Denise Weston

Studio April 2017


"Weston is a real painter."

Robert Clark [The Guardian]

Originally from Sheffield, Denise Weston graduated from  Nottingham Trent University in 1985 with a 1st Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art. She was awarded an MA in Fine Art in 1986 from The University of Central England. She was a founding member of Oldknows Studio Group in Nottingham and was instrumental in setting up and curating exhibitions at Oldknows Gallery, an artist run exhibition space from 1989 - 1995. From 1987 onwards, she has worked as a practising artist and has exhibited in group and solo shows nationally and internationally.

Denise's work is included in both public and private collections, including the Bibliotheque Nationale Paris and Arts Council England. She has been the recipient of several major awards from Arts Council England, both for her own work, as well as artist lead initiatives and curatorial projects. Denise has worked as a visiting Lecturer on Fine Art Degree courses since 1987. She has recently worked as a part-time Fine Art Lecturer  for The Open College of the Arts and currently holds a 0.4 Lecturer post at New College Nottingham, UK.



2007-9 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, Nottingham Trent University

1997 C&G 2301 Computer Aided Engineering, Computer Aided Draughting. Basford Hall College of Further Education, Nottingham.

1988-89 Adult Education Teacher Training Course, (PT) Clarendon College of F.E. Nottingham. (Awarded City & Guilds 730)

1985-86 M.A. Fine Art Post Graduate, City of Birmingham Polytechnic. (Awarded M.A. with commendation.)

1982-85 B.A. Hons. Fine Art Degree, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham. (1st Class Hons.)

1981-82 Arts Foundation Course, Chesterfield College of Art & Design. (Distinction.)



201'2 'Introducing' The Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Leicestershire.
2011 The Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington ,UK .

2011 ' The Wheel Turns' Embrace Arts. Richard Attenborough Centre, The Univeristy of Leicester, UK.

2010 'Body in Pieces' ( Sideshow exhibition), Nottingham, UK.

2010 'The Public Are Not Invited', The Nottingham Workshop, Nottingham.

2010 'Reunion' Oldknows Factory, Nottingham ( Sideshow exhibitions, BAS7)

2009 Face to Face, Contemporary Portraiture, The Richard Attenborough Arts Centre, The University of Leicester, UK.

2008 Strata, Oldknows Studio, Nottingham.

2007 Oldknows @ 20 , mere jelly space, Oldknows Studio Group, Nottingham.

2006 Yes I said Yes I will Yes 1851 Gallery Nottingham Trent University

2004 mere jelly @ On the Wall, The Grand Hall, Olympia, London.

2002 Bridlesmith Gate Gallery, Nottingham. ‘Schmutter – Dialogues of Attire’. Two person show.

2002 Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, ‘Art from the Studio’.

2001 Gothenburg City Library, Foreningen Norden, Gothenburg, Sweden, ‘Av Modern Brittisk Konst’

2001 Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, ‘Visualise 2001’

2001 Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham. ‘Drawing Space’, with Alison Wilding, Simon Patterson.

2000 Oldknows Studio Group Exhibition, Oldknows Studio, Nottingham.

1999 Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University. ‘Circa ng 99.’

1997 Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University. ’Representing Lives’, with Lubina Himid, Sonia Lawson, Hilary Cartmel. (Curated by Pauline Lucas)

1996 Keele University Gallery, Staffordshire. ‘mere jelly’. Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. ‘mere jelly’ 

1995 Byard gallery, Nottingham.

1994 Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax. ‘Disparate Experiences, Unheard Singing, Chocolate Hearts’. Three person show. 

1993 Trigon Galerie, Magdeburg, Germany. ‘Works on paper’.

        Bernburg, Germany. ‘Works on paper’, with Ulrich Tarlatt.

        Nottinghamshire Prisons and Libraries. ‘Mind and Matter’. Four person touring show, organised by Angel Row Gallery.

