Copy of Elecampane or ‘Helen’s Tears’

Past Exhibitions

Transylvania Florilegium: Wildflowers of Romania: 12 April to 5 May 2019

The National Museum of Art, Romania, Bucharest
Curator: Irina Neacșu.

The Transylvania Florilegium is a collection of watercolour drawings of rare grasses and wildflowers growing in the meadows and pastures of Transylvania, one of Europe’s last medieval landscapes. It was created under the umbrella of The Prince of Wales’s Foundation Romania to record the flora living there.  

Fay spent two weeks in July 2016 drawing plants in Viscri and Zalanpatak, working alongside fellow artists. Hers included Elecampane, found in a ditch at the edge of meadow-scrub boundary, 4km north of Viscri. A medicinal plant for chest and stomach ailments, its root drunk with vodka in Russia, and associated with Helen of Troy, said to be carrying a bunch of this when Paris abducted her. Its popular name in Transylvania is ‘Helen’s Tears’.


The Royal College of Physicians Florilegium

Pharmacopoeia Londinensis 1618: A Florilegium of Plants. Publication 11 May and exhibition 20 to 30 August 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians.


Breathe: Fay Ballard and Judy Goldhill

Curated by Caroline Garland, psychoanalyst. BREATHE presents two artists, Fay Ballard and Judy Goldhill, who both explore the central theme of parental loss throughout their practice.

Selected by Time Out magazine as a show of the month. Exhibition at the Freud Museum London, 16 May to 15 July 2017. 

Download a review of the exhibition by the Dandelion Postgraduate Journal & Research Network here. Also available on the Dandelion website.

Listen to Fay Ballard and Caroline Garland interviewed about Breathe by Robert Elms on BBC Radio here.

View the listing in Art Monthly publication here.

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Art in Focus: Fay Ballard

Art In Focus: Fay Ballard.  Exhibition 16 May-December 2017. Presented by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8RF.

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Family Reunion Exhibition, PI Artworks, London

September 2017


Tangled In The Brambles

A group show at the Centre for Recent Drawing, London, December 2015.


Grand Magasin Deux

Christmas Group Show, 15-20 December 2015. French Riviera Gallery, 309 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AH. 


We All Draw: Drawing & Thinking

Fay's work was shown in the ‘We All Draw: Drawing and Thinking’ exhibition as part of the International Drawing & Cognition Research Network’s 2015 International Symposium, 5 to 9 November 2015, Bargehouse, South Bank, London.

Fay's drawing ‘Playtex Girdle’ won a Recognition Award given by Aimee Good, Director of Education and Community Programs at the Drawing Center, New York.


Alligators In The Hall

Exhibition by Phil Goss & Fay Ballard at the Centre for Recent Drawing
2-4 Highbury Station Rd LONDON N1 1SB, 26-27 July 2015.


House Clearance

Exhibition at & Model Gallery,19 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2BH, 14-30 May 2015.  Artist’s Talk: 14 May at 4pm. Fay Ballard gave a talk about her work in conversation with Derek Horton of & Model.