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Clarissa Upchurch,
16 Damgate Street,
NR18 0BQ
United Kingdom




1967-1970 Studied fine art at Sheffield, Harrow and Norwich
1970 Travelled in Italy and France. Married.
1975 Launched on a period of printmaking for various presses
1976 Together with Geoerge Szirtes, set up the Starwheel Press, for production of portfolios of poems and etchings.
1984- Started to work on a larger scale, using paint, graphic and mixed media. First of several visits to Hungary. Also designing book jackets and undertaking book illustrations for publishers such as OUP, Bloodaxe, Macmillan, Secker & Warburg and Taxus.
1989 Spent eight months in Budapest, drawing and gathering material for works which were exhibited for two months at the Budapest National Historical Museum in 1993.
1992-2000 Visiting tutor at University of Westminster, Dept of Architecture
1994 Moved to Norfolk. Teaching, part-time, at Norwich School. Stage designs for Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich




1980 National Poetry Centre, London
1986 Broken Light: one woman show at Hitchin Museum
1987 Cleveland International Drawing Biennale
1989-94 Exhibiting at Leicestershire County Council, Schools & Colleges Exhibition
1990 First Prize in Gainsborough’s House, Drawing for All competition
1991 Tenements and Towers: one woman show of Budapest material at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature
1993 Shadow Palaces: one woman show at the National History Museum, Budapest
1994 Eastern Light one woman show in Hitchin
1996 Old Hall, Burlingham, Norfolk (two person show)
1998 International Print Fair in New York, US
2000 One woman show, City Narratives, at RIAS Gallery, Edinburgh
2000 Joint first prize: Drawing for All, Gainsborough’s House. Touring exhibition.
2000 High Windows: Buildings as Vision, Hitchin (three artists)
2000 Good Drawing, at Boundary Gallery, London (mixed show)
2000 Taylor’s Gallery, Dublin (mixed show)
2001 One woman show at The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
2001 London Art Fair, Royal College of Art
2001 Chelsea Art Fair, London
2002 One-woman show at Shelton Festival, Norfolk
2002 Inside/Outside two woman show Boundary Gallery North London
2003 Art London Design Centre Islington
2003 Battersea Art Fair, London
2003 Tangible Art Fair, London
2004 Art London, Design Centre, Islington
2005 ‘Landscape 200’ Castle Museum Norwich
2005 ‘Eastern Open’, Kings Lynn
2005 Cityscapes, Retrospectives Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon
2006 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2006 ‘Budapest – Poem, Image, Film’ – one woman show and book launch at Hungarian Culture Centre




1993 City Lights: The Art of Clarissa Upchurch, Mozgó Világ (Hungary)
1993 Shadow Palaces: The Budapest Drawings of Clarissa Upchurch, Victor Határ, Budapest Historical Museum
1993 British Contemporary Art 1993 (Galliardi)
2000 City Visions: The Lost Movies of Clarissa Upchurch, Modern Painters
2002 Inside/Outside – catalogue essay
2006 ‘BUDAPEST’ Image, Poem, Film (Poem and Essay by George Szirtes), Publisher: Corvina, Budapest March ’06