Image of Philomena Harmsworth Title in Mistral Font

Portraiture of a

Narrative Place

Image of Philomena Harmsworth in Studio by Natalie Banton




My artwork is known as portraiture of a narrative place. I make collages in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, short films, performance and a book. My favourite accolade to date is my invitation to exhibit at Farley Farm House, Home of the Surrealists.



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


Solo exhibitions:  

  • 2023 “Canvas & Rock” Lewes, E. Sussex
  • 2022 “Canvas & Rock” Dorset
  • 2018 “My Death Star” E. Sussex
  • 2017 “The Many Vesselesd Women” Lewes Artwave and Bridport Open Studios.    “Like a Moth to a Flame” New Inn Stoke Abbott and Studio Philomena
  • 2016 “Sketches in Clay”, New Inn Stoke Abbott.    “Delicious Dorset”, Town Mill Arts, Lyme Regis
  • 2015 “Destruction for Lift – Off”, Stoke Abbott, Dorset.    “The Barcombe Collective”, Barcombe, East Sussex
  • 2014 “Philomena at Home With the Surrealists”, Farley Farm House, East Sussex.    “Three Policemen”,  Beaminster.    “Old Oven Stories”, Le Vieux Four, Beaminster
  • 2013 “The Silence in Thunder”, New Steine, Brighton.    “Kith and Kin”, New Steine, Brighton.    “Creatures of the Night”, New Inn, Stoke Abbott
  • 2012 “Twilight and Orange”, Le Vieux Four, Beaminster.    “Sugar and Spice”, New Steine, Brighton
  • 2011 “Series of Four”, The Little Art Gallery, Beaminster.    “Philomena & The Sea”, Artemisia Gallery, Abbotsbury


Group exhibitions: 

  • 2024 “Voices of Colours”, Encounters Art Space, Hove. “Regenerate” Volt, Eastbourne. “Layers” The Steamship Project Space, London.
  • 2023 “Edgeland Modern” Lewes, E. Sussex. “The Dreaming” Women In Art, Lewes.
  • 2022 D31 Doncaster
  • 2018 “Sensual Aggression”, St. Anne’s Gallery Lewes
  • 2017 The Courtold Gallery, Lyme Regis
  • 2016 The Barcombe Collective, Barcombe, East Sussex
  • 2015 “Brighton Open House”, Studio Q, Brighton
  • 2014 “Lewes Artwave”, Pelham House, Lewes
  • 2013 “Jurassic Coast”, Eype Centre for the Arts, “Lewes Artwave”, Fisher Street Studios
  • 2012 “Philomena and the Olympics”, Cove Gallery, Weymouth, “Lewes Artwave”, Lewes


Performance “Dismantle for Flow” 2019:

  • Towner Art Gallery
  • Chichester Literary Festival


Director of the Bridport Open Studios 2010 and 2011

Teaching 2004 – 2013:                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mosterton Art Group: Professionals, Asylum Welcome, NACRO: Entry to Employment, 16-18 yr olds & Schools 11-16 yrs, ‘Plus’ program, ‘Art Awards’, bronze and silver in Battersea, West Norwood and Staines London.

Scenic Art 1998 – 2004: Wide Screen cinema, TV, music videos, adverts

Theatre Design 1998 – 1999: Fringe

2020: Built a log cabin in the garden for the film work.

2021: Began the process of making a film.

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