1992-3 Bonn, Magdeburg, Neustadt, (Various Galleries) Germany. ‘Hinter den Sieben Meeren.’

1992 Mall Galleries, London. ‘The Discerning Eye’. Invited by Marina Vaizey.

        Palace of Culture, Poznan, Poland. ‘Twelve Artists from Nottinghamshire’.

        Wernigeroder Kunst und Kulturverein, Wernigerode, Germany. ‘Hinter den Sieben Meeren.’

        Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham. ‘Myth, Dream and Fable’. Six person show with Paula Rego, Eileen Cooper, Amanda   Faulkner.

1990 Northampton and Nottinghamshire Libraries. ‘A Dozen of Each’, touring exhibition. Organised by East Midlands Arts.

1989 Oldknows Gallery, Nottingham. ’30 Artists’, Nottingham Festival Exhibition.

1988-93 Oldknows Gallery, Nottingham, Oldknows Studio Group Exhibitions.

1988-89 Nottingham Castle Museum & Museum, ‘Artists Open’, selected by Graham Crowley. 

1987 Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham. ‘Across The Board’. 

        Bonington Gallery, Trent Polytechnic. ‘Three Years On – Three Painters’.

1986 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. M.A. Fine Art Exhibition.

        Concourse Gallery, City of Birmingham Polytechnic. ‘



2018 'Women of a Nervous Disposition' Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester 2nd February-28th March.  Funded by Arts Council England

2017 'Women of a Nervous Disposition' Lace Market Gallery, NCN Nottingham. (April/May) Funded by Arts Council England.

2012 'Girls- The Female Gaze' (Part 1' Lakeside Arts Centre, The University of Nottingham.

2012 'Girls -The Female Gaze' (Part 2) Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington ,Leicestershire.

2005 ‘Fabrication’ 1851 Gallery, Nottingham Trent University.

2002 ’Paintings of Youth’ Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, South Hall.

1993 Leicester City Gallery, Main Gallery space. 

        Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester.

        Nottingham Castle Museum & Gallery, South Hall.

1992 Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. ‘Recent Paintings’ invited to show alongside ‘Domesticity and Dissent’ – The Role of Women Artists in Germany, 1918-1938.

1990 Nottingham Polytechnic, ‘Crossing The Water’.

1988-89 Nottinghamshire Libraries. ‘Her Kind’. Touring exhibition, organised by Nottingham County Council.



December 2016- May 2018 Arts Council England Lottery grant award. Award to develop research , produce, exhibit work for 'Women of a Nervous Disposition' series.

2006 Arts Council England. Grant for Cabaret Pink event – music and performance art.

2005 Future factory, Nottingham Trent University. Commissioned to produce new drawings for 'Fabrication' One person show. 1851 Gallery, Nottingham Trent University.

2005 Arts Council England. Grant for development of mere jelly HQ

2004 Arts Council England. Research and Development grant. (Individual award)
Arts Council England Grant for mere jelly @ On the Wall 04
East midlands Development Grant for curating mere jelly @On the Wall 04

2003 Arts Council England Grant for curating mere jelly @ On the Wall 04.

2001 Awards for All Lottery Grant for running art workshops at Stonebridge City Farm, Notttingham.

1999 Lottery Grant for Open Studio and Creative programme.

1998 East Midlands Arts Project Grant for Open Studios event.

1996 East Midlands Arts Bursary Award.
        East Midlands Arts Grant for ‘mere jelly’ exhibition.
        New Arts Work, Commissions programme for Nottinghamshire.

1995 Eaton Fund for Artists, London.

1994 East Midlands Arts Exhibition Grant.

1992 Grant from Wernigeroder Kunst und Kulturverein to participate in ‘Hinter den Sieben Meeren’, International Artists Symposium and Exhibition, Germany.

