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Pen Dalton

After many years working academically in socially contextualised artwork pen has turned to painting.

Pen has an abiding interest in making paintings that reconcile differences





Goldsmiths Art College, Sussex University, Plymouth University 

art shows [group unless otherwise stated] 


2022  f'coming Paint!  Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, Uk       10/11/22-4/12/22

2022  Many Threads, One Fabric, Gnome House, London, E17 Celebrating 10 years anti racism in Walthamstow

2022  Paint Edgy The Ropewalk, Barton Upon humber, UK                               Sept 10-

2022 Athens Open Art  Art Number 23 Gallery, Greece                                      June 10-16th

2022 Fluid, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green, London, UK                                  April            

2022 Paradoxes Contemporary British Painting Members Exhibition, The West Gallery, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight: curator Freya Purdue alongside co-curators Natalie Dowse and Phil Illingworth.                                                                                                     March - May

2022  Online curated:  Plausible Objects,Difficult Things. An exhibition curated by @franceswoodleyart for @paintbritain 

2021 curated online Yes/No A CBP Virtual Open Studio

2021 Thing Worlds Spot Korin Kyoto Gallery, Japan, curated by Masahiro Kawanako, 27-30  June

2021 Solo 10 Years; Paintings by Pen Dalton. Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, Walthamstow, London UK curated by Mick Mills                                       1 Nov - 1 Feb                                

2021 Online curated: June 3 @ Prosaic 97  Instagram  27-30  June

2020 Vitalistic Fantasies Cello Factory, Waterloo, London, UK                         2-8 December

2020 Vitalistic Fantasies Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK   curated by Paula MacArthur and Casper White                 October  3-31st                                                                           

2019 New Painting, Contemporary British Painting, Marylebone Parish Church Crypt, London, UK                                                                            24 November to 17 january

2019 Contemporary British Painting: an exhibition of 32 Painters 25 The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral                                                                                                     April-16 Ma

Made In Britain: 82 painters of the 21st century, The National Museum June, Gdansk, Poland                                                                                                  14 March – 2nd April

2018   Defining Structure Cello Factory London, 28th Sept - 9th October

2018    Unspoken The Stash Gallery, London. 16th – 30th May

2018  Lloyd Park Studio Artists: Winns Gallery 7th June – 16th June

2018    Komechak Art Gallery, Chicago  Highlights of the Permanent Collection June 1-July 31st

2017   Testcard 1 Contemporary British painters  at the Crypt, Marylebone Parish Church

2017   Anything Goes? Paintings at Art Bermondsey Project Space July 25th – August 5th

2017   In Good Health: Paintings in Hospitals, Menier Gallery, London, 13-17th June

2017 30 x 30 x 34: 34 Painters The Crypt Gallery, Marylebone Parish Church. 8/11/16 – 4/1/2017

2017 Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century [touring] Priseman Seabrook collection. Yantai Art Museum, 7/7-3/8; Artall Gallery, Nanjing, 10-23/11; Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, 30/10-5/11

2107  Different Strokes solo  exhibition of paintings 27/2 - 11/3 Westminster Art Library ex

2016   Beyond the Studio. Winns gallery, Walthamstow

2015, Pen Dalton, Paint Jobs solo 1/6 - 31/6 Marylebone Parish Church Crypt, London

2015  Stations of the Cross  Brentwood Cathedral, Brentwood, Essex, UK [now housed in The Komechak Art Gallery, Chicago, USA] [painting]

2015, Contemporary British Abstraction  28/02 - 11/04  group: SE9 Container Gallery, London [painting]

2014-15, Contemporary British Painting: Priseman-Seabrook Collection.1/11 - 31/3  group:  Huddersfield Art Gallery. Yorkshire, UK

2014-15, @PaintBritain15/11 - 8/3:  Ipswich Art School Gallery, Colchester and Ipswich Museums, UK [painting]

2014, Artness.   2/02 - 16/02   Artmeet Gallery, Milan. Italy

2014, 1/05 - 2/11A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2014, Stuff and Nonsense  1/1 - 2/02  Solo:  Tokarska Gallery Walthamstow, London

2014, Inspired by Morris1/10 - 31/10  :   William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London.

