EDUCATION
MA Drawing, 2018  |  UAL Wimbledon College of Art
(UAL) Art and Design Foundation, 2015  |  City Literary Institute
BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice, 1994  |  University of Westminster
ADDITIONAL TRAINING
Discovering Voices, ICA Cultural Leadership Programme, 2008  |  Institute of Contemporary Art
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS​​​​​​​
RA Summer Exhibition
22 September – 2 January 2022
Over 1,300 works of art slected by coordinator Yinka Shonibare and a panel of artists, under the theme of 'Reclaiming Magic'.
Royal Academy of Arts
6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET
To the Edge of Time
22 October – 16 January 2022
To the Edge of Time is co-curated by Hannah Redler Hawes (independent curator) and Professor Thomas Hertog (KU Leuven). Its narrative is based on the scientific discovery of the Big Bang theory. This rich scientific discovery story is told from an interdisciplinary perspective, working with modern and contemporary art to create a lyrical multi sensory narrative.
KU Leuven Libraries
Monseigneur Ladeuzplein 21, 3000 Leuven, Belgium


The Seed Keepers - Solo Show
11 November – 18 December 2021
The Seed Keepers (2021) is a series which fuses Watkiss' interests in botany, herbalism, ecology, history and Afrofuturism. Researching the medicinal and psychical capabilities of plants, Watkiss has personified a matrilineal pantheon of plant warriors safeguarding and facilitating cross-generational knowledge and empowerment.
Tiwani Contemporary Gallery

16 Little Portland St, London W1W 8BP

2021 - Breakfast Under the Tree - Curated by Russel Tovey Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate
2021 - Drawing Biennial 2021
Drawing Room, 1-27 Rodney Place, London SE17 1PP

2020 - The Abstract Truth of Things Tiwani Contemporary Gallery, London W1W 8PB
2020 - Me, Myself and I Collyer Bristow Gallery, London WC1R 4TF
2020 - Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing PrizeThe Gallery, De Montford University, Leicester
2020 - Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize
66 Orchard Place, London E14 OJY
2019 - Thinking GraphiteDrawing Projects UK, 10 Stallard Street, Wiltshire, BA14
2019 - Figure This!
Thames Side Studios Gallery, Woolwich, London SE18 5NR
2019 - Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize  |  Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire
2019 - Out of Darkness  |  St John on Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath Road,  E2 9PA
2018 - Wimbledon College of Art MA Degree Show  |  Merton Hall, Wimbledon,  SW19 3QA
2018 - Against Static (Curated by Tania Kovats)  |  Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon,  SW19 3QA
2018 - Lumen Residency Exhibition  |  Crypt Gallery, Euston Rd, London NW1 2BA
2017 - New Perspectives  |  The Centre for Recent Drawing, London N1 1SB
2017 - She Says  |  Nolia's Gallery, 60 Great Suffolk St, Bankside, London SE1 0B
2017 - Same Difference  |  The ArtSpace, Cass Art 103 Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 
2017 - East Wing Collective Group Show  |  Menier Gallery 51 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
2016 - 100 x Madonna  |  The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA
2016 - Art At The Bridge #7  |  Tower Bridge Engine Rooms, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 
COLLECTIONS
Cartwright Hall Museum, Bradford
Harry David Art Collection
International private collections
RESIDENCIES
Lumen Residency
Atina, Italy, 3 - 17 August 2017
AWARDS
Shortlisted awardee 198 Gallery Women of Colour Award, 2020
Shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, 2019
PUBLICATIONS
Vitamin D3: Today's Best in Contemporary Drawing, 2021, Phaidon ISBN: 9781838661694
Me Myself and I Catalogue, 2020, Collyer Bristow Gallery - Read here

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Catalogue, 2019, Editied by Anita Taylor ISBN 978-1-9999936-1-0
Figure This! Exhibition Catalogue, Edited by Elinca Cerla, ISBN 978-1697367522
Ethics: Preserving Voices Vulnerable to Erasure, Shades of Noir, 2018
PRESS ARTICLES
Phaidon Article - Charmaine Watkiss Why I Draw, Read here
Eye On Art Review The Abstract Truth of Things, Read here
An exploration of the Abstract Truth of Things, Aurella Yussuf -
Read here
Frieze review, The Abstract Truth of Things, Aida Amoako - Read here
IN CONVERSATION
THE SHOWROOM PRESENTS IN.FLO.RES.CENCE -
Andrew Pierre Hart, Charmaine Watkiss, Nduduzo Makhathini & Katherine Finerty - Watch here
COLLYER BRISTOW GALLERY - ME, MYSELF AND I - exhibition tour and talk with curator Rosalind Davis, watch here
TALKS AND SEMINARS
2019 - Figure This! - Panel discussion around socio political ideas embodied in figurative work
2019 - Speaker at Why Drawing Matters conference, Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire.
2019 - One hour artist talk to BA Fine Art students at Chelsea College of Art, London
2018 - I Am the Person I Know Best: Conversations Within Black Women's Art (Artist talk)  |  
The V&A Museum, London - Click here for more information.
2017 - An Evening with John Blanke (Artist talk)  |  The British Library, Euston Road, London

2017 - Alev Lenz Studio: Panel Discussion & Workshop (Panel discussion exploring BME representation in the creative industries) | Alev Lenz Studio, London
COMMISSIONS
Rock Paper Scissors - Micro Commission from Drawing Room. I was one of a hand full of artists invited to create a downloadable activity pack for young children during the lockdown period. The idea was to create something engaging which also introduces them to our respective practices.

TEACHING
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Workshop - Trinity Buoy Wharf as part of the TBW prize exhibition London
Drawing Memories Workshop - Drawing Projects, Trowbridge - part of Why Drawing Matters symposium
Thames Side Print Studio 2013 to 2020 - Introduction to Photo Lithography
Mark Product, Clerkenwell 2018 to 2019 - Monthly life drawing class

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