Felicity’s expanded practice weaves in and out of art’s institutions, between artistic, curatorial, educational and critical work. Her work stems from the studio as well as through a dialogic and facilitative practice, crossing between the verbal and the visual. For a full c.v. please contact Felicity Allen

2015   As If They Existed, film made with Tom Dale, commissioned by Turner Contemporary, Margate
2015   Six Encounters: London & Ramsgate, October & November 2014, series of portraits/poems with Simon Smith, published in Junction Box, http://glasfrynproject.org.uk/w/3506/felicity-allen-and-simon-smith-six-encounters-london-and-ramsgate/
2014 – 2015   Dialogic Portraits residency, project and exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate

Begin Again Chronicles, Verisimilitude press, book from image/text portraits project (held in Tate's collection of artists books)

2013 –



Begin Again Again, Free Range, Canterbury, performance with musician Sam Bailey and sound artist Ben Horner; also solo performance at Chelsea School of Art

2013   The Installation, fictionalised biography, Intercapillary Space: an unrolling poetry magazine, April 2013, http://www.intercapillaryspace.org/
2012   Begin Again Nos 1 – 21, Stockwell Studios, London, Off the S{h}elf:the self and subjectivity in the artist's book
2007   Telegraph Cottage with Simon Smith, Mindmade Press (Los Angeles), 2007

  Selected solo exhibitions
1998   Photo 98, Yorkshire and Humberside, Greetings site specific photographic installation
1993   Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, exhibition and residency
1991   Southern Arts Touring Exhibitions, Elements and senses
1989   Mario Flecha Gallery, London
1989   Public Art Development Trust, London
1986   Air Gallery, London, The naked city: Durham effigy
1986   Shape London, touring
1985   Whitechapel Art Gallery at Spitalfields Health Centre, Rooms
1984  1985   ICA, London, Café Royal installation
    Public Art Development Trust commissions
1989   St Charles Hospital, London, The Five Senses, 5 photographs with and for patients, staff and visitors in the Mental Health Unit
1988   Little High Wood Hospital, Brentwood, Diverse Fruits, 14 paintings for patients with learning difficulties, staff and visitors
1986   St George Hospital, Essex, Anecdotal Landscapes, 4 paintings installed in outpatients waiting area
    Social projects
1995 — 1997   Priory Comprehensive School, Lewes, artist in residence


Stanford Junior School, Brighton, artist in residence

Lewes Barbican Museum and three schools, Lewes, artist in residence

1995 & 1996   Surrey County Council, artist in residence
1991   Oakwood Comprehensive School, Horley, artist in residence
1985 — 1987   Shape, artist projects with people with disabilities
1985 — 1987   Age Exchange Theatre Trust Reminiscence Project, artist projects with older people across art forms
1984 — 1985   Durham Cathedral, artist in residence
1978 — 1979   South Island Community Centre & Mayville Community Centre, London, artist projects with young people
    Awards and purchases
    Work in private and public collections, including Coopers & Lybrand and London local authorities
1996, 1994   South East Arts
1991, 1989   Greater London Arts
1989   Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarship, major award
1986, 1982   Greater London Arts
    Articles, films and reviews
2012   Review: Michaela Ross, Engage 29, 2012, Education
2012   Review: Arthurina Fears, Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Artr, 1:2, May 2012, Education
1997   TV programme: The Pier, Meridian TV, interviewed for What’s for Dinner?
1988 — 1986   Reviews: Marina Vaizey, The Sunday Times, ‘The British come in from the cold’ (October 1988); Marina Warner,  Independent, ‘Anatomies of melancholy’ (27 July 1987); Kerris Blake, Women’s Review (July 1986); Sarah Kent, Time Out (February 1986, June 1986); William Feaver, Observer (June 1986)
1986   Catalogues: The Naked City and Critics space
1984   Film: Lives of artists, not wives of artists, by Aron, Moravietz & Rowling, Arts Council. One of five participating artists with Alexis Hunter, Tina Keane, Mary Kelly, and Paula Rego
    Writing <top>
2013 _ 'Reassembling the Barricades', article in Engage 32, May 2013
2013 _ 'What does globalisation mean for education in the art museum?', article in It's all Mediating. Outlining and Incorporating the Roles of Curating and Education in the Exhibition Context (ed. Kaija Katiavuori, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013)
2013 _

'Textual Intimacies: Letters, Journals, Poetry – Ghost Writing Telegraph Cottage', with Simon Smith; article in Scenes of Intimacy: Reading, Writing and Theorizing Contemporary Literature (ed. Jennifer Cooke, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)

2012 _

'Invasive Assessments, Surprise and Performing the Self in the Sketchbook', De Witte Raaf 120, Nov-Dec 2012

2012 _

'Smadar Dreyfus: School', review in Art in the Public Sphere 1: 2, 2012

2011 _ Your Sketchbook Your Self, publisher: Tate
2011 _ Education, publisher: Whitechapel / MIT, Documents of
Contemporary Art
2009 _ ‘Border crossing’, Tate Papers 11, April 2009 (issue co-edited with Mundy, Jennifer); revised for I-JADE (International Journal of Art and Design Education) 28.3, 2009
2008 _ ‘Situating gallery education’, Tate Encounters e-dition 2, February 2008






