Alexandra’s art is a collage of sculpture and painting. Combining original and traditional techniques of art and craft, these objects defy easy categorization. They are wholly original. But the question that Alexandra’s art attempts to answer is a question posed by everyone on a daily basis . . . . .

Framing The Artist

How can I find an accommodation between my dreams and ideals, and the reality of my lived experience?

Alexandra tries to answer this question by creating impractical artefacts that allude to the practicality of domestic interiors. Hence the use of shelves, scrolls, and curtains.

The domestic nature of the materials, such as discarded clothes and plastic bottles, and the laborious processes employed in making the art, are part of this accommodation between the ideal and the domestic. Patchwork and embroidery take a very long time compared to a brushstroke, but it acts as an antidote to the anxiety of artistic innovation.


The material qualities she identifies with are related to the elements in nature: earth and air, water and fire. The former is evident in the contrast between form and space, weight and weightlessness. The latter in the way light is reflected and absorbed using opaque and transparent materials. The method of attaching one contrasting material with another is also an important part of the art. A blob of glue will not do, but something artful and practical like weaving or embroidery will.

The hardest contrast for Alexandra to express in sculptural terms is her love of materiality with a desire to be free of it.
Humour comes to her rescue.



1981-1985          1st BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, London

1986-1988          Merit Scholarship, Art Students League, New York

2009-2011          MFA, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University



2018                The Artefacts of Alexandra Drysdale: Casespace, Bruton Museum, Somerset

2016                LMP Gallery, London

2011                Down to Earth, Artspace, Cambridge

Watch ‘Down To Earth’ video

2011                Easter Art, Michaelhouse, Cambridge

2010                A.R.T., Changing Spaces, Cambridge

2010                Artspace, Cambridge

2007                Mary Magdalene, Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral

2003                New Hall, Cambridge

1996                Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk



2016                Cambridge Open Studios

2014                Hierarcadia: Approximating Naivety, Art Language Location, Cambridge, live performance with Ernest Dalton

2012                On the Shelf, with Kato Catling, Makers Gallery, Cambridge

2010                Duo, Drysdale and Juett, Williams Art, Cambridge

1997                Peterborough City Art Gallery with Eliza Bonham-Carter

1996                 Galerie Josine Bokhoven, Amsterdam with Sylvia ten Kley



2019                 Zigzag, Glastonbury, Somerset Artweeks

 2016                 The Expanded Studio, Primary Studios Nottingham

2014                 Peep Show, Changing Spaces, Cambridge

2013                 The Expanded Studio, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambs.

2013                  Art Language Location, Cambridge,

2012                  One Hundred, Changing Spaces, Cambridge

2011                  Plinth, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art

2011                  If not now whenever, The Gallery, Redchurch St, London.

2011                  Re:Location, St. Peter’s Church, Cambridge

2008                   Kettle’s Yard Open, Cambridge

2001/1999         Elm Hill Contemporary Art, Norwich

2000/1999         Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, London

1998                  Eastern Open, King’s Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk

1996                  Repetition, Southern Arts Touring Exhibition: Winchester Art College, Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice, Caco Zanaki   Gallery, Aalst, Belgium ArtSway Hampshire

1996                  Kettle’s Yard Open, Cambridge



2015                   Research and Development Grant, Arts Council East

2005                   Research and Development Grant, Arts Council East

1998                   Lady Evershed Drawing Award, Eastern Open

1996                   Artists’ Development Award, Eastern Arts Board

1996                   British Council Award



2017-2018          Bruton School for Girls, Bruton, Somerset

2012-2013          AA2A Cambridge School of Art

2010                   In Flux, Escalator Retreat, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambs.

2007                   Bundanon, New South Wales, Australia

1996                   St. Mary Magdalen Church, Leintwardine, Herefordshire

Contact me Alexandra Drysdale, Artist & Art History Lecturer, Bruton Somerset, UK.