Venetia Norris_015VENETIA NORRIS SGFA lives and works in London, UK & Kuwait.

Everything living has a unique shape and form, everything makes it’s presence felt in some way, leaves a mark, some traces on or below the surface, everything strives to find it’s place and space, however small, everything struggles to become part of the whole.   Trying to understand that journey is what interests me, how a plant or a flower grows into itself, how it composes itself, where it is found, the various stages of its journey, how it emerges into itself, and how that self is then seen.

I am drawn to the smallest shape and curve, detail continuously intrigues me.   Using just the tip of my pencil, graphite and ink I try to reveal the intricate layers, the sensuous interiors, the infinite variety and texture of a leaf, a stem, or a petal, to see beyond the initial distraction of beauty, gently but determinedly going behind the disguise of blossom or colour.

Drawing is the language through which I express my connection with nature, with the formal gardens, the hedgerows, the urban spaces that are far from abandoned, the shoreline, the window boxes, the water’s edge, the mountain paths, with what clings to the rocks and the crevices, and what lies just below the surface.   Here in England, or travelling overseas, the world only makes sense to me when I draw it onto paper, every line building into a shape, every shape helping me find my way forward.


Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, ArtCan & Printmakers Council

Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Fellowship, County Mayo, Ireland

Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Artist Residency, County Monaghan, Ireland

North London Collegiate School, Artist In Residency, London

Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Fellowship, County Mayo, Ireland

A selection of my artworks can be viewed in Wychwood Art, The Town Hall, Market Place, Deddington, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX15 0SE

Exhibition of prints, Winterbourne House & Garden, University of Birmingham, B15 2RT

Inspired by Nature, Venue: Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HN   January – March.  

Layered Drawings, North London Collegiate School

Linear Collections, National Trust Fenton House, Hampstead, London

Pen to Paper, Crypt Gallery, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

Lines of Beauty, Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace, London

2009Ink Drawings Inspired by Nature, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London


SGFA Centenary Exhibitions, Royal Birmingham Society Art Gallery, 3-18 May 2019 & Bankside Gallery, London, 3-16 June

Abolish Article 153 Exhibition, Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah, Kuwait

Open House, Venue: Mubarak Al Abdullah, Kuwait

Kuwaiti British Floral Art Exhibition, Venue: British Embassy, Kuwait City, Kuwait


DRAW18, Society of Graphic Fine Arts, Venue: Menier Gallery, London

Florilegium 2018, Royal College of Physicians, London 

Tried & True Cafe, Venue: 279 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London 

Chapel Cottage Studio, Christmas Show Venue: Llanddewi Rhydderch, Monmouthshire 

Wandsworth Artist Open House, Venue: Century 21 Putney, London 

DRAW17 – Society of Graphic Fine Arts, Venue: Menier Gallery, London 

VK Gallery Autumn Exhibition, Venue: VK Gallery, 18A Bridge St, Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire

London Print Studio Members Summer Exhibition, Venue: LPS, 425 Harrow Road, London

Capel Manor House & Garden Show, group exhibition, Venue: Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield 

Bankside Biennale, Society of Graphic Fine Artists, Venue: Bankside Gallery, London 

SGFA Group Exhibition, Venue: Grierson Galleries, 45a High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent 

A walk on the wild side, group exhibition Venue: RK Burt Gallery, 57-61 Union St, London 

Black Swan Arts, Venue: Black Swan, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset 

Botanical Beauty, Venue: Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Richmond 

Tower 42, exhibiting a series of drawings, Venue: Tower 42Old Broad Street, London

London Creative Network, SHOWCASE, Venue: SPACE Studios, London

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, stand 140, Windsor Racecourse  

DRAW16 – Society of Graphic Fine Arts, Menier Gallery, London  

Putney Artists Open House, Venue: Zinc White, London  

Open Art Spaces, Faron Sutaria, London  

Capability Now, Orleans House Gallery, London  

Chapel Cottage Open Studios Event, Monmouthshire, Wales  

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London  

Floral Variation, Oil & Water Gallery, Wandsworth, London

Wandsworth Artists Open House, Hurlingham Yacht Club

Sculpture on the Farm, Barwell Gallery, Leighton Buzzard

Wonderful Wandsworth, Oil & Water Gallery, London

Plein Air Contemporary, Chelsea, London

London Lives, Oil & Water Gallery, Wandsworth, London

A Letter in Mind, OXO Galleries, South Bank, London

Wandsworth Artists Open House, London

Lines 2013, The Strand Gallery, London

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

An Artist in the Garden, two person show, New Leaf Gallery, Wales

Artists for Croome, Christies, London & National Trust Croome Court Worcestershire

The Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, 2012, 2011, 2010

Pastel Society UK, The Mall Galleries, London

Young Artist of the Year, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Hesketh Hubard Art Society, The Mall Galleries, London

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

Sir John Cass Art School, London Metropolitan University, BA Allied Arts, 2:1

London College of Fashion, BA Costume for the Performing Arts, 2:1

Chelsea College of Art, Foundation Year


Chapel Cottage Studio, Wales, Experimental Drawing Workshop with Venetia 13th May 2017

North London Collegiate School, teaching as part of Residency

The Independent Art School, one to one tuition

Drawing in Clifton Nurseries, London, adult classes

The Big Draw, Family Day, designed and ran event, Clifton Nurseries

Studio Visits, sharing my artwork and process with local school children, Ballinglen Arts Foundation

Nesta, lunchtime art classes in the city, London

Fenton House, National Trust, London, Introduction to Drawing, classes for all ages

2011 – ongoing
Tutoring Art with various educational agencies including Gabbitas, Dulwich Tutors, Dukes and Enjoy Education.


‘Dar blows the dust off Museums
‘ The Arab Times, covering Abolish Article 152 Exhibition, 2 May, Page 11 (link)

‘Kuwaiti Television‘ Second Home Episode 119, covering Kuwaiti British Exhibition, 3 Feb (link)

‘Art with a heart: British Embassy Hosts Floral Art Show’ The Arab Times, 17 January, Page (link)

‘Expressing environmental concerns through the artist’s pencil and paint‘ The Ecologist, Arts Editor, Garry Cook, June (link)

‘Memories from the Market’ All About Shipping, James Brewer, June (link)

365 Artists | 365 Days Project, New York, USA (link) 

Art of England, Pen to Paper; Venetia Norris’s Floral Fascination, October 2011, Issue 36, UK