I am a practicing visual artist with a longstanding history of working on Residencies, in art education at all levels and in producing or commissioning studio and site specific art work. I have co-curated many projects and exhibitions and am co-editor of 1SSUE; a bespoke publication of Artists’ original works.
Current professional activity
2017 – present: Public art commission: Y Bwthyn Hospital, Pontipridd. Wales.
Site specific artwork for palliative care unit. Commissioned by Willis Newson.
Creative response to a ‘History Wall’ as part of the transition to new hospital.
2015 – present: Creative Agent, Lead Creative Schools Scheme, South Wales.
Advisor, co-organisor and commissioner of bespoke creative learning projects in schools.
Commissioned by Arts Council of Wales in partnership with Welsh Government.
2015 – present: Capital Arts Manager, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board, Swansea.
Commissioner of public artworks as part of Capital hospital building schemes. Working with project managers, clinical staff and creative practitioners to create positive environments.
2009 – present : Lecturer. University of South Wales. Cardiff.
Teaching fine art, arts & health and professional practice on BA(Hons) and MA Arts Practice; Fine Art and Arts Health and Wellbeing. Delivering conceptual, professional & practical skills.
2002 – present: Artist in residence. Cwm Taf University Healthboard, South Wales
Making, commissioning and leading on art work for healthcare environments. An evolving role; maker to commissioner and strategic development for a wider Arts and Health offer.
2016 HEA fellowship
2014 Wales Arts in Health Network
2012 Arts and Health Southwest
2010 AXIS Artists Network : https://www.axisweb.org/p/heatherparnell/
Summary of Residencies
August 2007 – present: Artist in Residence, Cwm Taf University Health Board. (one day per week). Initiating and overseeing arts programmes and projects with emphasis on participation, community engagement and art in the built environment.
July 2002 – 2007 : Artist in Residence, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant. Site specific artworks with staff and local community. Job share with Carol Hiles (2002 – 3) & Nigel Talbot (2003 – 4). Commissioned by Cywaith Cwmru.Artworks Wales
May 1998 – July 2002 : Artist in Residence, Caerphilly District Miners’ Hospital. As above. Job share with Maureen O’Kane (1998 – 2000) and with Sian Hughes (2000 – 2001). Commissioned by Cywaith Cwmru.Artworks Wales
May 1998 – Dec 2000 : Artist in Residence. Groundwork Bridgend. Site specifi c artworks and street furniture in collaboration with artist Maureen O’Kane, Landscape Architects & community. Commissioned by Cywaith Cwmru.Artworks Wales
Sept 1990 – 1998 : Artist in Residence. Llandough Hospital NHS Trust,Cardiff. Arts project manager and practitioner of site specifi c artworks. Commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales
Jan – April 1990 : Artist in Residence. Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol. Body mapping drawing workshops. Commissioned by The Arnolfi ni Gallery and Avon Education Authority
Feb 1988 – 1989 : Artist in Residence. Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt. Personal drawings and mixed media relief work. Commissioned by the Leverhulme Trust
Jan – July 1987 : Artist in Education. Six Powys primary schools. Workshops with children and teachers to extend skill base. Commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales.
Summary of Recent Commissions with David Mackie
2014: Clockview Hospital, Liverpool. Appointed to make artworks for the external and internal entrance of a new Mental Health institution involving patient and community design input. Commissioned by Mersey Healthcare NHS Trust.
2013 : Keir Hardy Health Park, Merthyr Tydfil. Designed and fabricated artworks for the entrance foyer via co-creative community workshops. Commissioned by Cwm Taff University Health Board.
2011 : Olympic Deckchairs. Appointed with Becky Adams to design 500 unique deckchairs in collaboration with 430 local people for 2012 Olympics. Commissioned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.
2011 : Pontypridd Poetry and Song. Appointed to design bespoke paving as part of town centre re-developments, involving local residents and poet clare.e.potter in the process. Commissioned by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Council.
2010 : Canada Road, Cardiff. Public art project involving pupils from Ysgol Mynydd Bychan in the design of bespoke paving. Commissioned by Cardiff County Council
Summary of Commissions with artists David Mackie and Andrew Rowe
2009 : Stairwell project, Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, Llwynypia. Artworks for two stairwells in the new Hospital, designed with patients, staff and local school children.Commissioned byCwm Taff University Health Board.
2009: Sanvey Gate, Change Over Time. Leicester town centre. Design Phase for three landmark features based on Leicester’s industries of knitting, shoe making and typewriters. Commissioned by Leicester County Council
2008 : The Ginnells project. Ebbw Vale Stairwells project; 80 bronze risers. Involved planning and executing a community participation strategy which resulted in an exhibition/performance event and workshops involving 11 artists and 15 community groups unearthing local stories.Commissioned by Safle & Blaena Gwent County Council
2008 : Rhymney High Street regeneration scheme, Rhymney Valley. Bespoke seating and sculptural artwork based on poetry by Idris Davies. Involved series of community design workshops. Commissioned by Cywaith Cwmru.Artwork Wales & Blaena Gwent County Council.
2007 : Town to Sea trail, Colchester. Sculptural markers along the river from Colchester to the Hythe. Included organising a workshop programme for 10 groups exploring historical themes. Commissioned by Colchester Council
2007 : Fitzhammon Embankment, Cardiff. Sculptural forms in steel and bronze, based on spices. Series of workshops with Riverside residents and local schools. Commissioned by Cywaith Cwmru.Artwork Wales & Cardiff County Council.
