Art and Mourning: Symposium at Freud Museum 2016.
- James Russell writes about House Clearance in his blog.
- Bob Dickinson writes in the contemporary art and writing journal, Corridor8.
- The Guardian.
- The Memory Network.
- Chris Hall writes in The Guardian.
- Mark Dery writes in thoughtcatalog.
- Thogdin Ripley writes in Artslant.
- Emily Gosling writes in Design Week.