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 followed a structured learning with The Open College of Arts and attendance at a wide variety of workshops in different mediums and techniques. In the last decade Judy now focuses almost entirely on soft pastels with some mixed media.

2005 – 2010 Open College of Arts
Flexible distance learning completed individual drawing and painting course.

Courses and Workshops attended since 2005:-
Various Workshops organised by The Pastel Society
Also workshops on Abstraction, Oil painting, Acrylics Monoprinting and collagraphy
Weekly portrait group
Weekly life drawing group
Life drawing course at Bournemouth University

Creative Activities

October 2020 - Exhibition at Gallery at 41.

May/June 2020 - Exhibition for Dorset Art Weeks at Gallery on the Square Dorchester.

March 2020 – exhibitor for Weldmar Charity Exhibition in Dorchester.

February/March 2020 – Treasure Planet Exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre.

2012 - to date regular exhibitor at Gallery at 41 Corfe Castle.

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. Visited by HRH Prince Charles who Judy personally escorted around the group exhibition and her studio.

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

2017 - to date regular exhibitor at Gallery on the Square Dorchester.

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,2020 Paintings selected for annual Pastel Society exhibition at Mall Galleries in London.

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.

2015 - Dorset Artist exhibitor at ‘The Gallery on the Square’, Dorchester, Dorset.

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

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

2015 - Featured artist at RHS Rosemoor, Devon.

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


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).

Regular participant in Life and Portrait group.

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