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About the artist

After training in Textiles and Fine Art at Canterbury College, Kent, Judy's career took her into art therapy, mental health, social work, palliative care and counselling until, after twenty five years, she left to resume her art work.

Her work is mainly abstract and she works in layers using fabric, paint, gesso and stitch.

Her ideas provide a starting point and then the process takes over and has a life of its own until the piece is resolved.

She's interested in surfaces: what is hidden and what is revealed and how the past plays a part in the present moment.  


She hopes her work can be a focus for contemplation and can touch you in a personal way.

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Member of Leeds Fine Artists


2024 Roundhay Open studios, Leeds. 4th - 6th May 24

2024 Mall Gallery, London. Group exhibition with RSBA 

2024 Crossley Gallery, Halifax Group exhibition with LFA

2023 Open Studios, Leeds 

2022 Open Studios, Leeds 

2019 Heart Centre, Leeds

2019 Open Studios, Leeds

2018 Foxhill House, Frodsham

2017 Open Studios, Leeds

2017 Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds

2016 Open Studios, Leeds

2016 Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds

2015 Open Studios, Leeds

2014 South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford

2014 Open Studios

2014 SECC, Glasgow

2013 NEC, Birmingham

2012 K and S show, Alexandra Palace, Harrogate, and Dublin 

2011 Howgill Gallery, Sedburgh

2008 Leeds Art Fair

2008 Bankfield Museum, Halifax

2006 Gathering of Three, Poole in Wharfedale

2006 Prism, Mall galleries, London

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