Artist statement

Exploring places, wandering, walking, gathering treasures, artefacts and all manner of flotsam and jetsam are the starting points for creating my collections. Foraged items then sit with me in the studio, allowing time and space to respond via drawings, sculpture, prints, paintings and collage.

These collections offer a new angle from which to learn about a place, observe and ultimately suggest new ways of looking. Equal importance is given to each object, removing any hierarchy. The Wunderkammer is an important context for my work, with its ethos of using intriguing collections as a way of learning about and understanding the world.


Tina Dempsey – Artist, Collector & Gentle Adventurer
Living & working on the North West Coast UK


Solo Exhibitions & Commissions
soil.asleep.chill, The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery 2022
Imagine a world, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston 2020
JOY, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool 2019
Songs for Strangers, Fylde Gallery, 2019

Selected Group Exhibitions
Bodfa Continuum, Plas Bodfa, Anglesey 2022
Watch This Space, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool 2022
The Manchester Contemporary, Abingdon Studios stand, Manchester 2021
Warrington Open 2020, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington 2020
Inner Landscapes, Hilbert Raum Gallery, Berlin 2019
Inner Landscapes: A Snapshot, Paper Gallery, Manchester 2019
Warrington Open 2019, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington 2019
Paste Table Gallery, Putney Library, London 2018
Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2018
Tracing PAPER, PAPER Gallery, Manchester, 2018
KAOS Festival of Contemporary Collage, Layer House, Slovenia, 2018
Something Or Nothing, Abingdon Studios Blackpool, 2018
Outcome, PR1 Gallery, Preston 2018
On – Going, SLOE Gallery, Manchester, 2017
AIR Open 2017, AIR Gallery, Altringham, 2017
Looking In, Looking Through, Neo:gallery23, Bolton, 2017
Small World, PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2017
Bath Open Art Prize, 44AD Gallery, Bath, 2017 (2nd Prize)

Art for Everyone, Bolton Museum Young Producers & Bolton Culture Champions 2022
DETACHED, Garth Gratrix, AIR Gallery, Altrincham 2019
Semi-detached, Garth Gratrix, Hanover Project, Preston 2017

Coastal Studies, Ongoing self-funded coastal research
Abingdon Studio Members Bursary, ACE funded 2022
Jerwood 1:1 Fund, Jerwood Arts Nov 21-March 22
DYCP Fund – Arts Council England May-Nov 2021
Time Space Money, a-n bursary 2020
LeftCoast Express 6, 2019

Field Research
Fossil Hunting – Staithes, Kerry Tenbey, Jerwood 1:1 Funding Ongoing
Anglesey Coast, Garth Gratrix, DYCP Funded Research 2021
Beach Research – Fleetwood, Anthony Hall, DYCP Funded Research 2021
Coastal Sounds – Fleetwood, Rick Thompson, DYCP Funded Research 2021

Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Collection
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Collection
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England, Bristol

The Partnership – Lead Artist, Grundy Gallery & Venture Arts Manchester Ongoing
It Belongs to All of Us – Bolton Museum Young Producers & Bolton Culture Champions 2021 -22
Generation Change – Super Slow Way & Blaze, Collaborative Public Art Commission 2020-21
Quality Corridors Project, Blackpool Council 2021-22
Handle with Care, LeftCoast Documentary project 2020-2021
Festival of Hope Bolton – Commissioned artist 2020
Lines, Dots, Dashes & Blobs, Art B&B, Blackpool 2019

Artistic Development
The Faculty North, Heart of Glass & In-Situ 2021
Tracing PAPER, PAPER Gallery Manchester 2017-2018

Qualifications and Training
2013-2016: BA (First Class Honours) Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
2012-2013: Art & Design Foundation Degree, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

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