CALLY TRENCH

Biography, exhibitions and projects

Cally Trench's homepage

Cally Trench is an artist whose work focuses on mapping, different viewpoints and ideas about privacy. Her work includes board games, very short films, artist's books, and photographs, as well as drawings. She also curates projects and exhibitions.

Cally Trench completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2007, having gained a Fine Art degree at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (now Bucks New University) in 2004. Her first degree was in Chemistry from Oxford University (where she was part of the first intake of women at Wadham College, one of the first five 'men's' colleges to go mixed). In her fourth year at Oxford, she completed a Part II thesis on the philosophy of the language of science, supervised by Rom Harré. After Oxford, she went to Hong Kong as an administrative officer for two and a half years.

One of Cally Trench's interests is privacy. With her artist's books, she aims to create a sense of private pleasure. The desire to generate a private response to a work of art extends to the rest of her practice. Her peephole boxes, which only one person can peer into at a time, create a private moment. Her board games are made to be played by four people, who create an intimate circle for the length of the game. Her map-like drawings made at ground level are maps of privacy - the areas that cannot be seen by passers-by.

Red Umbrella by Cally Trench

Cally Trench is concerned with how people respond physically to her Face and Metamorphosis drawings. Viewers tend to move backwards and forwards, towards the drawings to view the detail of individual ink marks and backwards to see the overall image, in a physical engagement that is hard to replicate in a book or on a computer. The ideal viewer for these lifesize drawings of faces and bodies is one who behaves as if they are meeting another person, as if they are the only viewer.

Her interest in art that invites complicity or some kind of direct physical engagement by viewers in a gallery led to a series of four annual exhibitions on the subject of play (At Play, 2009-2012; at South Hill Park, Bracknell 2009-2011, and touring in 2012), which she originated and co-curated with Dr Outi Remes.

Another interest is in uncertainty, in particular whether a work of art can also be something else, or whether it must always be one thing or another; this was the topic of her MA (Fine Art) research paper Uncertainty in Contemporary Landscape at Central Saint Martins in 2007.

Cally Trench lives and works in Buckinghamshire, England, where she observes and maps the hilly urban landscape of High Wycombe. She is married with two children. She is currently working on new drawings and films.

Contact me: hello at callytrench dot co dot uk
'Zoom and Ground Level'
 by Cally Trench at Wycombe Museum 2008

Solo and two-person exhibitions

2020 Tineke Bruijnzeels / Cally Trench: Making Connections, South Hill Park, Bracknell
2019 Cally Trench's Book Art, Wycombe Library, High Wycombe
2018 Philip Lee / Cally Trench: Artists' Books, University of Westminster Library, Harrow
2018 Cally Trench / Nick Trench: Siblings Cannot Agree, Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney
2017 Cally Trench / Philip Lee: Artists' Books, Ravensbourne, London
2017 Faces by Cally Trench, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury
2016 Philip Lee / Cally Trench: Artists' Books, Bower Ashton Library, UWE, Bristol
2011 Cally Trench's Board Games, Link Gallery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (curated by Notfamousyet Art Consultancy)
2010 Alex Dewart / Cally Trench: Landscape: Memory and Maps, Blue Fin Building, London
2009 Cally Trench: Nine Black Boxes, Truwash Launderette, Oxford, 20 July 2009 (curated by ArtWash)
2008 Cally Trench: Zoom & Ground Level, Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe
2007 Cally Trench / Nick Trench: HOME, Penny School Gallery, Kingston
2005 Alex Dewart / Cally Trench: Memory, CARA project and exhibition, Woodlane High School, London and BCUC, High Wycombe
2005 Tineke Bruijnzeels / Cally Trench: 2 x 366 Drawings, one-year drawing project and exhibition, BCUC, High Wycombe
2004 Cally Trench: Surface Tension, South Hill Park, Bracknell
2003 Cally Trench, College Gallery, BCUC, High Wycombe
1999 Cally Trench: Air, Sea, Sand and Sky, Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe
1996 Cally Trench: Commissioned paintings for Consumers' Association, Research and Testing Centre, Milton Keynes
1990 Paul Amey: new sculptures & reliefs / Cally Trench: new paintings, Isis Boathouse, Oxford
1987 Cally Trench: Trompe l'oeil bookcase, Robin Waterfield's Bookshop, Oxford
1987 Martin Jennings: Stone Sculptures / Cally le Poer Trench: Paintings, Shark House, Oxford
1985 Cally le Poer Trench, Somerville College, Oxford

