Image of Philomena Harmsworth Title in Mistral Font

Creative Explorer & Method Artist

Image of Philomena Harmsworth in Studio by Natalie Banton

My formal training was in London at Camberwell College of Art and then at Wimbledon as a theatre designer. I worked in theatre and film alongside my creativity monopolising home life. 25 years of painting tipped over into sculpting for a further 3, alongside writing, which in turn became short films, performance and a book. I have exhibited in London, Dorset, Brighton and Lewes. I was then fortunate enough to have been invited to exhibit at Farley Farm House, Home of the Surrealists. I learnt about these artists in my school textbooks so I was over the moon to be hanging my work in a building next door to giants of Modernism! I invited the mayor of Lewes to open the exhibition, he agreed and then bought a painting of Bonfire Night over Lewes and the Ooze.


  • Antony Penrose has written a forward for my book.
  • I have given a presentation at the Towner Gallery Eastbourne.
  • I have exhibited at Farley Farm House, Home of the Surrealists.
  • The Mayor of Lewes bought one of my paintings.
  • Triptych commissioned by Halstock Cabinet Makers of England.
  • I have a painting in the Bridport Museum Archives.


Degree, BA Hons 1998: Wimbledon College of Art – ‘Technical Arts Theatre Design
Foundation Course 1994: Camberwell College of Art

Performance “Dismantle for Flow” 2019: 

  • Towner Art Gallery
  • Chichester Literary Festival
  • Eastbourne Poetry Cafe


  • “Sensual Aggression”, St Anne’s Gallery, Lewes.
  • “Philomena at Home With the Surrealists”, Farley Farm House, Sussex
  • “Old Oven Stories”, Le Vieux Four, Beaminster
  • “The Silence in Thunder”, New Steine, Brighton
  • “Kith and Kin”, New Steine, Brighton
  • “Creatures of the Night”, New Inn, Stoke Abbott
  • “Twilight and Orange”, Le Vieux Four, Beaminster
  • “Sugar and Spice”, New Steine, Brighton
  • “Series of Four”, The Little Art Gallery, Beaminster
  • “Philomena & The Sea”, Artemisia, Abbotsbury
  • “Coming Home and Moving On”, Le Vieux Four, Beaminster
  • “New Inn”, Stoke Abbott

Director of the Bridport Open Studios 2010 and 2011

Scenic Art 1999 – 2004:

Film, TV, Theatre, Advertisements, Music Videos:

  • Band of Brothers
  • Big Brother
  • Have I Got News For You
  • Midsummer Murders
  • Seven Year Itch
  • Eastenders…

Set Building / Prop making 1998 – 1999:

Film, TV, Theatre, Advertisements, Music Videos: Include:

  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Seven Year Itch
  • Butlins
  • Worst Witch…

Theatre Design 1998:

2 x Set Designs and builds: Italia Conti

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