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
Discovering Voices, ICA Cultural Leadership Programme, 2008  |  Institute of Contemporary Art

Drawing attention: emerging British artists
17 March - 28 August 2022, Gallery 90 British Museum

An exciting group of drawings by emerging British artists will highlight new directions in the field of contemporary drawing as well as its relationship to the history of the medium. The exhibition is supported by an Art Fund New Collecting Award, which has enabled the Museum to research, acquire and display drawings made by emerging artists who have studied, lived or worked in the UK, transforming the Museum’s holdings in this area. Over 20 new acquisitions will be shown for the first time alongside some of the most celebrated works from the Museum’s collection, highlighting their continuities with historical traditions of draughtsmanship.
The exhibition will include drawings by Catherine Anyango Grünewald, Josephine Baker, Miriam de Burca, Somaya Critchlow, Jake Grewal, David Haines, Rosie Hastings and Hannah Quinlan, Mary Herbert, Jessie Makinson, Jade Montserrat, Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin) and Charmaine Watkiss.

Charmaine Watkiss: The Wisdom Tree
27 May - 30 October 2022
A solo presentation of works from 2017 to the present day.
Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow
Leeds, LS1 3AA
The Company She Keeps - Group Show
26 May - 13 August 2022
Chioma Ebinama, Miranda Forrester, Temitayo Ogunbiyi,
Nengi Omuku, and Charmaine Watkiss


13 Elsie Femi Pearse Street, Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria
2021 - RA Summer Exhibition 6 Burlington Gardens, London
2021 - To The Edge of Time
KU Leuven Libraries, Leuven, Belgium
2021 - The Seed Keepers - First solo show
Cromwell Place, London

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 - Art At The Bridge #7  |  Tower Bridge Engine Rooms, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 
The British Museum, London, UK
The Government Art Collection, UK

Cartwright Hall Museum, Bradford, UK
Abbot Hall Museum, Kendal, UK

Nasher Museum at Duke University USA
International private collections
Spring 2022 edition at Launch Pad LaB residency at La Boissière South West France. I was in residence with Laura Pold, we were co-selected by Nathan Ladd, Curator at Tate, with a focus on practices that address ecology and the natural environment. (I have posted a film about the residency in the MEDIA section of this website)
Click here to find out about Launch Pad

Lumen Residency, Atina, Italy, 3 - 17 August 2017
Shortlisted awardee 198 Gallery Women of Colour Award, 2020
Shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, 2019
Carving out meaning - I wrote an article for British Museum Spring / Summer '22 magazine about an object in their collection, you can read it here
Big Bang Imagining The Universe, 2021, Hannibal Books ISBN: 9789463887878
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
Artlyst interview of the month written by Paul Carey-Kent, Read here
Contemporary Art Society article about my acquisition for Abbot Hall, Read Here
The Seed Keepers, commissioned article by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Read here
Frieze - Charmaine Watkiss on reconstructing the image of black womanhood, Read here
Elephant Magazine pick of October '21 essential artists, Read here
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
TALK ART PODCAST - With Russell Tovey and Robert Diament - Listen here
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
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
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.
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