'Ground Level' 
by Cally Trench in 'Mapping' at Bury Art Gallery

Group exhibitions

2021 International Women's Day Art Exhibition, Wycombe Arts Centre (8th March 2022)
2021 105 Artists Hands: Touch Tell Create book launch, Space 36, London
2021 the playful turn, Espacio Gallery, London (curated by degrees of Freedom)
2021 Unprecendented, Ovada, Oxford (online and physical exhibition)
2020 Art in Isolation, Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney (online exhibition)
2019 FiLiA Arts 2019, Atelier Tammam, London
2019 Enshrine (curated by Rekha Sameer), Fringe Arts Bath
2019 The Big Picture, Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney
2018-19 FiLiArt 100, Atelier Tammam, London; FiLiA Conference, Manchester; Ateliê 397, São Paulo, Brazil; in a guerilla banner showcase, Parliament Square, London; Spinning Mill, Sunnybank Mills, Farsley, Leeds
2018 Enshrine, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2018 Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127, Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, Reading
2018 Rebel Daughters, Doncaster Community Arts, The Point, Doncaster
2017-18 Draw, Thought Foundation, Birtley
2017-18 The Art of Dying, Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe (with Alex Dewart and Sally Scagell)
2017 Lost & Found, Hundred Years Gallery, London (curated by Mervyn Diese)
2017 Intergenfem: Intergenerational Feminism in the 21st Century (curated by Desperate Artwives), part of FiLiArt, at the FiLiA Conference, Institute of Education, London
2017 Cou Cou Gascony, Miradoux, France (curated by Cou Cou)
2017 Draw/Bridge, Zug/Brücke, ARTHOUSE1, London (curated by Alex Dewart)
2017 PASSPort Britannia, Safehouse 1, London (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2017 Draw/Bridge, Zug/Brücke, Galerie REMISE, Berlin (curated by Alex Dewart)
2016 Art on a Boat on the Peagreen, King's Cross, London (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2016 Cally Trench / Philip Lee: Books and Prints in Bookface 2016, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
2015 365 Drawings 365 Dessins, Galerie d'Anières, near Geneva, Switzerland (with Tineke Bruijnzeels and 51 guest artists)
2015 Book Acts, Arnolfini, Bristol (with AMBruno) during BABE 2015
2015 Re object, The Tetley, Leeds (curated by Sophie Loss)
2014 Control Room, The Control Room, Bristol (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2014 365 Drawings 365 Dessins, Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, Reading (with Tineke Bruijnzeels and 51 guest artists)
2014 Art Happens, Fifth Plinth, Buckinghamshire New University
2014 Book Act, The Tetley, Leeds (with AMBruno) during the 17th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair
2014 Arts Libris, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona (with AMBruno)
2013 I'm telling you stories. Trust me. in Multiplied 2013, Christie's, South Kensington, London (AMBruno event, curated by Sophie Loss)
2013 "THOTS" AND... (invited contributor), Mile End Pavilion, London (curated by Neil Ferguson)
2013 Do you remember it - or weren't you there?, London Gallery West, University of Westminster (curated by Cally Trench and Philip Lee)
2012 Remarkable Shed Party, Sophie's Shed, London (curated by Cally Trench)
2012 Surfaces: Works on Paper, Sput+Nik Gallery, Porto, Portugal (AMBruno event, curated by Steve Perfect and John McDowall)
2012 Get Carta, Karin Janssen Project Space, London (curated by Stephen Harwood)
2012 At Play 2012, South Hill Park; New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham; and OVADA, Oxford (curated by Cally Trench and Outi Remes)
2012 Boundaries and Beyond, Gallery@49, Bracknell (curated by ReOrsa)
2012 Art at the Shelter, Wycombe Museum (project with Wycombe Homeless Connection and artist Jono Retallick)
2012 Remarkable Place, The Keep, Reading (curated by Cally Trench)
2011 The Re...Show, Out of the Dark, High Wycombe (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2011 Parcel Fever 2, The Keep, Reading (curated by Ingrid Jensen as part of Nuit Blanche Reading)
2011 At Play 3, South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated by Cally Trench and Outi Remes)
2011 Smaller Than A Lemon, Angelika Studios, High Wycombe (curated by Danny Rolph)
2011 Need and Desire, Blue Fin Building, London (curated by Alex Dewart)
2010 Together, Lucy Landers Fine Art, High Wycombe
2010 Invasion of Privacy, Barnet Street, Oxford (curated by Notfamousyet Art Consultancy)
2010 Parcel Fever, The Keep, Reading (part of Nuit Blanche Reading)
2010 At Play 2, South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated by Cally Trench and Outi Remes)
2010 Anthea Turner Prize, Union Chapel Workshops, Islington, London (curated by Heidi Locher and Simon Moore)