2003, Imprinting Works1/8-1/9 solo:  Dartington Hall Gallery, Devon, UK

2002-03, 5/12 - 23/3   mixed: Propaganda Posters From the Schreyer Collection Victoria and Albert Museum, London [poster]

1998, 1/09-30-09   group; 8 women, 4 British, 4 Spanish: Exposition de Grabado Contemporaneo [Eight contmporary women printmakers] Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain, British Council.       

1998 April-July 1/04-31/07   {C}mixed: The Power of the Poster Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1994, 1/02 Installation/paper: Does your mother come from Ireland?  Women's Art Histories Conference, Leeds University

1994, 31/03  Installation: Does your mother come from Ireland? At 'Gendered Narratives' Conference, University of Ulster at Coleraine. 

1989 mixed. News Arts Council Sponsored, exhibition of Women's Art, Spacex Gallery, Exeter; Truro Art Gallery.

1988 solo:  Daddy's Girl  Sisterwrite Gallery, Upper street London [printed work]

1987 solo:  The Maternal (limited edition prints) Exeter and Devon Arts Centre, Devon, UK

1987  mixed:  'Prints With a Point', Hard Times Gallery, Bristol, UK [limited edition prints]

1984  group: 3 Women Artists Battersea Arts Centre, London

1982  group:  Reflections: 5 Women Artists Aspex Gallery. Portsmouth. 

1980  solo: Frameworks [paintings] Arts Alliance. Cambridge Terr. Mews. London. 

reviews, citations,memberships etc

ArtUK  artwork represented in National Art Collection

2013, Member of Contemporary British Painting Group.

2013, member of london based group Artlyst

prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum  <>

painting [2013] in Swindon Art Gallery permanent collection

painting in Priseman-Seabrook collection [see catalogue]

cited in Concise Dictionary of Women Artists ed Delia Gaze p. 128

Discussion of art work ‘The Dress’ in Doy, G Drapery: Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture. IB Taurus: London/New York. pp. 187-190

Watkins, S. A, Rueda. M; and Rodriguez, M  Introducing Feminism. p 85

Feminism for Beginners, edited by Susan Alice Watkins

1992 Marisa Rueda and Marta Rodriguez 1992  Allen & Unwin Aust. & Icon Books (UK)  

Poster and discussion of work in Power of the Poster, Timmers, M. (ed.) V&A publications.

McQuiston, L, Suffragettes to She Devils: Women's Lib and Beyond. Phaidon. 3 Posters reproduced.

review: 3 Women Artists in City Limits July 20-26  Amanda Sebestyn

illustration of work in Weill, Alain The Poster: A Worldwide Survey and History, Sothebys publication p. 353

Phillipe Political Graphics: Art as a Weapon. Phaidon p. 300 Phaidon.

‘Pandora: Naughty but Nice’ reproduced in and: Journal of Art & Education

Cartoons reproduced in Rowe, M. (ed) Spare Rib Reader . p. 383 & 393

Cartoon in Pork Roasts: 250 Feminist cartoons Rosenberg. A. L. (ed.) University of British Colombia

academic/published/commissioned writings:-

online reviews

'Nadiya Pavliv-Tokarska / Contemporary Cityscape. After E Hopper and D Hepher'

"Lia Vio: Solely in my Head"

"Surface tension: A Modernist Show?"

published criticism, reviews, research in print

2012 ‘Full Stop’ in Rogers,H. ed., I See What You're Saying: The Materialisation of Words in Contemporary Art, BIAD/Ikon Publications, Article Press, Birmingham.

2008. PhD Thesis. ‘Family and Other Relations: A thesis examining the extent to which familial relations are embedded in the relations of art’ [situated in the Wittgensteinian ‘family relations’ theory of art.] Plymouth University.

2006/7 Article: ‘Feminist Methodologies in Art Education: Critique’ in the International Journal, n.paradoxa, vol 17 [ re-published in Documenta 12 in Kassel 2007]  

2001 Monograph [book]: The Gendering of Art Education: Modernism Identity and Critical Feminism, Open University Press,

2005. Art criticism: ‘Textures of memory’ in Barbara Howey’s exhibition catalogue Techniques of Memory. Huddersfield Art Gallery.

2006 Art criticism: “Like” in Henry Rogers ed.’, Article Press, Birmingham Art Becomes You!: Parody, Pastiche and the Politics of Art. Materiality in a Post-material Paradigm (chapter) 

2006 catalogue essay: My Sponsor is the Leader of the Country. Elizabeth Rowe, digital collage <>

2004 Art criticism: ‘Losing it’ essay for catalogue for show Losing It of screen based/video work in Fenton gallery, Cork Eire.

