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Appleby's drawings amplify each environment's simplicity and purity with an aim of clarification.  These clean minimal spaces offer little information yet have an authority to describe a magnitude.  The non-narrative architectural spaces make enquiries of the memory, knowledge and experience of human space.


Jemma Appleby (United Kingdom, 1987) is a graduate of City and Guilds of London Art School.  Her works have been showcased in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Colombia, in exhibitions such as; the Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts; Architecture As Metaphor, with Phyllida Barlow, Rachel Whiteread, and Richard Deacon at the Griffin Gallery; and LA.CU.NA at LAMB Arts.  Her works are featured in the permanent collections of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Macaulay Library in Kent and Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant.

She is the recipient of The Arts Club Prize for Finest Drawing at the National Open Art Competition in 2010 and The Haworth Trust Award for Painting.  Appleby recently had exhibitions in Gibraltar, Madrid and London, with the critically acclaimed exhibition “The Light in the World is Without a Significant Plan”.


Selected Exhibitions


The London Group Open Exhibition, London

At The Water's Edge, Pie Factory, Margate
170th Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Summer Exhibition curated by David Remfry RA, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

193rd RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts, Dublin

197th RSA Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

St Barbe Open, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Hampshire

Royal Cambrian Academy of Art Open, Conwy, Wales


ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
RWA Annual Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
'The Architecture of Trees', Gallery East, Woodbridge Suffolk
'New Mythologies', King & McGaw, OHSH Projects, London
'Regeneration: The Queen’s Green Canopy', Nature in Art Museum and Gallery, Gloucester

Light/Dark, London
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Summer Exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare RA, Royal Academy of Arts, London
‘Being With Trees’, Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, Gibraltar

‘Luce’, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London
‘Folding the Visible’, online solo exhibition with Daniel Benjamin Gallery curated by Maria Valeria Biondo


WAC Awards, Wells Cathedral, Somerset

'The Light in the World is Without a Significant Plan', Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London

'Lux Materia', Programa Taide and Daniel Benjamin Gallery, Madrid, Spain

'The Art of The Tree', The Young Gallery, Salisbury

Creekside Open, Selected by Sacha Craddock, APT Gallery, London


The Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London, touring to Trowbridge Arts, Wiltshire and The Pencil Museum, Cumbria

St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, St Ives

‘Making Space’, Kobi & Teal, Frome, Somerset

ArtRooms Roma, Rome

Summer Exhibition curated by Grayson Perry, Royal Academy of Arts, London


‘The Art of Trees’, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London

‘Be Right Back’, Manuel Vason Studio, London

Browns East, Shoreditch, London

‘Four Fingers and a Thumb’, Strand Gallery, London

‘Les Arborealistes - L'art des arbres’, Les Dortoirs des Moines, Poitiers, France

‘Architecture As Metaphor’, Griffin Gallery, London, with Phyllida Barlow and Richard Deacon 

‘Peripheries at Lisa Norris Gallery’, London


‘LA.CU.NA’, LAMB Arts, London

Art Bo, LAMB Arts – Bogota, Colombia

‘The Arborealists: The art of the tree’, St Barbe Museum, Lymington

Chicks with Bricks, Cannes


LAPADA, Berkley Square, London

‘Arborealists: The Art of Trees’, Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Royal West of England Academy Secret Postcard Auction, Bristol

Antlers Gallery, London Art Fair, London


‘Arboretum’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

‘Contemporary and Modern British Drawings’, The Art Stable, Dorset

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Visual Arts, London

‘Perfectionism: A Method of Practice’, Griffin Gallery, London



‘Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree’, St Barbe Museum in association with Southampton City Art Gallery

‘Strange Worlds’, Forum des Arts, Chateau de Blavou, Normandy

‘About Town’, Sarah O’Kane Contemporary Fine Art, Lewes



‘Griffin Art Prize’, Griffin Gallery, London

‘Ludlow Open’, Ludlow

‘Holon 1:14.013’, Meantime, Cheltenham, solo exhibition

‘The Open West 2012’, Gloucester Cathedral



‘Now is my Winter’, Griffin Rayne Gallery, London

‘Outside In’, Store Street Gallery, London

Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art, One Alfred Place, London 

‘Artworks Open 2011’, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London

‘Exhausted Colour’, Griffin Rayne Gallery, London

RBA Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London



‘Intimate Spaces’, Galerie8, London

National Open Art Competition Chichester

‘Along These Lines’, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London




Permanent collection at the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

‘Democracy’, site specific drawings for permanent collection, Macaulay Library, Babington House, Kent

Permanent collection at Hartnett Holder & Co, Limewood, Lyndhurst and Whitley Ridge, Brockenhurst




The Academy Award at Royal West of England Academy
Shortlist Drawing of the Year 2022, ArchiSource

St Barbe Open, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Hampshire - High Commended

Royal Cambrian Academy of Art Open, Conwy, Wales - Highly Commended


Chateau de Blavou Residency - Forum des Arts, Normandy


Meantime Residency in association with The Open West 


The Arts Club Prize for Finest Drawing, National Open Art Competition

Royal Society of British Artists residency award at The British School at Rome 


The Haworth Trust Award for Painting





Ideas Pocketbook 2023, ArchiSource

‘Seeing Architecture in a different light’ by Rupert Bickersteth, Architects Journal


The Guardian/The Observer – ‘Into the Woods’ – Exhibition review by Rachel Cooke

‘Trebuchet’ Issue 2, ISSN:1753-030X

‘BE: The journal of the Built Environment Trust’

‘Les Arborealistes: L’art des arbres’ Poitiers, France, ISBN:978-0-9555510-5-5

‘Architecture as Metaphor’, ISBN:978-0-9954639-6-7


Blouin Art Info – ‘What to See, and Buy, Art Bo’, Exhibition review

‘The Arborealists: The art of the tree’ by Angela Summerfield and Peter Davis2016 ISBN 978-1908326867

House & Garden – profile by Emily Tobin


‘Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree from Constable to Kurt Jackson’ by Anne Anderson 2013 ISBN 978-1-908326-30-02


‘Holon | Hutong | Jubilee’, handmade limited edition book


‘Gallery View’, The Market, business investment magazine



‘Press Release’, Threadneedle Prize



The Culture Show Special Edition: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009, BBC2





City and Guilds of London Art School


Byam Shaw School of Art

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