‘Perspectives across cultures’ (with Heald, R), Engage 20

‘Democracy, freedom, expression: practising ideas of liberty
and representation in gallery education’ in Rodrigo, J (editor), Dialogical practices, publisher: Es Baluard, Palma

Telegraph cottage with Simon Smith, publisher: Mindmade Press, Los Angeles

2002 _ ‘The Hayward Gallery’s programme with the Department ofHealth’, Engage 11
2000 _ ‘Discovering the horizon: Felicity Allen talks to Peter Jenkinson’,  The Art Book, vol. 8, issue 1, publisher: Association of Art Historians 
1999 _ ‘It’s groovy to be global’, Art Monthly, issue 224, March
1998 _ Guest editor, Make (the magazine of women’s art) 20 year
review issue
1995 _ ‘From community arts to gallery education’ (with Clive, S),
Art with People (editor Dickson, M), Newcastle
1985 — 1990 _ Reviews published in New Statesman & Society, The Arts
Business, Women’s Review
    Education and management <top>
2003 — 2010   Tate Britain, London, Head of Learning
1999 — 2003   Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London, Head of Public Programmes
1979 — 1982   Air Gallery, London, Curatorial assistant
1972 — 1973   University Press, Oxford, Personal assistant

Curatorial, Academic and Facilitation

2015 – 2016

  Malmö Art Academy, External Examiner


  Moscow Curatorial Summer School, Lecturer


  Engage Summer School, Lecturer


  Getty Research Institute, Guest Scholar


  Whitechapel Gallery, Education: Politics and Practices devising and presenting a seminar series with invited speakers



ICA London, Platform in conversation with Sophie Hope

2012 — 2015

  London South Bank University (LSBU), Visiting Research Fellow


Getty Research Institute, Guest Museum Scholar

'Practice, Dialogue and Nahnou-Together', Approaches to Trust-building in the Context of Divided Beirut symposium with University of Kent & the Lebanese University

'Surprise, performance and education in the sketchbook', Old School New Class symposium, Ghent

'Process in Three Directions', research seminar, LSBU

'Practice and Dialogue', research seminar, University of Kent

'Branded Speech: what does globalisation mean for education in the art museum?', lecture, Otis College of Arts Los Angeles

'Progress: the Age of Reflection', lecture, Azusa University California

'Apart of the Art World', lecture, The Prince's Drawing School Lectures & Film Programme

'Branded Speech', Face to Face: Visual Cultures and Radical Distrust in the Middle East,B Kent University with October Gallery, London


  Getty Research Institute, Guest Museum Scholar


  University of the Arts, London, Camberwell School of Art, MA Fine Art



Engaging, Creating: Residencies in Public Spaces, Sackler Conference, V&A, London

The Sketchbook Conference, Access Art, Cambridge



Writings of Intimacy (with Simon Smith), conference, Loughborough University

Air Iomlaid / On exchange, seminar, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh



Creating the global image archive, conference, University of London Goldsmiths

The pedagogical intersection of contemporary art and
education outreach, conference, Art Gallery of York University,

Museum management and practices, seminar, British
Council / World Collections Programme, Damascus, January
2009 and Istanbul, May 2009

Guggenheim International Art Museum Education Forum, Guggenheim, New York



Dialogical practices, conference, ‘Democracy, freedom, expression: practising ideas of liberty and representation in gallery education’, Museu d’art modern I contemporani de Palma

Albers and Moholy-Nagy: the imperative of teaching, seminar, Tate Modern, London



The institute and the experiment, keynote paper, Engage annual conference, Arnolfini, Bristol

1998 — 1999   Goldsmiths, University of London, MA Fine art administration and curatorship
1992 — 1997   University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education, Cultural studies certificate, team teaching, Twentieth century art
1995   Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Practical courses tutor, part-time short contract
1994 — 1995   Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Exhibitions in context, weekly two-term courses offering practical and history classes with current exhibitions, repeated over two years
1991 — 1994   University of East London, School of Fine Art, external examiner in Painting
1988 — 1991   Winchester School of Art (Southampton University), BA Fine art special options: Public art, Exhibitions studies, European studies
1987 — 1988   Goldsmiths, University of London, BA Fine art

1995 — 2006






City University, London, MA Arts management

Royal College of Art, London, MA Curating and commissioning contemporary art

 University of Sussex, Arts management certificate





Memberships and voluntary work

2009 — current





Member of AICA (the International Association of Art Critics)

Member of an Action Learning Set

Chair of PEER

Member of AHRC Peer Review College until 2011

2007 — 2009


Member of Museums Review editorial advisory panel



Arts Council of England Arts for Everyone Lottery Fund,
panel of assessors



Arts Council of England appraisal team member for Museum
of Modern Art, Oxford








Middlesex University. PhD: Creating the 'Disoeuvre': Interpreting feminist interventions as an expanded artistic practice in negotiation with art's institutions

1982 — 1984


Slade School of Art, London. Higher Diploma in painting (equivalent MA /MPhil)

1973 — 1977


Exeter University BA Hons in English / Fine art