Eleanor Bowen



1974-7 BA Hons Fine Art (painting), Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts

1977 Abbey Major Scholarship in Painting, British School at Rome

1997-8 MA Critical Studies, Visual Arts and Theatre, Wimbledon School of Art

2000-5 Practice-based PhD, Wimbledon School of Art, funded by AHRB Doctoral Award in Creative and Performing Arts


selected group exhibitions

1976 Stowell’s Trophy exhibition, Royal Academy

1978/9 Mostra 1 & 2, British School at Rome

1982 Ex-ILEA, Whitechapel Gallery London

1983 Small Works, Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery

1991 Art for Equality, ICA Gallery, London

1985/6 Artists’ Showcase Laing Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1993 Open House, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

1993 Newcastle Group touring exhibition, Western Australia

1997 Cheltenham Open Drawing Biennale

2002-3 Drawing- the Process, UK touring exhibition (Uni’s of Kingston & Plymouth)

2010 Print Now, Bearspace, Deptford & London Art Fair

2010 First Pembrokeshire Open, Torch Theatre, Haverfordwest

2010 Core Gallery Open, Deptford X

2011 Manual Setting, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London

2011 Ruth Borchard self-portrait exhibition, King’s Place Gallery, London

2011 Many Hands, Royal Society, London


selected solo exhibitions

1992 Deaths and Entrances, University Gallery, University of Northumbria, Newcastle

1996 Breaking the Rectangle, DLI Art Gallery, Durham

1996 For All Beneath the Moon, touring exhibition of drawings made during

RSC residency (Newcastle Playhouse; RSC Collection, Stratford-upon-Avon;

Barbican Arts Centre, Foyer Gallery)


awards & commissions

1977 Stowells Trophy Award (figurative prize)

1984 Platforms for Artists commission, mural for Darlington Station

1994 Northern Arts Major Bursary (shared award)

1994 Jack Clemo Memorial Poetry Award (prizewinner)

2000 AHRB Doctoral Award in Creative and Performing Arts



1994 Drawing Residency, Royal Shakespeare Company,Theatre Royal, Newcastle

2009 Residency, Centre for Drawing Project Space, Wimbledon College of Art,

University of the Arts London

2010 ‘On Trauma’ residency (WW1 archive project), CfD, UAL



1995 Poetry Now (Northern Arts)

2006 Ambiguity in Practice (Tracey drawing research website)

2007 Performance Research Vol 11 No. 3 ‘Lexicon’ (contributor to Documenta 12,

Journal of Journals)

2008 Performance Research Vol 13 No. 2 ‘On Choreography’

2010 Catalogue, Dream Stories (Engine Room commission for Domestic & General plc)

2011 Visual Dialogues Strategic Commissioning Programme Evaluation Report 2010, Tate Britain (co-authored)

2011 Visual Dialogues, brochure publication, Tate Britain (co-authored)

2012 Drawing Out 2012 Conference (Proposal for Drawing as Writing)



Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Collection

British Rail

British Telecom

Galleri Riis, Norway

Inner London Education Authority

St Nicholas’ Hospital, Newcastle

Toninelli Gallery, Rome

University of Sunderland

Private collections, UK and abroad  



1984-2000 Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art, University of Sunderland

2008-9 Tutor, MA Drawing, Camberwell College, UAL

2008–9 Tutor, Widening Participation Programme, Wimbledon College

2008-10 Project Manager, Engine Room, University of the Arts London

2006 - 11 Short Courses Tutor, Artscom, UAL

2010 – 11 Data collector/co-evaluator, Visual Dialogues programme, Department of Learning, Tate Britain

2011 Tutor, MA Art Theory, Chelsea College, UAL

2011 Tutor/facilitator, Rosetta Arts Centre, London