1995 Article:‘Psychology and the subject of art education’, in J. and J. Swift Disciplines, Fields and Change in Art Education, vol.3 Article Press)

1994 Art Criticism chapter: ‘Modernism, Art Education and Sexual Difference’, in New Feminist Art Criticism. (ed.) Deepwell, K. Manchester University Press.

 1992 Art Criticism chapter ‘Housewives, Leisure Crafts and Ideology’ in Elinor, G. et al.(eds) Women and Crafts Virago

1979/85 Journal article ‘What is Art Education For? First printed in Feminist Arts News no. 1 Spring 1979 reprinted in Pollock, G and Parker, R (eds) Framing Feminism. 1985 Pandora.

1978/79/80 Article: ‘Feminist Art Practice and the Mass Media’  First printed in Feminist Arts News, 1978, Reprinted in Women's Studies International journal vol. 3 no. 1 1979 reprinted Pergamon Press.again as chapter in Baehr, H.(ed) Women and Media.1980

Journal publication. Where is ‘the subject’ of contextual practice?  in The Journal of Visual Art Practice, Intellect Publishers. Vol 3 no 1 issn1470-2029 

1999 ‘Oedipal Dramas in Art Education’ in The International Journal of Art and Design Education. 18: 3 ISSN 0260 9991

Report on Conference of Spanish/British Women printmakers in Women's Art Library Bulletin. January/ 10

1999 ‘Feminisms and Art Education’ in Drawing Fire v. 1;3 Jan

‘Cuntry Matters’ in Women's Art Journal (February) reprinted without my permission as “Rural Rumblings”

1974 Some thoughts on Feminist art in Sjoo, Monica (ed) Towards a Revolutionary feminist Art

relevant employments

1993-2007  Senior Lecturer:  Psychology and Theory of Art/studio practice. BCU  Birmingham Institute of Art and Design  MA Fine Art & Course Director MA Art & Education 

1987 -1992   Senior Lecturer: BA (Hons) Art and Social Context Dartington College of Arts, Devon, UK 'theory and printmaking'

Also taught as VT/part time & workshops at Plymouth College of Art, Bristol University, University of California Santa Barbara, Tokarska gallery

1970-1987   teaching art in various secondary schools; Brighton Free SchoolRoedean School, Walworth Comprehensive School;  active in the Women’s Liberation Movement writing and illustrating alternative magazines – Spare RibA Woman’s PlaceBrighton VoiceFeminist Arts News; initiating and running community print workshops: printing campaign materials and posters.  [see archive material in Women’s LibraryGoldsmiths College Library and Feminist Archive, Bristol]

relevant papers, talks and public lectures

2010 paper: Influence of Feminism on Art Education.  Art Education Symposium held at the Herbert Gallery, Coventry, UK

2005 paper: ‘Leap’ at University of Berne, Switzerland conference: ‘E_motion in Motion’.

2001 paper: ‘The Creative Construction of Identity’ at the Performing The World Conference, Montauk, New York

2001 lecture : ‘Vision and Subjectivity’ Dept of Art & Architecture.  Parson’s School of Art.  Manhattan. New York

2001 paper: ‘Construction of identity through art’ given at conference The Arts and Human Development, organised by the Dept of Law and Sociology, University of Central England.

paper given: Influence of Feminism on Art Education.  Lanchester Gallery Projects (LGP) Coventry School of Art and Design, Art Education Symposium held at the Herbert Gallery, Coventry, UK

2000 May, paper: ‘Oedipal Dramas in Art Education’ at the NSEAD ann. conference dept of Art, University of Central England, Birmingham

1998 December, paper: ‘Feminist Aesthetics and Printmaking’ at the Conference of Spanish/British Women Printmakers, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 

1998 September, paper: ‘Art Education and the Feminization of the Workforce’at the conference Work and the Image, Leeds University. 17-19 April.

1997 Spring, paper: ‘Art Education and Consumer Identities’ at the Association of Art Historian's Annual Conference, The Courtauld Institute, London.

1998 April, paper: ‘Imagery and Identity’ at the 9th International Women's Studies Network Conference, University of Glamorgan

1998 October, paper:  XV Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, University of Rome, "La Sapienza", Italy

[from 1993-1998 numerous lectures given at various academic venues in the uk on feminism, subjectivity and art]


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