2009 Salisbury Open Drawing Exhibition, Salisbury Arts Centre
2009 Surface!, The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock (curated by Cally Trench)
2009 At Play 1, South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated by Cally Trench and Outi Remes)
2008 Originals 08, Mall Galleries, London
2008 Wrapped and Encased in Liverpool 08, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool
2008 On the Surface, The Parlour, Chalk Farm, London (curated by Cally Trench)
2008 Pavilion II, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury
2008 The Great Purpose, Mile End Art Pavilion, London (curated by Sian Harris)
2008 Looking Thinking Drawing, Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury
2008 Geography, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud
2008 Emotional Maps, Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury
2007 Freedom, Shaun Project Space, University of Sunderland
2007 Surveillance, Mirror Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell
2007 Going Places, Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
2007 Mapping, Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester
2007 Central Saint Martins MA Degree Show, London
2007 Sketchbook Circle, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated by Cally Trench)
2007 DIY, Nolia's Gallery, Islington, London (curated by Andrew Markham)
2007 Central Saint Martins MA Interim Show, The Bargehouse, South Bank, London
2006 Sublime Domesticity, Henley Exhibition Centre (curated by Susan Burton)
2006 Identikit, Temporary Contemporary Gallery, London (curated by Brendan Murphy)
2005 ArtSway Open 05, ArtSway, Hampshire
2005 RE:INVENT, Ovada Gallery, Oxford
2005 Prizewinners Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2005 Contexture, Candid Galleries, London
2005 Cass Business School, London
2005 Memorise, Candid Galleries, London
2005 Ashridge Art Exhibition, Ashridge College, Berkhamsted
2005 Artspeak, Candid Galleries, London
2004 2D Open Exhibition, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2004 Fine Art Degree Show, BCUC, High Wycombe
2003 Insight, Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe
2003 Surprise, Surprise!, six primary schools in High Wycombe and Wycombe Museum (curated by Cally Trench)
2002 Something, BCUC, High Wycombe
2002 Battersea Art Fair with Bell Fine Art, Winchester

'Grave' by Cally Trench in
 'On the Surface' at The Parlour 2008

1999 Printmakers Council - Open Biennale, Whiteley's Gallery, London
1998 The Book Project, Bronham Mill, Bedfordshire, and touring (curated by Cally Barker)
1998 The Visual Images Group, Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
1997 Art in Buckinghamshire, Spring Gardens Art Centre, High Wycombe
1996 First Midsummer Exhibition of Women Artists, Dover Street, London
1995 Society of Wood Engravers - 58th Exhibition, Orleans House, Twickenham, and touring
1995 Relief Prints, Oxford University Club, Oxford
1994 National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1992 Impressive Women, London Print Workshop
1992 Oxford Artists Group, Southern Gas Exhibition Room, Oxford
1992 Contemporary Portrait Society - 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Medici Gallery, London
1991 Artweek International Artists' Plener, Sutton Courtenay Abbey and Oxford Baptist Church
1991 The Painting Park, South Park, Oxford (curated by Artweek)
1991 Fish Flags at Carfax Tower and Abbey National Building, Oxford as part of the Flag Project (curated by Artweek)
1990 Contemporary Portrait Society - Music and Dance, Alpine Gallery, London
1990 Artists' Encounters - Krasiczyn 90, Krasiczyn Palace and Pzremysl Franciscan Church, Poland
1990 Fish Flag at St Hilda's College, Oxford as part of the Flag Project (curated by Artweek)
1990 The Painting Park, South Park, Oxford (curated by Artweek)

1989 Christmas Show, Holland Gallery, London
1989 Biennial Unofficial Exhibition, Pzremysl Franciscan Church, Poland
1989 Five Artists from Great Britain, Galeria Katarzyny Piskorskiej, Willa Podgorskich, Warsaw, Poland (with Helen Ganly, Alan Franklin, Roger Perkins, and Elizabeth Kozmian Edwards)
1989 The house next door: double take billboard painting in Stockmore Street, Oxford in the Billboards Project (curated by Artweek)
1988 Red in Tooth and Claw, Westgate Exhibition Room, Oxford (with Paul Amey, Miles Bodimeade, Nick Bodimeade, and Lucy Reford)
1988 This isn't a brick wall billboard painting in Stockmore Street/Cowley Road, Oxford in the Billboards Project (curated by Artweek)
1988 Women Artists Diary 1989, Fulham Palace, London
1987 Contemporary Portrait Society - Self-Portraits, Alpine Gallery, London
1987 Contemporary Portrait Society, Holland Gallery, London
1987 Oxford Scene: Paintings Bought by Oxford City Council, Town Hall, Oxford
1986 Self-Portraits, Delahaye Gallery, Cirencester
1986 Contemporary Portrait Society, Alpine Gallery, London
1985 Contemporary Portrait Society Open Exhibition, Bloomsbury Galleries, London