2006 : Gerddi Courtmead Gardens, Cardiff. Resident’s pocket park. Collaborative design of park and bronze fl oor trail based on the river, through workshops with schools, residents and historians.
2005 : Beacon 1 & 2. Princess Way, Swansea. Sculptural landmark artworks based on navigation as part of street regeneration. Commissioned by Cywaith Cwmru. Artwork Wales & Swansea County Council.
2002 : Market Rasen. Lincolnshire. Proposals for gateway sculpture, paving, waymarkers & banners. Involved series of community workshops. Commissioned by Cardiff Bay Arts Trust & West Lyndsey District Council
2002 : Tern project. Morecambe Pavement game; ‘Destination Morecambe’ designed and realised in stone and bronze. Commissioned by Lancaster County Council
2001 : Bute Street Works. Cardiff. Community paving project. Involved workshop programme, 6 artists & 6 community groups exploring local themes. Commissioners; Cardiff Bay Arts Trust & Norwest Holst
Selected exhibitions2018 :
2018 : The Resonant Interval. Group exhibition; Heather Parnell, Paul Hazel, Matthew Fasone, Carl Boland. Gallery G-77, Kyoto, Japan.
2018 : Exchange. Heather Parnell & Paul Hazel. Tenjinyama Gallery. Sapporo, Japan
2018 : Tate Exchange. Creative Learning Live Exhibition. Tate Modern. London
2018 : 1SSUE16. Group show. West Wharf Gallery. Cardiff
2017 : Glynn Vivian Open. Group exhibition. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
2016 : Circle of Trust. Group exhibition; Andreas Reuthi, Heather Parnell, Tiff Oben, Christopher Nurse, Lisa Krigel, Carol Hiles. Redhouse Gallery, Merthyr Tydfil.
2016 : Mono. Group exhibition. Boundary Art Gallery, Cardiff Bay.
2015 : FUSE 3. Group show; Tiff Oben, Carol Hiles, Lisa Krigel, Natalia Dias, Celia Jackson. Oriel Y Bont Gallery, Pontipridd.
2015 : Drawn. Richard Cox, Pete Ellis, Heather Parnell. West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff
2014 : 1SSUE 2002 – 2014. Group exhibition. West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff
2013 : Fuse. Group exhibition, Caerleon gallery, University of Newport
2012 : Drawing MMX2. Group exhibition. UWIC gallery, Cardiff
2011 : Make Room. Group exhibition. Milkwood gallery, Cardiff
2010 : Squeeze. Group exhibition. TactileBOSCH, Cardiff
2009 : Reflections. Group exhibition. Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
2009 : Reflections . Group exhibition. St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan
2009 : Where are you between. Eight artist interventions. The Atrium, Cardiff
2008 : Better life. Washington gallery, Penarth. Group show in aid of Cystic Fibrosis
2005 : Artists in Residence & in Transit. 3 person show, UWIC Gallery, Cardiff
2004 :Issue 4.5.6 Group exhibition. Gloucester Art College Gallery
2003 : Issue1.2.3 Group exhibition. UWIC gallery, Cyncoed, Cardiff
2003 : G.A.P. project exhibition, Ebbw Vale Miners’ Institute, Blaina Gwent
2002 : Art in Hospitals. Project exhibition. Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Llantrisant
2001 : Art in Healthcare. Project exhibition. Cywaith Cwmru.Artworks Wales
2000 : Bute Street Works. Project exhibition. Cardiff Bay Arts Trust Gallery
1999 : ‘House’ . Project exhibition. Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff/ Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, Cardiff
1998 : National Eisteddfod. Group exhibition. Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan
1997 : ‘Paradise amongst you’. One person show. Wyeside Arts Centre, Buith Wells
1996 : ‘Paradise amongst you’. One person show. Llantarnum Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran
1995 : ‘Over the Garden Wall’. Group exhibition. Muni Arts Centre, Pontipridd
1994 : ‘Current Artists in residence’. Group exhibition. Newport Museum & Art Gallery
1992 : ‘Current Artists in residence’. Group exhibition. The Old Library Gallery, Cardiff
1991 : ‘Current Artists in residence’. Group exhibition. Newport Museum & Art Gallery
1990 : Sculpture and Drawings. Two person show. Helwan University Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2002 – present : 1SSUE artists’ publication of original artworks. 1SSUE 1 – 4 contributor. 1SSUE 05 – present, co-editor.
2015 : Artists in Hospitals Toolkit – online publication commissioned by Artworks Cymru. Co – authors Nancy Evans, Sarah Goodey, Prue Thimbleby, Kira Withers Jones, Sarah Wright.
2012 : Olympic Deckchairs – catalogue of artwork for the 2012 Olympic Deckchairs Commission. Lead Artists: David Mackie and Heather Parnell. Published by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. Supported by Arts Council of England.
2007 : Spice – recipe book published as part of Fitzhammon Embankment public art commission. Lead Artists: David Mackie, Heather Parnell and Andrew Rowe. Produced by Cardiff County Council.
2007 : Town to Sea trail – guide of Public art trail from Colchester to the Hythe. Lead Artists: David Mackie, Heather Parnell, Andrew Rowe. Produced by Colchester Council.