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 was Visiting Artist at Hammersmith Hospital, part of Imperial Health NHS Trust, where she made art with patients at their bedsides in 2017 and 2018.

In May 2018, the Freud Museum staged Breathe, an exhibition of Fay’s drawings alongside photographs and films by Judy Goldhill, which explored parental loss.

Fay also exhibited in the Transylvanian Florilegium at the Romanian Cultural Institute London in May and in Pharmacopoeia at the Royal College of Physicians in August 2018. In 2017, 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, Brighton Art School, Wimbledon Art School MA and BA Painting Research ‘Punk Suburbia’, British Library, Freud Museum, Leeds & Anglia Ruskin Universities and The Drawing Room London.

Most recently, she spoke at a seminar, Brief Lives: Untimely Deaths, Art & Aftermath hosted by The Wildgoose Memorial Library in association with the Centre for Life-Writing Research as part of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute’s pop-up research studios project.

Her drawings are held by Imperial Health Charity Trust (NHS), Royal College of Physicians; Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; HM The Queen; HRH The Prince of Wales; The Prince’s Foundation and Winsor & Newton.

Her work is featured in Madam and Eve by Liz Rideal and Kathleen Soriano.

She was 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.

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