Open studio - Stiwdios Y Plas Studios, Machynlleth UK - November 2018-present

What Art You Laughing At – Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects, London  – March 2016

Grimm Sisters – Bristol – October 2015

Coexist Open Studios – Bristol – September 2015

Hamilton House – Artist of the Month – February 2014

Portraits – Parlour Showrooms, Bristol – July 2013

In Living Colour – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol – August 2013

PLAYTIME- Urban Design Studios, Bristol, May – June 2013.

Cornucopia – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, February 2013

Out of the Life Room – Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol, June 2012

Cut Click Mail Art – Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes, October 2010

Group Show – Pogo, London, January 2010

Hackney Wicked, London, July 2009

Home – Homerton House Gallery, London, June 2009

Rah Rah Rah – Redgate Gallery, London, 2004


People’s Choice Award – ArtisTTable Art Des Femmes – December 2013

Second Prize – ArtKudos International Juried Exhibition
August 2013

Third Prize – People are People
May 2013
Third Place Winner in the People Are People Exhibition. Elizabeta with Gold Burkha and Moustache Glasses, by Penny Tristram.

Figurative Art Prize – Special Recognition
Light, Space and Time
June 2013
Light, Space and Time 2013 Figurative Art Awards: Special Recognition. Pikachu:


2018-2019 Owner at Hens with Pens

2014- 2018. Life drawing tutor and managing partner at Hens with Pens. The company supplies life drawing events throughout the UK and has hosted over 2000 events to date.

2012-2014 Bristol and Somerset: Life drawing tuition for groups including Girl Guides, Womens’ Institute, hen parties, and private classes.

April 2014: Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
Volunteer drawing leader: Jeremy Deller’s English Magic, with Bristol Drawing Club


Co-founded Stiwdios Y Plas Studios, a shared working studio and workshop space in Machynlleth, Wales. The space hosted a launch evening in November 2018.


Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. BA Drawing. 2:1 2006


Now based in West Wales, UK, Penny began life drawing at school aged 14 and went on to study drawing at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She has won several awards and exhibited and sold her work nationally and in the United States. In 2014 she founded the national life drawing agency Hens with Pens.

Penny has entered into a lifelong exploration of life drawing because the human form is the most challenging of anything for us to depict, while the most rewarding in terms of expression. She is an advocate of drawing from life as it promotes observation, focus and mental calm.

In the main, Penny’s work deals with nostalgia, memory, and emotion, explored through the medium of the human form, and accompanying symbolic objects such as skulls, masks, flowers and childrens’ toys. Having survived child abuse and subsequently battled mental and physical health problems as an adult, the artist sees her work as an important conduit for the processing of emotion. It is her hope that her work can inspire others to find meaning and narrative even when events and emotions are challenging.

Though Penny’s work has mostly depicted the human form, since moving to Wales it has begun to take reference from the natural world, especially the seasonal fluctuations of plants, water, and the planets. Having grown up on a dairy farm in rural Somerset, the artist has a profound need to live in a wild place, yet does not have an idealised conception of rural life. Again, nostalgia and emotion play into her interest in the landscape; ultimately what attracts her is the sense of groundedness, closeness to nature and a feeling of being at home.