Faces by Cally Trench at Buckinghamshire County Museum

Board games played

2022 International Women's Day, Bucks Board Games, Wycombe Arts Centre, 8th March 2022
2022 Community Games Day, Space Studios, Ilford, 12th February 2022 (organised by resident artist Lydia Julien)
2022 Recent Work, Warehouse Art School, Oxford, 19th January 2022
2019 In Dialogue 2019, Déda, Derby, 19th November 2019 (conference convened by Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones)
2019 Elisabetta Balasso / Cally Trench: Original Board and Card Games, OpenHand OpenSpace, Brock Keep, Reading, 17th September 2019
2019 Things to do when you're dead, Cambridge City Crematorium, 18th May 2019 (curated by Dying for Life)
2018 Cally's Board Game Evening, Wycombe Museum, 25th October 2018
2018 Cally Trench's Original Board Games, The Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheney, 22nd September 2018
2018 On Death, Banham Barrel, Banham, Norfolk, 6th May 2018 (curated by Esoterica Arts)
2018 Cally's Board Game Evening in The Art of Dying, Wycombe Museum, 15th February 2018
2018 Board? Gaming is the answer! in Draw, Thought Foundation, Birtley, 10th February 2018
2017 Cally Trench: Interactive Board Games in Festal Favours (curated by Clare Carswell), Charlbury Festival, 10th June 2017
2017 Cally Trench's Board Games, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading, 4th February 2017
2016 Board Games with Cally Trench, OVADA Stammtisch, Joe Perks & Co, Oxford
2016 Austerity (curated by Margaret Godel), Fringe Arts Bath
2016 Homunculus, Asylum, London (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2014 In Dialogue 2014, Primary, Nottingham, 4th October 2014 (conference convened by Heather Connelly, Rhiannon Jones and Rebecca Beinart)
2013 Be Our Guest, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys (curated by Alex Boyd Jones)
2012 Floraphilia, Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, 1st September 2012 (curated by Folie A Trois - Sarah Grainger-Jones and lili Spain)
2012 Board Games Event in At Play 2012, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, 9th July 2012
2011 The Re...Show at Out of the Dark, High Wycombe, 19th November 2011 (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2011 Cally Trench's Board Games, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, 6th October 2011 (curated by Notfamousyet Art Consultancy)
2011 Cally Trench's Board Games at the Rubik's Cube, Joiners' Arms, Hackney, London, 11th September 2011 (curated by Iceberg Fernandez)
2011 Board Games with Cally Trench, OVADA Stammtisch, Port Mahon, Oxford, 28th July 2011
2011 The Effort Presents a Puzzle, The Windmill, Brixton, 10th July 2011
2011 Cally Trench's Board Games at Quaker Meeting House, High Wycombe, 30th January 2011
2010 Beyond the Dustheaps Christmas Party, Charles Dickens Museum, London, 11th December 2010 (curated by Island Projects)
2010 Games of Money and Death salon, Hanbury Hall, London, 23rd Oct 2010, curated by Island Projects at This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) Festival
2009 Cally Trench's Board Games as part of The Home Delivery, Oxford, 4th November 2009 (curated by ArtWash)
2009 Hop Skip evening of events, Liquid Studios, Hackney Wick, London, 31st July 2009 (curated by Martina O'Shea)
2004 Passing Time, Sherborne House, Dorset


