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Tina Balmer



1979-83  St Martin’s School of Art, London, BA Hons Fashion Design

1978-79  Hertfordshire College of Art & Design - Foundation

Various workshops and courses including Brighton University and    Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne, &

Newlyn Art School

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Brantwood, the Severn Studio, Coniston March 

2014 the Bowie Gallery

2011   Beach Hut Gallery, Kents Bank, Cumbria

2010   The Warehouse Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria

2010   Artisan, Kendal

2009   Pre-found Gallery, Staveley, Cumbria

 Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Bellwood & Wright Christmas Exhibition

2015  Glyndebourne , Stables Gallery - Summer Festival

2014 Oriel Gallery, summer show, llanbedrog 2014 Linton Court Gallery ,Settle 2014 line Surface curve gleam. Sussex

2013 Bellwood & Wright Fine Art Lancaster

2013 'Out of theKiln'

2013 The Beach Hut Gallery  Teapots and plates

2013 C-art open studio

2013  ArtFest North Kendal

2012   ‘Working Coppice’ Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre, Sedbergh, Cumbria

2012   ‘The Artful Fox’ Brighton Artists Open Houses

2012   ‘The Old Forge’ Brighton Artists Open Houses

2011   ‘Flowers’, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria

2011   ‘Open Up North’, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal,Cumbria

2011   Upfront Open, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria

2010   The Lakes Artists Summer Exhibition, Grasmere, Cumbria

2007-12 Various venues for Green Door Art Trail

2006    Brighton Art Fair - joint stand with Harold Mockford

1999-12 Various Open Houses for Brighton Festival

1999-2012 Various venues for Lewes Artwave

2002     Arundel Art Trail


Grants & Awards

2011 - 3rd Prize winner – ‘Open Up North’- The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria


Professional Activities

2013  Co founder  ArtFest North Kendal

2007 & 2011 - Green Door Art Trail Organiser

2010 - Director/ member- Beach Hut Gallery, Kents Bank, Cumbria

2007-08 - Director- Printfest, Ulverston, Cumbria from 09 continue as committee member

2007 - Curated  ‘Margaret Traherne’ retrospective exhibition, The Hillcrest  Centre, Newhaven, East Sussex

1999-2006 - Chair, Pilot Studios, Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven, East Sussex


My paintings are an appreciation of the domestic and the ordinary.   A contemplation of the rituals of daily life, brief moments or treasured objects from loved people, the joy and warmth of connections.

Flowers, vases, jugs, teapots on table top, a cat sleeping, a haze of light in a garden, a walk the dog in the woods, an old couple sharing a picnic by the sea. Visions of the everyday are both inspiration and celebration.

Underpinned by a sense of design, perspective is often ignored or changed. Light and shadow inform the pattern.  Paint is used in a    relaxed, way, with quick marks, sometimes scraped back, sometimes applied thickly with a palette knife, sometimes in washes, drips or splashes, until gradually the painting emerges and becomes itself.


I graduated from St Martins’ School of Art, London in 1983 with a degree in Fashion Design. I have been exhibiting my paintings since 1998. I moved to Cumbria from Sussex years in 2006 and have continued to exhibit while organising open houses, art trails and exhibitions including Printfest and Artfest North. .


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