ANNE DESMET RA RE                 

1964                     Born in Liverpool, UK

1983-86                BA Fine Art, Oxford University

1987-88                Printmaking Postgrad. Diploma, Central School of Art, London

1988                     Elected Associate (ARE) Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Fellow (RE) 1991

1989-90                British School at Rome Scholarship in Printmaking

1991                     MA Fine Art, Oxford University; elected to Society of Wood Engravers (SWE)

1998-2013            Editor of Printmaking Today magazine

2003-7                  External examiner, BA & MA Fine Art, Aberystwyth University

2008                     Elected Member of Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

2010-12                External examiner, FdA & BA Fine Art, Kingston College

2010-19                Honorary Fellow/Creative Associate, Aberystwyth University

2011                     Elected Member of Royal Academy of Arts (RA)

2018                     Honorary Fellowship, Worcester College, Oxford University


Awards & Prizes

2015                     Honorary Member: Printmakers Council, UK

2014                     Juror’s Prize: Footprint Exhibition, Connecticut, USA

                             Prize: Lessedra Mini Print Exhibition, Sofia, Bulgaria

2013, 99               Prizes: Mini Print Biennial, Connecticut, USA

2012                     Grants for the Arts Award: Arts Council England

2011                     V&A Acquisition Prize: The Discerning Eye, London

                             Intaglio Printmaker & SWE Prizes: Bite National Print Exhibition, London

2010                     London Original Print Fair Award: RA Summer Exhibition

2010, 07               Judges’ Awards: Mini Print Triennale, Lahti Art Museum, Finland

2009                     Honourable Mention: 7th Mini Print Biennial, Connecticut, USA

2008, 05, 04         SWE Awards: Originals, London

2007                     Zenith Collection & SWE Prizes: Originals07, London

2007, 96, 89         Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Awards Canada

2006                     Rachel Reckitt Award: SWE Annual Exhibition, touring UK

2004                     Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Printmaking Award

2000                     Exhibition Prize: Mini-Print International, Vitoria, Brazil

1998                     Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award USA

                             Art Review Award: National Print Exhibition, London

                             Museum Purchase Prize: Grafinnova, 7th Open Print Triennial, Ostrobothnian Museum, Vaasa, Finland

1997                     Southern Arts Award S Dawson Taylor Award: RWA Open Print, Bristol

1995                     Artist’s medal: Ex Libris Museum, Moscow, Russia

1994                     G Tuffrey Memorial Award: RWA Open Print, Bristol

1992                     Prize: South Bank Picture Show, London

1991                     Rooks Rider Prize: A View of the New, Royal Overseas League, London

1987                     Lithography Prize: PMC National Print Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, London


Public & Corporate Collections UK
Ashmolean Museum; Whitworth Art Gallery; V&A; National Art Library; British Museum; British Library; Museum of London; London Metropolitan Archive; RA; RWA; Fitzwilliam Museum; Pallant House; Royal Mint Museum; Royal Collection, Windsor Castle; Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate; Bradford Museums & Art Galleries; School of Art Museum, Aberystwyth University; Worcester & Balliol Colleges, Oxford; Eton College; Kent University; University of the West of England; Manchester University Library; Manchester Metropolitan University; Slaughter & May, London; National Grid PLC; Art Review


Public & Corporate Collections Worldwide
Ex Libris Museum, Moscow, Russia; Musée d'Art Contemporain, Chamalieres, France; Ostrobothnian Museum, Vaasa, & Lahti Art Museum, both Finland; Franciscan Museum & Art Gallery Gorica, Livno, Bosnia Herzegovina; Gibraltar Government Art Collection; Museo della Stampa, Mondovi & Museo Civico, Cremona, both Italy; Municipal Art Gallery, Lodz, Poland; Museu de Arte do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil; Whangarei Art Museum, Wharepuke, New Zealand; Guanlan Print Museum, Nanjing Art Gallery, Heilongjiang Provincial Museum of Art, Yinchuan Museum of Art, all in China; IMG Corporate, New York & Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, both USA


Solo Exhibitions (since 1993)

2018, 15               Long & Ryle, London

2018                     Gainsborough’s House Museum, Sudbury, Suffolk

2017                     Holborne Museum, Bath

2016, 14               Editions Ltd, Liverpool

2016, 1992           Royal Overseas League, London

2016                     Eton College, Berks

2015                     Wirral Festival of Firsts, Hoylake

2013                     Aldeburgh Lookout, Suffolk

2012                     Anne Desmet – Olympic Metamorphoses, touring: Pitzhanger Manor Gallery & RA Library, both London; Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate; Bluecoat Arts & Editions Ltd, both Liverpool

2012, 11, 10, 08, 06, 04                Hart Gallery, London

2012                     West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield, Yorks

2009, 1995, 93     Godfrey & Watt, Harrogate

2008-10                Anne Desmet – Urban Evolution, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester & touring: School of Art Museum, Aberystwyth; Mercer; Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk; Liverpool Hope University; UCLAN, Preston; RWA; Cartwright Hall, Bradford

2002, 00, 1998, 96, 94, 92, 91      Duncan Campbell Fine Art, London

1998-99                Anne Desmet – Towers & Transformations, major retrospective, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford & touring: School of Art Museum, Aberystwyth; Holburne Museum, Bath; Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University; Mercer; Millais Gallery, Southampton Institute; Oriel 31, Powys; & Whitworth

1995                     Anne Desmet – Wood Engraver, Ex Libris Museum, Moscow, Russia

2018                     RA250 Project, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

                             Anne Desmet RA & Friends, Kevis House Gallery, Petworth

2017                     Wood engravings: Gwen Raverat & Today’s Artists, Watts Gallery, Surrey

2016                     Three Royal Academicians, Gustavo Bacaristas Gallery, Gibraltar

2014                     Wood Engraving – Developing the Medium, Brook Gallery, Devon

                             Across the Pond, Manhattanville College, NY, USA

2012-14                Sense of Soane, Pitzhanger Manor, London & Aberystwyth University

2013                     Xilografia d’Oltremanica, Museum of Printing, Mondovi, Italy

2011                     Of Time & Place, A & A Gallery, Richmond, Surrey

2008                     3 Liverpool Printmakers, Editions Ltd, Liverpool

2003/4                 Rediscovering Rembrandt, & Anne Desmet, Whitworth, Manchester

2002                     De Ploeg print gallery, Groningen, Netherlands

2001                     Urban Evolution, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, USA

2000                     Espaco Cultural Yazigi International, Vitoria, Brazil

1999                     FourSight, Royal Over-Seas League, London

                             Printing from Wood, Artmonsky Arts, London

1996                     Two Wood Engravers, Printworks Gallery, Colchester

1993                     Three Women Engravers, Barbican Centre, London