1991 East Midlands Arts Project Grant.

1990 East Midlands Arts Collection.

1988 East Midlands Arts Starter Grant.



Denise has been privately commissioned to create several pieces of work. She has also produced a series of large scale drawings for  Future Factory, Nottingham 2005 ' Fabrication' exhibition and the 1851 Gallery (all at Nottingham Trent University). 



Denise's work is held in many private collections, including:

Arts Council England, East Midlands Collection.
Private Collections in U.K, Germany, France, New York.
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.



*Weston,Denise, 'Women of a Nervous Disposition' exhibition catalogue, 2017. Produced for Lace Market, gallery, Nottingham, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester 2018.
* Clark, Robert, ‘mere jelly’ catalogue, On the Wall, Olympia , London 2004.
* Morgan, Stuart, ‘mere jelly’ Catalogue. Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Keele University Gallery, Stafforshire. 1996.
* Tarlatt, Ulrich & Kowalski, Jorg. ‘Common Sense – Almanach fur Kunst und Literratur, 1992. Edition Augenweide 75ed ; produced lithographs for limited edition. (Copies held in collection of Biliotheque National, Paris.)
* Vaizey, Marina. ‘The Discerning Eye’. Catalogue. Mall Galeries, London. 1992.
* Hall, Charles. ‘Myth, Dream and Fable’. Arts Review. April 1992.
* Lucas, Pauline. ‘Myth, Dream and fable’. Catalogue. Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.1992.


2017/18 Fine Art Lecturer - Fine Art Foundation Degree, Nottingham College.
December 2013-2015- Part-time Fine Art Lecturer, Open College of The Arts ( B. A. Fine Art )
2006 - 2012  Part-time Lecturer, BA Hons Fine Art , The University of Nottingham, UK.

2002 onwards Fractional post Lecturer, New College Nottingham - now Nottingham College. A level Applied Art & Design Course Tutor/ A level Art & Design Lecturer.

2002 - 2012 .Part-time Lecturer, The University of Nottingham, School of Continuing Education (Visual Art - Open Studies courses)

1999 – 2000 Part-time Lecturer, New College Nottingham, City College. Pre-Degree Foundation Course.

1995 -2000 Part-time Lecturer, New College Nottingham. G.N.V.Q. Advanced Art & Design.

1989 – 1997 Visiting Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University. B.A. and M.A. Fine Art.

1994-95 Part-time Lecturer, South-East Derbyshire College of F.E. Art & Design.

1992-95 Visiting Lecturer, Loughborough College Of Art & Design. (BA Fine Art)

1993-94 Visiting Lecturer, Clarendon College of F.E. Nottingham. Foundation Course.

1989-92 Part-time Lecturer, Adult Education Department, Clarendon College Of F.E. Nottingham.

1989 Visiting Lecturer, Cheltenham College of Art. B.A. Fine Art. Visiting Lecturer, City of Birmingham Polytechnic. B.A. Fine Art.

1987 Part-time Lecturer, Stourbridge College of Art & Design Foundation Course.

1986 Art Leader (workshops) Canon Hill Arts Centre, Birmingham.


Additional Career information

2006 Co-organised and performed in Cabaret Pink, Fame Factory, Oldknows Factory, Nottingham.

2003-4 Co-ordinated and co-curated mere jelly @ On the Wall 04

1998 Co-ordinated Open Studios event, Oldknows Studio Group, Nottingham.

1996 Curated ‘Mere Jelly’ exhibition, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Keele University, Staffordshire.

1992 Produced lino-cuts for limited edition of 100 portfolios, Germany. Participant in ‘Hinter den Sieben Meeren’, International Artists Symposium, Wernigerode, Germany. Produced and exhibited work alongside Italian, Romanian, Spanish and German artists.

1991-94 Artists’ representative on Consultative Group, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.

1989-95 Oldknows Gallery Committee. Involved in fund-raising for artist-run gallery, curating exhibitions of work of artists from U.K., Germany, Poland, New York.

1987-2009  - Founding member of Oldknows Studio Group and Gallery, Nottingham UK.

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