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 curated by Grayson Perry; Architecture As Metaphor, with Phyllida Barlow, Rachel Whiteread, and Richard Deacon at the Griffin Gallery in 2017; and LA.CU.NA at LAMB Arts in 2016.  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 Madrid and London, with the critically acclaimed exhibition “The Light in the World is Without a Significant Plan”.


Selected Exhibitions



WAC Awards, Wells Cathedral, Somerset, UK

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

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

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

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


The Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London, Town Hall, United Kingdom

Arts -Trowbridge and The Pencil Museum, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Group Exhibition, 67 York Street, Marylebone, London

St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, St Ives, September 2018

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

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, 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

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 2014, 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 School, Kent

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





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





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