Films festivals and screenings

2022 MicroActs Artist Film Screenings (UK). Official Selection. Live screening. May 2022. [Feet]
2022 The Ostranenie Theatre (UK). Live screening at The Plough, Farnham. 24th May 2022 [Horizontal Lines]
2022 New Jersey International Short Film Festival (USA). Official Selection. Online screening via xerb.tv. May 2022. [Burial, Feet]
2022 4theatre selection. Finalist in the Micro Film category. 5th edition, 2022. [Burial]
2022 Indiefilmopolis Film Festival (UK). Official Selection. Live screening at the Actress & Bishop, Birmingham. 27th February 2022. [Pink House]
2022 Shiver International Film Festival (Canada). Official Selection and live screening in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. 25th-26th February 2022. [Burial] Also Finalist: [Feet]
2022 Life Screenings One Minute Film Festival - Virtual Edition February 2022 (USA). Official Selection. Screened on Facebook. 6th February 2022. Curated by Banks Helfrich. [Pink House]
2022 Cardora Micro-Movie Film Festival (UK). Official Selection. [Screaming Goddess, Pink House]
2021 Hollywood Gold Awards (USA). Official Selection. January 2022. [In The Mirror]
2021 Micomania Film Fest (USA). Official Selection. Screened online on the Micromania channel, Animation section. [Windmills]
2021 Hollywood On The Tiber Film Awards (Italy). Official Selection. December 2021. [In The Mirror]
2021 Dreamachine International Film Festival (USA). Award Winner for Best Micro Short. Winter 2021. [Feet]
2021 Alternative Film Festival (Canada). Semi-finalist in the Super Short category. Winter 2021. [Doors]
2021 Newcastle International Short Film Festival (Australia). Official Selection. Live screening in the 'Indi Animation Arvo' at The Royal Exchange Hybrid Performance Space & Cinema in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. 12th December 2021. [Doors]
2021 Vesuvius International Film Fest, 16th Edition (Italy). Finalist in the Microshort category. November 2021. [In The Mirror]
2021 Life Screenings International One Minute Film Festival - Virtual Edition November 2021 (USA). Official Selection. Screened on Facebook. 13th November 2021. Curated by Banks Helfrich. [Windmills]
2021 Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival (USA). Official Selection. Screened at Twisted Hippo Brewing, Chicago, USA. 11th November 2021. [Windmills]
2021 Berlin Flash Film Festival (Germany). Honorable Mention. September 2021. [Fossil Fish Film]
2021 Women Over Fifty Film Festival (UK). Official Selection. Screened online. September-October 2021. [Screaming Goddess]
2021 Boden International Film Festival (Sweden). Semi-finalist. August 2021. [Screaming Goddess]
2021 Emerging Artists Film Festival (Canada). Finalist Animated Shorts. Screened on YouTube. July 2021. [Fossil Fish Film]
2021 Soundstripes 5 (UK). Silent film screening with live scoring at Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield. 18th July 2021. [Fossil Fish Film]
2021 Birkenhead International Film Festival: 30 Second Film Festival (UK). Official Selection. Screened online (Day 7) from June 2021, and screened live at Convenience Gallery, Birkenhead, 17th July 2021. [Fossil Fish Film]
2019 Stand Up Cinema: Silent Films (UK). Screened at Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading. 20th September 2019. [Doors, Nick in Conversation, Screaming Goddess, Horizontal Lines, Circles, A follower of holy and godly matrons, Undressing Nationality]
2018 Only The Sunny Hours Film Show (UK). Screened at Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, Reading. 23rd June 2018. [Undressing Nationality, Peephole Hut]
2017 Lost & Found Film Night (UK). Screened at Hundred Years Gallery, London. 10th November 2017. [Circles, Feet, Roses Hat, Hand, Face]
2017 Soundstripes (UK). Silent film screening with live scoring at The Making Space, Huddersfield. 12th October 2017. [Feet, Ice Lollies]
2017 Candid Projection Room (UK). Screened at Candid Arts Trust, London. 19th September 2017. [Peephole Hut, Pink House, Cemetery Botany, Face, Chess Wars]
2017 Videovada 2017 - Festival of the Moving Image (UK). Screened at OVADA, Oxford. 15th June 2017. [Roses Hat, Pink House]
2017 Live Art Cinema: It's Alive! (UK). Screened at The Edge, Birmingham. Curated by Home for Waifs and Strays and the Magic Cinema. 25th May 2017. [Peephole Hut]
2016 Videovada 2016 - Festival of the Moving Image (UK). Screened at OVADA, Oxford. 24th June 2016. [Cemetery Botany]
2013 British Ceramics Biennial (UK). Screened at Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent. [Exercise Slip Silent Movie]
2012 Hoopla! (UK). Screened at Sugarhouse Studios, London. 13th July 2012. A Nunnery Gallery Event curated by Tessa Garland. [Exercise Slip Silent Movie]
2011 Project 101 (USA). Screened in a video installation, The LAB Gallery, New York. An AMBruno event curated by Sophie Loss. [The Camouflage Flipbook Silent Movie, Face, Chess Wars]

A Walk in the Cemetery by Cally Trench

Artist's books exhibited

2022 AMBruno: Volume and One and many pages at Miss Read, Berlin
2022 AMBruno: Volume and One and many pages at Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), University of the West of England, Bristol
2021 AMBruno: Volume and One and many pages, London launch event, 19th December 2021
2021 Bookface Chapter 12, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading (online event)
2021 AMBruno: One and many pages at BABE - The Lost Weekend, Bristol (online exhibition)
2021 AMBruno: One and many pages at Printed Matter's Virtual Art Book Fair (PMVABF), New York (online exhibition)
2020 Bookface Chapter 11, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading (online exhibition)
2019 BBruno: From this to there and other recent books at VOLUMES, Zürich
2019 BBruno: From this to there and other recent books at the Small Publishers' Fair, Conway Hall, London
2019 Cally Trench's Book Art, Wycombe Library, High Wycombe
2019 BBruno: From this to there and other recent books at the New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, Long Island
2019 Cally Trench's Books at Elisabetta Balasso / Cally Trench: Original Board and Card Games, OpenHand OpenSpace, Brock Keep, Reading, 17th September 2019
2019 AMBruno: Cover and BBruno: New books at Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol
2018 AMBruno: Cover at VOLUMES, Zürich
2018 AMBruno: Cover at the Small Publishers' Fair, Conway Hall, London
2018 Philip Lee / Cally Trench: Artists' Books, University of Westminster Library, Harrow
2018 BBruno: Recent books at the New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, Long Island
2018 AMBruno: Cover at Miss Read, Berlin
2018 AMBruno: Recent books at Malmö Artist's Book Biennial, Malmö, Sweden
2018 AMBruno: Cover at the 21st International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, the Tetley, Leeds
2017-18 Cally Trench / Philip Lee: Artists' Books, Ravensbourne, London
2017 AMBruno: [Sic] at the Small Publishers' Fair, Conway Hall, London
2017 AMBruno: [Sic] at the New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, Long Island
2017 AMBruno: Show and Tell at Tate Britain (Library and Archive Reading Rooms)
2017 AMBruno: [Sic] at Miss Read, Berlin
2017 AMBruno: [Sic] at Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol
2017 AMBruno: [Sic] at PAGES Leeds / 20th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, the Tetley, Leeds
2016 Philip Lee / Cally Trench: Artists' Books, Bower Ashton Library, UWE, Bristol
2016 AMBruno: 53 Books, Chelsea Library, London
2016 Cally Trench / Philip Lee: Books and prints in Bookface 2016, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
2014 AMBruno: Artists' Books Exhibition, Bower Ashton Library, UWE, Bristol
2014 AMBruno at the Small Publishers' Fair, Conway Hall, London
2013-14 The Atlas of places that don't exist (project by Ting-Ting Cheng) in
        Corner, Hotel c'est la vie project space, Whitechapel, London;
        Art Stage, Singapore; and
        You are here Festival, Kingsgate Gallery, London
2013 AMBruno: Lines at the By Leaves We Live Book Fair, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
2013 Punctuations, Separations & Artists' Books, Emma Hill Fine Art Eagle Gallery, London (curated by Emma Hill)
2013 AMBruno: Lines at the London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Art Gallery
2013 AMBruno: 16 at the Artists Book Fair, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
2013 AMBruno: 16 at Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol
2013 AMBruno: 16 at the 16th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds
2013 AMBruno: One Fold Books at Publish and Be Damned 2013, ICA, London
2012 AMBruno: One Fold Books, X Marks the Bökship, London
2012 Bookmarks X, UWE Bristol project to distribute bookmarks (curated by Sarah Bodman)
2012 AMBruno: One Fold Books in At Play 2012, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2012 AMBruno: One Fold Books at the 15th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds
2011 AMBruno: Blue at the London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Art Gallery
2011 AMBruno at Artsmart, Chelsea Art College
2011 AMBruno at Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), Arnolfini, Bristol
2011 AMBruno at the 14th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds
2010 AMBruno at the London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Art Gallery
2009 AMBruno at the 13th International Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds
2009 AMBruno at the Reading Book Fair, Reading
2009 AMBruno at the New York Art Book Fair, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
2009 AMBruno, Bookartbookshop, Hoxton, London
2008 AMBruno at the Manchester Artist Book Fair and the Liverpool Artist Book Fair

Words you could say instead of CHEESE

Performances

2019 Faithful and Obedient with Philip Lee, performance during the Small Publishers' Fair, 16th November 2019 at Conway Hall, London
2018 Golden Philip with Philip Lee, performance during Enshrine, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2017 International Day Readings with Philip Lee, performance during Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), 2nd April 2017 at the Arnolfini, Bristol
2017 International Day Readings with Philip Lee, performance during PAGES Leeds / International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, 5th March 2017 at the Tetley, Leeds
2016 Peephole Hut with Philip Lee, performance on 17th November 2016 in Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts, The Nunnery, London (curated by Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland)
2016 Portable Zebra Crossing with Annie Rapstoff and Philip Lee, performance in Bedlam Fair, part of Fringe Arts Bath, 5th June 2016
2014 Campaign for Tiger Crossings with Annie Rapstoff and Philip Lee, performance at the 365 Drawings 365 Dessins Open Day, Brock Keep, Reading, 27th September 2014
2014 Drawing Hands and Feet with Philip Lee, performance on 9th May 2015 in 365 Drawings 365 Dessins, Galerie d'Anières, near Geneva, Switzerland (curated by Tineke Bruijnzeels)
2014 Hide and Slip with Philip Lee, performance in Control Room, The Control Room, Bristol, 23rd November 2014 (curated by Rekha Sameer)
2014 Slip and Taffeta with Philip Lee, performance in Creating a Scene, Oriel Davies, Newtown, 28th June 2014
2014 Sixteen Dada Heads, performance in Book Act (AMBruno event curated by Sophie Loss) 9th March 2014 during the 17th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, the Tetley, Leeds
2014 Slip Stroll with Philip Lee, performance in Creating a Scene, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, 24th January 2014
2012 Zebra Pelican Cross with Annie Rapstoff and Philip Lee,, performance at the Remarkable Shed Party, Sophie's Shed, London (curated by Cally Trench) 15th July 2012
2013 Sixteen Dada Heads with Philip Lee, performance in Drinks and Dada, Emma Hill Fine Art Eagle Gallery, London, 13th July 2013 (curated by Emma Hill)
2012 Echo, The Keep, Reading (curated by Arjeea21). Film by Jonathan Roe of a performance by Philip Lee and Cally Trench
2012 Triple Spin with Annie Rapstoff and Philip Lee, performance in Remarkable Place, The Keep, Reading, 25th March 2012 (curated by Cally Trench)
2012 Ceramics on Screen in Tradition and Innovation, CAA, London. Film by Jonathan Roe of a performance by Philip Lee and Cally Trench
2012 Double Helix with Philip Lee, performance at the Rubik's Cube, Joiners' Arms, Hackney, London (curated by Iceberg Fernandez) 29th January 2012
2011 Body Body Chair Slip with Philip Lee, performance and film in The Re...Show at Out of the Dark, High Wycombe (curated by Rekha Sameer) 12th November 2011
2011 Spode Slip with Philip Lee, performance at the Spode factory, Stoke-on-Trent (British Ceramics Biennial) 20th October 2011
2011 Body Body Clay Pane with Philip Lee, performance at South Hill Park, Bracknell, 13th October 2011 (curated by Outi Remes)
2011 In Praise of Zebra Crossings with Annie Rapstoff and Philip Lee, performance at Beaconsfield Roundabout, 3rd May 2011
2011 Tied Slip II with Philip Lee, performance in Divide and Rule at the Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture, Windsor (curated by Roves and Roams) 23rd April 2011
2011 Tied Slip I with Philip Lee, performance at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, 5th April, 2011, during Parallels and Connections research conference
2011 Blindfold Slip Private with Philip Lee, performance at University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, 29th January 2011
2010 Blindfold Slip III with Philip Lee, performance in Exquisite Stone Corpse - a concatenation, The Stone Squid Experimental Art Space, Hastings, 23rd October 2010 (curated by Sophie Loss)
2010 Blindfold Slip II with Philip Lee, performance in Performance at the Nunnery: Move Me! in Visions in the Nunnery 2010, 16th October 2010 (curated by Cinzia Cremona)

Other projects

2021 Miscarriage and Wellbeing: performative rituals for visualizing loss, work included in blog and focus group, University of Leeds

Curation

2018 Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127, Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, Reading
2013 Do you remember it - or weren't you there?, London Gallery West, University of Westminster (curated with Philip Lee)
2012 Remarkable Shed Party, Sophie's Shed, London
2012 At Play 2012, South Hill Park, Bracknell; OVADA, Oxford; and New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (curated with Dr Outi Remes)
2012 Remarkable Place, Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, Reading
2011 At Play 3, South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated with Dr Outi Remes)
2010 At Play 2, South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated with Dr Outi Remes)
2009-2012 Remarkable and Curious Conversations
2009 Surface!, The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock
2009 At Play 1, South Hill Park, Bracknell (curated with Dr Outi Remes)
2008 On the Surface, The Parlour, Chalk Farm, London
2007 Sketchbook Circle, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell (2-year sketchbook project)
2004 The Small Show at Fine Art Degree Show, BCUC, High Wycombe
2003 Surprise, Surprise!, six primary schools in High Wycombe and Wycombe Museum

Brownie 127 photography by Cally Trench

Work in collections

Cally Trench's artist's books are in the collections of the Tate, London; the V&A, London; the British Library; Ravensbourne, London; Chelsea College of Arts (UAL); Kunstbibliothek, Berlin; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem, Library for the Artist's Book, Sydney; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and private collections. Paintings, prints and drawings are in the collection of Oxford City Council; Consumers' Association, Milton Keynes; Robin Waterfield's Bookshop, Oxford; Lucky Onion Hotel, Cheltenham; and private collections.

A follower of godly and holy matrons by Cally Trench

Publications

Book

2021 Cally Trench. 105 Artists' Hands: Touch Tell Create. Design Jane Glennie. Publ. Peculiarity Press. July 2021.

Talks and interviews

2022 Cally Trench. 'Recent Work'. Talk to Warehouse Art School, Oxford, 19th January 2022.
2021 Cally Trench. '105 Artists' Hands'. Radio interview. The Arts Show, Wycombe Sound, with presenter Dane Cobain, 19th October 2021.
2021 Cally Trench. '105 Artists' Hands'. Illustrated talk, plus Q&A with designer Jane Glennie, with four readings from the book (by Jim Attewell, Salma Ahmad Caller, Chris Mercier, and Nick Trench), hosted by Neile Wright. Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading, 15th October 2021.
2021 Cally Trench. '105 Artists' Hands'. Illustrated talk, plus Q&A with designer Jane Glennie, with two readings from the book (by Nick Trench, and Philip Lee on behalf of Marco Calí), hosted by Loucia Manopoulou. South Hill Park, Bracknell, 23rd September 2021.
2021 Annie Rapstoff and Cally Trench (OVADA Associates Feature Artists). In conversation. Ovada Gallery, Friday 17th September 2021. Zoom interview.
2021 Cally Trench. '105 Artists' Hands'. Illustrated talk, plus Q&A with designer Jane Glennie. Wycombe Arts Centre, High Wycombe, 4th September 2021.
2021 Q&A with Nuala O'Sullivan and other film-makers in the Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF). Online.
2021 Cally Trench and Katie Hellon (OVADA Associates Feature Artists). In conversation. Ovada Gallery, Friday 23rd July 2021. Zoom interview.
2021 'OVADA Associates Feature Artist: Q&A with Cally Trench'. Ovada Gallery, June 2021. Online.
2021 Cally Trench. 'My Life in Art'. Heseltine Gallery blog. April 2021.
2020 Loucia Manopoulou and Cally Trench. In Conversation: 'Making Connections'. South Hill Park, Bracknell, 17th October 2020.
2019 Cally Trench and Philip Lee. 'Bringing books to life: Artists' books, performances and films in the art practices of Cally Trench and Philip Lee'. University of Westminster Library (Harrow Campus), 3rd June 2019.
2018 Alex Dewart, Sally Scagell and Cally Trench. 'The Art of Dying.' Radio interview. Him n Her, Wycombe Sound, with presenter Sarah Stone, 5th March 2018.
2015 Cally Trench. 'Maps and Collections'. Talk to Warehouse Art School, OVADA, Oxford, 2015.
2014 Cally Trench. 'Paul Stevenson - Chairs, flying temples, and why we need to experience the real thing'. Illustrated talk. Bucks New University, 1st May 2014.
1989 Cally le Poer Trench. 'Consuming Passions'. Interview about the Billboards Project, BBC Radio 4.

Articles and conference papers

2020 Cally Trench and Elisabetta Balasso. 'Board games as an art medium'. Conference paper. Presented by Cally Trench. 'Medium' conference, London School of Mosaic, 19th February 2020.
2018 Sophie Loss and Cally Trench. 'AMBruno at Tate Britain Archive: Themed Artists' Books'. The Blue Notebook, University of the West of England, Vol. 12, No. 2 Spring - Summer 2018.
2013 Dr Outi Remes and Cally Trench. 'At Play: Curatorial Notes about Playfulness'. Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters, ed. Remes, MacCulloch and Leino, publ. Peter Lang, 2013.
2012 Dr Outi Remes and Cally Trench. 'At Play: Curatorial Notes about Playfulness'. AAH Conference, Museums and Exhibitions Group, The Open University.
1991 Susan Foster and Cally Trench. 'Expanding Oxford.' The Arts Business: Britons Abroad, publ. Southern Arts, Summer 1991, p12-13.

Catalogues, reviews, catalogue essays and other publications

2020 Alison Hagley and Cally Trench 'Hagley and Trench's Beautiful Mathematical Puzzles for Pleasure' in Write Read Puzzle, Artlink / Oxford Hospitals Charity, 2020.
2018 Cally Trench. Only The Sunny Hours: Contemporary Photography with a Brownie 127. Catalogue.
2014 Cally Trench. 'Creating a Scene.' Blue Pages, Journal of the Society of British Theatre Designers, no. 2, p. 9-11. Review.
2014 Cally Trench and Tineke Bruijnzeels. 365 Drawings 365 Dessins. Catalogue and Q&A.
2013 Cally Trench and Philip Lee. Do you remember it, or weren't you there?. Catalogue and catalogue essay.
2012 Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes. At Play 2012. Catalogue.
2011 Cally Trench. 'A throne is only a bench covered in velvet.' a-n. Review.
2011 Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes. At Play 3. Catalogue.
2010 Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes.At Play 2. Catalogue.
2009 Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes. At Play. Catalogue.
2009 Cally Trench. On the Surface. Catalogue.
2008 Cally Trench. Surface!. Catalogue.
2003 Cally Trench. Surprise, Surprise!. Catalogue and schools booklet.
1992-95 Cally Le Poer Trench and Caroline M. Fraser, Literary quizzes in Antiquarian Book Monthly.
1991 Cally Trench. Artweek International Artists' Plener. Catalogue.
1991 Cally Trench. Oxford Artweek Guide. Edited.
1991 Cally Trench. 'Malgorzata Bialokoz Smith.' Catalogue essay.
1990 Cally Trench. 'Polish Heaven, Polish Hell - Paintings by Stanislaw Koba'. Catalogue essay.
1990 Cally Trench. Oxford Artweek Guide. Edited.
1990 Cally Trench. Oxford Friends of the Earth Newsletter. Cartoons. June 1990.
1989-90 Cally Le Poer Trench. Artsage. Covers and illustrations for the Oxford Arts and Age programme magazine. Southern Artlink, July 1989, Nov 1989, Feb 1990, July 1990.
1988 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Derek Culley'. Oxford Times, 20th January 1989. Review.
1988 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Engravers exhibit'. Oxford Times, 13th January 1989. Review.
1989 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Women in Oxfordshire's Artweek (20th May-4th June 1989)'. Women Artists Slide Library Journal, no. 28, April-May 1989, p2. Note.
1988 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Masters of Wood'. Oxford Times, 14th October 1988. Review.
1988 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Oxford Craft Guild'. Oxford Times, 16th September 1988. Review.
1988 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Stones and Kings'. Oxford Times, 2nd September 1988. Review.
1988 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Sam Dodwell'. Oxford Times, 15th July 1988. Review.
1988 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Oxford Art Society'. Oxford Times, 17th June. 1988. Review.
1987 Cally Le Poer Trench and Caroline M. Fraser. 'ABMR & Waterfield's Winter Frivolity: A Competition'. Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, December 1987, p. 474-475.
1986 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Open Exhibitions - Positive Effects'. Artists Newsletter, March 1986, p28. Article.
1985 Cally Le Poer Trench. 'Getting your work photographed'. Artists Newsletter, December 1985, p13. Article.
1985-88 Cally Le Poer Trench. Antiquarian Book Monthly Review. Cartoons.

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