I facilitate the flow of ideas by mapping and illustrating the live content at events. I also work on longer projects to help people and companies tell their stories and develop conversations using the power of imagery. Find further details and portfolio here: Blanche Illustrates
Clients include; The Royal Academy of Arts, The British Council, NHS, HMRC, The Kings Fund, BBC, Thomson Reuters, Mobile World Capital. Previous clients in the UK, USA, Spain, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Kuwait, Italy and India.
Festivals and Events; Shambala Festival & CRISIS at Christmas, in the UK, The Jaipur Literature Festival & The Jagriti Yatra 2015-6 in India.
2019, May-June, Curation of MISNōMA #3 The Wild & The Tame – Organising the inauguration and closing event, hosting a panel discussion and partaking in the group exhibition. In collaboration with Barcelona Academy of Art and the MEAM.
2018, December – Curation of MISNōMA #2 Art market & Art Festival
2018, June – Curation of MISNōMA #1 – Group exhibition and Art Festival involving interactive discussions, activities and performances including dance & poetry and an art fair. This role included project management, fundraising and sponsorship, coordinating volunteers, communications with; clients, artists, performers, sponsors and venue, logistics; organising venue and installation of artworks.
2018 – Founded MISNōMA – A platform for exhibitions and art festivals. For more information and future projects visit MISNōMA•bcn
2016, November – ‘Tide Take Him‘ Exhibition and launch of Various Guises Debut EP, London. I curated a group exhibition on the theme of the title track and exhibited the original and concept artwork for the EP as well as musical themed etchings. The EP artworks link together in a narrative line that echoes the songs.
2016, November – ‘Collage Mind‘ Solo exhibition at Creative Connection Studios, London.
2016, March – ‘Make Ready‘ Group Exhibition at Attico Arts, London. Exhibiting two works drawn from the songs of my folk duo Various Guises.
2015, December – 2016, January – Working with the Jagriti Yatra. A charity that runs an anual train journey around India, inspired by the train journey Gandhi took after returning from South Africa. It takes 400 young Indian social entrepreneurs to meet role models and experience the diversity of their own country from the biggest cities to its most rural outposts. They explore the strengths, weaknesses and challenges their country faces, land look for avenues of positive social change. Working in partnership with Temujen Gunawardena I lived on the train with the Yatri’s and created a 10 metre long mural capturing the content and experience of the journey.
2015, September – Group exhibition at the VGCC with Miscilânia Art Club. Exhibiting a series of figurative illustrations with cut-up text, an emerging series that’s still in progress and a cousin of the Mistakable Bodies series.
2014, November – ‘The Herodotus Debate’live and large-scale, narrative illustrations for collaborative, multimedia workshops spanning the arts, academia and interactive theatre. Funded by APGRD & Arts and Humanities Research Council.
2014, September – group exhibition of live drawings commissioned by Nicoline van Harskamp for her project based around a live translation of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion‘ from multiple languages at the Kunstraum Gallery in Hoxton, London. The resulting illustrations were also used in the publication of the transcript by Onomatopee.
2014, June – Group exhibition ‘Obsession: Love, Ritual, Collection’ at the Embassy Tea Gallery, London.
2013, December – 2014, December, Artist in Residence for the Caravanserai.
2013, December, Group exhibition ‘Rubbish‘. My work concerns the natural life and beauty that joins the debris in city streets and falls into the category of ‘waste’.
2013, November, Exhibition of large-scale work with Project 21 at the Caravanserai in Canning Town. A mural/cityscape work in relation to the area and it’s regeneration.
2012, July – working withBody Action Campaign charity running puppet making workshops for children in Tooting/Battersea.
2012 –Stars Trust charity and running English & art workshops for the children.
2012 – Art workshops with children at Emerson Private Academy.
2011 – 2012, Working with House of Fairy Taleson a variety of children’s arts events running immersive creative experiences for children.
2011, June – Collaborative exhibition with Dark Mountain Projectin Sainsbury Centre in Norwich. My exhibition called ‘Waste (Not)’ focused on challenging the categorisation of objects as waste.
2010 – Illustrations for children’s book ‘Aurora Stanhope’.
Barcelona Academy of Art, 2017 -2019, Scholarship – Working in a traditional atelier to explore ‘old master’ draftmanship and oil painting techniques within the western traditions of realism.
Royal Drawing School, London, 2015 – Three month Drawing Intensive course.
Blake College, London 2011 – 2012 Foundation in Art and Design (Distinction, work selected as exceptional). My work explored a blend of verbal/worded and visual/abstract communication, the build and residue of ritual, and the ways to grow individual and communal expression and interpretation. Veils and StonesProject.
Reed College, USA 2009-2010 as part of the Literature degree below. At Reed I studied mainly painting and short stories, leading me closer and closer to my interest in folk tales and oral culture.
UEA , Norwich 2007-2011 – American Literature and Creative Writing (1st) with broad smatterings of history, philosophy and painting. Focusing in my latter years on Native American and Afro-American literature, film and traditional folk-tales and oral culture.
And the last note on education is that gained, informally, from all the people I’ve met in, and in-between, all the above places.