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Heather Parnell



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I am a practicing artist working in the studio and public realm. I have a long standing history of working in community and public contexts in Britain, Egypt Japan and Italy, on residencies and commissions in education, healthcare and urban settings. From the outset, my work in this field has been led by a belief in the value and necessity for community engagement and participation in art practice as a means of self and collective expression. Since 1999, I have collaborated with other artists, architects, engineers and project teams in Wales and England to develop and realise public art projects as part of urban regeneration schemes. Since this time I have worked in partnership with artist David Mackie and collaborated with many other artists. These endeavours stem from a fundamental belief in the power of the environment to influence well-being and quality of life.


Summary of Residencies and commissions:
2018 : Artist in Residence, Sapporo Tenjinyama Studios, Japan. Production and exhibition of artwork.
2002 – : Artist in Residence, Cwm Taff NHS Trust. Production of artworks, advisor on capital projects, exhibition curator, performance programmer.
Artists: Heather Parnell and Carol Hiles (2002 – 2003), Nigel Talbot (2003 – 2005).

2012: Olympic Deckchairs, Weymouth. Commisioned to design, with community participation, 500 Deckchairs.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Becky Adams

2011: Pontypridd Poetry & Song. Commissioned to incorporate inscriptions into the paving.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie

2011: Canada Road, Cardiff. Inlaid annd Etched Paving.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie

2010: Sanvey Gate, Leicester. Scuptural Seating and Paving for City Centre Redevelopment.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2009: Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, Llwynypia. Commission to create artworks for two stairwells in the new Hospital.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2008: Ebbw Vale, “Harmony Steps”. Cast Bronze Risers.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2008: Holton Road, Barry. Etched and Inlaid Pavers
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2008: Town To Sea, Colchester. Sculpture Trail.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2007: Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff Spice Sculptures.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2006: Courtmead Gardens, Cardiff. Bronze Inlaid Stone Pavers and Bronze “Fossils”.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2005: Princess Way, Swansea. “Beacons” Stainless Steel Columns.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2002: The Tern Project, Morcambe Bay. Etched and Inlaid Stone “Pavement Game”
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2001: ‘Bute Street Works’, Cardiff Bay. Etched and Inlaid Stone pavement trail.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe.

1998 – 2002: Artist in Residence, Caerphilly District Miners’ Hospital. Artworks for public spaces.
Artists: Heather Parnell and Maureen O’Kane (1998 – 2000), Sian Hughes (2000 – 2001).

1998 – 2000: Artist in Residence. Groundwork Bridgend. Site specific artworks and street furniture. Artists: Heather Parnell and Maureen O’Kane.

1990 – 1998: Artist in Residence. Llandough Hospital NHS Trust,Cardiff. Arts project manager and practitioner of site specific artworks.

1990: Artist in Residence. Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol. Geography through art; Body mapping drawing workshops.

1988 – 1989: Artist in Residence. Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt. Studio practice; drawings, mixed media relief.

1987: Artist in residence in Education. Six Powys primary schools.

2018 The Resonant Interval. Group show. Gallery G-77, Kyoto. Japan
2018 Heather Parnell-Paul Hazel. Tenjinyama Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2018 Tate Exchange. Creative Learning Group Exhibition. Tate Modern. London.
2018 1SSUE16. Group show. West Wharf Gallery. Cardiff.
2017 Swansea Open 2017. Group show. Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea.
2016 Circle of Trust: Fuse 4. Tiff Oben, Carol Hiles, Lisa Krigel, Chris Nurse, Andreas Ruethi. The 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 Works on paper. Three person show. West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff.
2014 : 1SSUE 2002 – 2014. Group exhibition. West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff
2013 FUSE. Group exhibition. Caerleon gallery, University of Newport, Caerleon.
2012: Drawing MMX2. Group exhibition. Howard Gardens gallery, Cardiff
2011: Make Room. Group exhibition. Milkwood gallery, Cardiff. 2010: Squeeze. Group exhibition. TactileBOSCH gallery, Cardiff.
2009: Reflections. Group exhibition at 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
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


Presentations & Consultancies

2005: Artists in Residence and in Transit conference, UWIC, Cardiff. Guest speaker
2003 – 2005: Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff. Consultant to develop and deliver public art programme
2003 – 2004: Ysbwty Cwm Rhondda. CywaithCwmru.Artwork Wales. Consultant and co – producer of art strategy
2001: Art in Healthcare seminar, Cywaith Cwmru.Artwork Wales. Guest speaker



2018 – : Wales Arts in Health Network (WAHN) – Steering group member
2016 - : HEA fellow
2012 - : Arts and Health Southwest
2010 - : AXIS Artists Network :
2002 – 2010 : Vice Chair, Llanover Hall Arts Charity

Teaching interests

Main Teaching Areas: Professional Studies, Adobe Photoshop, Drawing, Printmaking, Arts and Health

Education/Academic qualification


… → 2016

MA Art Practice


Post Graduate Art Teacher's certificate, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff


BA Hons Fine Art, Exeter College of Art & Design


Foundation Studies in Art & Design, Manchester Polytechnic


  • Fuse 3

    Jackson, C., Parnell, H., Hiles, C., Krigel, L., Oben, T. & Dias, N., 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition