Artist Biography

Hello, my name is Natalie Parsley and I’m a Fine Artist from Taunton, Somerset. I graduated from Somerset College in 2009 where I gained a first class BA (hons) in Fine Art and graduated with my Masters in Fine Art from Plymouth University in 2012. At present I continue to practice in Somerset alongside working as a library assistant.

My practice began on my degree in depicting everyday hand-tools. An interest in drawing everyday and banal objects soon became an obsession in using tools as both the subject matter and means to make the work (specifically, using a hammer to draw with and create marks during the mono printing process). I have grown up in Somerset where my grandparents had a farm so I was fortunate to have plenty of source material in the form of agricultural tools on my doorstep! Previous art projects have included working with the ‘Somerset Heritage Centre’ in Taunton where I researched hurdle making and thatching tools to create mono prints and work inspired by some museum modes of display and presentation.


Freelance Artist/Curator, 2012-present
Library Assistant, 2018-present
Waterstones Bookseller, 2006-2017
Area Representative for Taunton Deane, Somerset Art Works 2016-2018
Associate Lecturer Ba (hons) Fine Art, Somerset College 2013
Volunteer coordinator for Somerfest Parade 2013
Associate Artist for The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre 2010-2013
Somerset Art Works ‘Blogger in Residence’ 2010-2012
Coordinator for ‘The Somerset Journey – Sounding out Somerset’ February-May 2012
Community Coordinator for The Brewhouse Theatre and Nofit State Circus Sept 2010
Internship with SAW (Somerset Art Works) June-October 2010


Contributor to Hive, Visual Arts Zine 1#, 2#, 3#, 4#, 5# 2015-
Young ProspectUs, Somerset Art Works/Taunton Centre Pupil Referral Unit 2017
Editor of Hive, Visual Arts Zine 3# 2016
Designed comic strips for the local newspaper (The Taunton Times) 2001


Prospectus -Somerset Art Works 2017
Young ProspectUs, Somerset Art Works/Taunton Centre Pupil Referral Unit 2017
'Taunton Live', Waterstones Taunton 2016
'Snout and about' - The Orchard Shopping and The Brewhouse 2012-2013
‘Street Carpets’ –The Big Draw, Taunton High Street 2011
Curator for ‘Exhibition of the Teenager’ at The Brewhouse-2011
‘Routes, river, rail’ public art project for Taunton Deane Borough Council-2010
Mural for Queens College Pre-prep School-2009
Mural for Queens College Pre-prep School-2006
Nursery Mural-2005
Producing posters/artwork for ‘The Castle School’ 2003/2005


Highly commended –‘The Page is Printed’ Tacchi Morris creative writing competition 2012
Winner of the Graduate Prize at the Artists 303 Open 2009


CICCIC Taunton HIVE V Book Launch March 2018
Telling Tales, Somerset Art Works at The Brewhouse Theatre Sep 2017
Lost & Found, HIVE IV at The Old Brick Workshop April 2017
Christmas Art Sale at The Old Brick Workshop, Dec 2016
'The Remarkable Everyday' The Old Brick Workshop, June 2016
Somerset Art Weeks, The Old Brick Workshop, Oct 2015
Ilminster Art Open, Aug-Sep 2015
'Art on the Block', Art for Life, Musgrove Park Hospital, 2014 
'Passing Through', The Musgrove Gallery, 2013
'Lumina', Pennisula Arts, Plymouth, 2012
‘Sensum’, University of Plymouth, 2012
The Crescent Contemporary, Taunton, 2012
‘Cabinet of Wonders’, Musgrove Park Hospital, 2011/2012
Somerset Art Weeks, Hot House Gallery, Somerset College, 2011
Somerset Art weeks, Cotley Tithe barn, Chard, 2010
Context residency, White space, Somerset College, 2010
‘Emergence’ exhibition, Auction House, Taunton, 2010
Shop window project with ‘Routes, river rail’ commission, 2010
Ilminster Meeting House, 2010
Mini retrospective tour, (various locations) 2009
Artists 303 Open exhibition, Bath and West Show Ground, 2009
Ginger Fig Gallery, Bath Place, Taunton, 2009
‘New Talent’ White Space, Somerset College, 2009
‘enCore!’ Brewhouse, Taunton, Somerset, 2009
‘Core’ Appledore Arts Festival 2008
Enterprise Gallery, Conference Centre, Somerset College, 2008
Taunton Flower show, 2007
Appledore Arts Festival 2007
Symbol Life Paintworks, Bristol, 2007
Enterprise Gallery, Conference Centre, Somerset College, 2007
Foundation Studies diploma, Fine Art, Somerset College 2006


Routes, River, Rail public art project, 2010

Somerset Art Works Blog, creator 2010-2012

A Somerset Journey outdoor performance project, 2012

Book reviews, 2013

Prospectus, Somerset Art Works 2017

Young ProspectUs, Somerset Art Works 2017


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