Through a variety of media including: painting, photography, video, cyanotype, and drawing, Annabel Dover engages the viewer in untold tales of wonder. Throughout her practice she constantly finds herself drawn to objects and the invisible stories that surround them. Through their subtle representation she explores their power as intercessionary agents that allow socially acceptable emotional expression. The work presents itself as a complex mixture of scientific observation and tender girlish enthusiasm which often belies their history.

Dover has a thirst for knowledge, knowledge of things and knowledge about people and their lives. Watching, listening and absorbing, her work and life have become a fabulous tangle of information, stories (both real and imagined), images and objects. Her work is part distillation, part peripatetic ramble through her influences which range from archeological illustration, archaic scientific techniques and the enthusiasms of a Victorian lady to the theories of Freud and anthropological research.

Dover was born in Liverpool, educated in Newcastle and London. She is currently studying for a PHD at Wimbledon exploring a practice lead response to  the cyanotype albums of Anna Atkins. She has shown her work nationally and internationally.
Annabel Dover is represented by Transition Gallery, London


Annabel Dover

Born in Liverpool, 1975



PhD Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, 2006-ongoing

PGCE in Art & Design, Cambridge University 2002-2003

MA Fine Art, Central St Martins College of Art & Design 2000-2002

BA Fine Art, Newcastle University 1994-1998


Solo Exhibitions

National Velvet, Transition Gallery, London, 2011

Whistlejacket, Coexist, 2010

Oriole, Transition Gallery, London, 2006

Lux, Rosy Wilde, London, 2006

Nostalgia, Persimmon Gallery, Los Angeles, 2006


Selected Group Exhibitions


Aldeburgh International Poetry Festival, Artist in Residence

Easterlies Abbey Walk Gallery Grimsby

News from Nowhere, Kelmscott House, National Trust, London

Unstable Ground, Paper, Manchester with George Shaw and Simon Woolham

University Collection Showcase, Ipswich



Atomic, Transition Gallery

Wintergarden, Sutton House, London

One Minute Volumes VI & VII, touring curated by Kerry Baldry

Contemporary Art from IWM: Art in a Media Age, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester.

Brighton Art Fair

The Fulham Palace Art Fair, London,

a-n Venice Biennale Bursary

His Monkey Wife, Glasgow Project Room

This Me of Mine, Ipswich Art School Gallery



Now The Dream is Over, Blyth Gallery Imperial College

Loss, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

Tainted Love, Transition Gallery Touring Show

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, invited by Tess Jaray, London

One Minute, Volume 5, curator Kerry Baldry, touring internationally

Santorini Biennale, Santorini, Greece



Sluice Art Fair, Mayfair, London

Eastern Pavilions, Norwich

O Painters, My Painters! UCS Gallery,Ipswich

The Island of True Stories, Camberwell Church, London

The Lion's Den, Influx Limerick,

The Count of Monte Cristo, The Pheonix Gallery, Exeter



The Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (and 2008)

Streaming Film Festival, The Hague

Extra-Ordinary, The Grundy, Blackpool

Presents, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge

ARTBLITZ, Transition Gallery, London

400 Women, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Quiet Voices, Late at the Tate, Tate Britain, London

Aurora Film Festival, Outpost, Norwich

Fifteen Days, Fifteen Artists, Firstsite Colchester

Threadneedle Arts Prize, London

The Painting Class, Lethaby Gallery, Tate Britain, London



2013 Dark Starlit Night, Kettles Yard, Cambridge

2011 Art as a Full Time Hobby, Aid and Abet, Cambridge

2006 Library, Arts Council Funded Residency, Bury St Edmunds Library, Suffolk


Work in Public Collections

University of the Arts, London

Imperial War Museum, London

English Heritage, London

V&A, London

Eastern Contemporary Collection

Madison Museum of Fine Art, Georgia USA


Recent conferences/papers:

Journeys across MediaMemory & Imagination Reading University

a-n Venice Biennale Bursary


Recent publications:


My work features in the forthcoming book:

Contemporary Art & War by Sara Bevan

Work in, Blue Mythologies, Reaktion press by Professor Carol Mavor

TES review of my work in Blue Mythologies

Varsity interview for Dark Starlit Night

Wall Street Journal interview for Art in a Media Age

Today programme interview for Art in a Media Age