Bio and CV

Artists Statement for Judy Tate

Judy Tate has been drawn to soft pastels for most of her painting life. She finds the versatility, immediacy and vibrancy hard to beat. Most recently the recurring themes are 'leaves and layers' - often initiated as an underpainting with monoprinting. Over time colour has become increasingly pivotal to her work.

En plein air sketching and painting gives Judy a platform for larger pastel work in the studio. Sketchbook travelogues are an ongoing source of inspiration.

Studio based work (often inspired by flowers and seed heads) can be of a more abstract nature. For this work she takes a looser approach is taken, particularly in the underpaintings. Recently she has been experimenting with using mono printing onto various pastel surfaces as her under painting.

Her studio work now seems to be combining the two branches of her work practice, with the recurring motif of ‘beyond ‘ and ‘behind’ often with paths going into infinity.

Judy Tate 

Judy works mainly in soft pastels often with mixed media underpaintings including collage

2005 – 2010

Open College of Arts

Flexible degree level Arts course, modules incuding Practice of Painting, Investigating Drawing, Studio Practice, Sustaining your Practice

Courses and Workshops attended since 2005:- 

Various Workshops organised by The Pastel Society and Newly Art school

Also workshops on Abstraction, Oil painting, Acrylics Monoprinting and Collagraphy

Weekly life drawing group and workshops

Creative Activities

2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015  - Work exhibited in the annual Pastel Society Exhibition at Mall Galleries in London

2010 to date -  regular exhibitor at Gallery at 41 Dorset

2015 to date - regular exhibitor at Gallery on the Square Dorset

October 2021

* Juried into IAPS juried webshow - the 39th Open Division with 'Emerging'

* Juried in as Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA)

* Produced series of video tutorials for Unison Pastel Academy

September 2021 -  article on soft pastels published in November edition of French bimonthly magazine Pratique des Artes

June 2021 co-founded  society in west Dorset ( Responsible for arts programme, en ein air programme and exhibiting opportunties for the group

May 2021- Authored blog for Unison Pastels titled 'Entering the annual UK Pastel Society Exhibition'

April 2021 - Commissoned to design textiles for a leading US garment manufacturer

February 2021 - Juried into Collage Artists of America Parallel Dimensions Exhibition with 'Red Landscape' Pastel and collage painting

December 2020 - Award winner in Still Life/Floral category of PGE Open Online Pastel competition with 'The Crop' Soft Pastel

October 2020 - Juried into the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies based in the US) 37th exhibition with 'Empathy' Pastel painting

August 2020 - Published article in Pastel Journal titled "From Chaos to Order"

August 2020 - Selected as a Unison Associate Artist

 2018/19 - Art trail organiser for Open for Art including organisation of a trail of 19 studios, opening own studio in 2019 and planning and curation of Duchy Group Exhibition for 85 artists and sculptors in Duchy Offices in Dorchester, Dorset

May 2019 - Guest Blogger on USA  Gail Sibley website 'Abstract Wonderings- from chaos to order' on

2017 - Selected to exhibit in Dorchester Open, Duke Gallery Dorchester

2017 - Dorset Artists exhibition at Lighthouse, Poole

2014 - 2017 - Trustee of Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) for 3 years (annual fortnight arts trail). As only 2D artist representative on the board set up Visual Artists Forum - to facilitate better communication between participating artists (100 +) in the form of workshops, regular sketching events, social media etc . Also worked with web designer to improve the online artist registration system

2011 - 2016  - Held fortnight Open Studio for Purbeck Art Weeks in my home

2016 - Collaboration with RSPB at Arne, Dorset  – including exhibition and organising ‘en plein air’ open studio for a fortnight and leading en plein air workshops

2015 - Featured artist at RHS Rosemoor, Devon

2015 - Exhibited at Society of Woman Artists, Mall Galleries London


Currrently giving pastel workshops via Zoom

Regular workshops and demonstrations at Art Societies  - including Poole and East Dorset (PEDAS), New Forest, Chandlers Ford, Broadstone. Wareham, Wimborne

Regular workshops for small groups in my studio (mixed media and pastels)

Participant in annual Art in the Open fortnight ‘en plein-air’ event Wexford Ireland

Paintings travelled to various parts of the world including USA, Italy, Croatia, Australia , Canada and Germany

Duchy Group Exhibition 2019