Jennie Pedley is an artist and a physiotherapist, her art practice often involves collaboration with various groups to explore issues often related to health / the environment.

The art works include virtual environments, films, prints and performance.

Jennie exhibits widely and has been commissioned by organisations including Camden Arts Centre, The Wellcome Trust NESTA, The National Trust and the Natural History Museum.

As a physiotherapist, she works very part-time at a school for the Deaf, where she is learning British Sign Language (BSL). 

In 2018 Jennie will be joining the team of artist educators at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Jennie Pedley  CV




Selected exhibitions and projects



Britishness commission for Firstsite, Colchester Spring 2018


Group exhibition of art created with school students, spring 2018


Transitional States: Hormones at the cross roads of art and science


Group international touring exhibition, Lincoln, Birkbeck London, France, Spain 2018


British Sign Language shadow theatre workshop interpretation of Paolozzi


Whitechapel Gallery, London 2017


Shape Open 2017


Group Exhibition. Ecology Pavillion Mile End, London, Jan 2017


A Sketch of the universe: art, science and the influence of D'Arcy Thompson


Group Exhibition. Edinburgh City Art Gallery 2016-17


Shadow Sign Exhibition The Point Gallery, Doncaster


Conceived and created an exhibition of British Sign Language shadow films, developed with Deaf actress Jean St Clair and the Deaf communities of Doncaster, funded by Grant for the Arts, ACE, Autumn 2015


Street Art Tottenham


Commissioned by Haringey Council, shadow theatre workshops with schools to make prints for a street frame, which I installed,funded by Grant for the Arts and Haringey Council, 2014-16


D'Arcy Thompson Museum of Zoology, Dundee


Commission for short film, 'On Aristotle as a biologist' supported by the Art Fund, 2013


Coming of Age


Group show of commissioned film installation, GV Gallery, London, 2012


Paintings in Hospitals


Commissioned animation, collaborating with young patients at Whipps Cross Hospital, 2012


Cultural Olympiad, Cargoes,


Shadow theatre collaborations on canal boats in the East Midlands with Breath of Fresh Air and Ignite!, group exhibition 2012


Nonesuch Theatre Company,


Thunder and Coal musical, development at Battersea Arts Centre, animations, design and making for final production, 2012, Little Angel Theatre, London


Great Ormond Street Hospital and Go Create


Residency at the dental and maxillofacial department, shadow theatre workshops with families culminating in permanent art installation, 2012


Chateau de Sacy


Group exhibition, 12 Star Gallery, London, 2012


Natural History Museum


Lecture and shadow workshop at the Participation and Performance Event for staff, researched ideas with staff for future participation event, 2011


Cultural Olympiad, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust


Shadow theatre with primary schools / film commission, projected in a limekiln at Millers Dale nature reserve, A Breath of Fresh Air project with Ignite! 2011


Cultural Olympiad, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust


shadow performance with primary schools, shown at Idle Valley Nature Reserve,. A Breath of Fresh Air project with Ignite! 2011


National Trust, Calke Abbey stables permanent installation of artworks, shadow theatre set, silhouettes, training and drop in family performance, July 2011


Coming of Age: The Art and Science of Ageing


Commission for exhibition at the Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Institute of Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust, 2011


Unfolding Exercise silhouette portraits of hospital staff / patients exploring personal histories of exercise, exhibition tour of: four major London hospitals and Haringey’s Original Gallery 2010 – 2011, Supported by the Wellcome Trust


Mini Shadow Theatre a product and workshop materail


a beautiful whimsy’ inspired by historical exercise manuals from the Wellcome Library, London. Sold at National Theatre Shop, Pollocks Toy Theatre Shop Covent Garden and Samuel French’s Theatre Bookshop, formerly at Tate Modern and Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Silhouette Journey permanent installation at Royal Brompton Hospital inspired by meetings with patients with cystic fibrosis, exhibition toured hospitals in Sweden. Supported by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, 2009


Idyll One person exhibition at Royal London Hospital, with Vital Arts, supported by the Wellcome Trust, 2007


The soul and the feather, residency and exhibition, Sacy, France, British Council Travel Award, 2005


Memory Island


3 year off site residency leading to exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London. Virtual reality world and animations investigating life-stories of people with cerebral palsy with psychologist and anthropologist, supported by the Wellcome Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Moose Foundation, Juliet Gomperts Memorial and Janet Konstram Travel Awards, 2001-1004


ValeTown  virtual world made with students at the Vale Resource Base, NESTA Award, Year of the Artist Award, 99-02


Shadow Performance


Beneath the surface, shadow show, commissioned by Frog Life, performed at various nature reserves, Heritage Lottery funded, 2010


Inside- shadow show devised and performed with Zsuzsa Kohan, The George Tavern, Camden Head Theatre, London. Music by Victoria Hume and Quinta 2009


Life Lines- shadow show created alongside Silhouette Journeys, performed at Royal Brompton Hospital and Jacksons Lane’s Secret Theatre, with Zsusa Kohan, music by Victoria Hume 2009




Shape Open 2017 Catalogue


A Glimpse of a Great Vision D'Arcy Thompson Museum of Zoology, 2014


Coming of Age Exhibition Catalogue ed Lucy Jenkins, 2011


The soul and the feather Exhibition catalogue, Chateau de Sacy France, 2005


Memory Island ed H. Galbraith, Camden Arts Centre: ISBN 1 900470 37 3, 2004


Jennie Pedley File Note E. Ashton, Camden Arts Centre ISBN: 1 900470 349, 2004


Navigating Memories in Experiment:Conversations in Art and Science ed B.Arrends & D. Thackara, Wellcome Trust:ISBN 1 84129 043 2, 2003


Part-time positions held in the NHS


Senior Physiotherapist, in mental health then children’s services, London, 93-08, 2010


School for Deaf Children 2013-2017




BSC Physiotherapy, BA, MA Fine Art.

British Sign Language Level 1, 201 and 301








Selected Workshops

Firstsite  and Cherry Tree School Colchester

Exploring maps and elements of the British geology, soil, wildlife and contemporary ecological issues 2017

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Shadow theatre workshop with Deaf teenagers, using elements of British Sign Language in colourful projected environments, inspired by Eduardo Paolozzi 2017

Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children and The Point Gallery Doncaster

British Sign Language visual workshops using stencils, animation and shadow theatre 2014, 2016

Lead artist at Tottenham Green Fair workshops of puppetry and performance 2015

Day of the Dead Tottenham Ploughmans event 2014

Dundee Science Festival animation with mini shadow theatre kits 2013

Wellcome Trust Outreach Project shadow tableaux, at the Wellcome Midsummer Picnic 2012

Wellcome Collection Youth Co-Production Seminar shadow theatre workshop on body image at Wellcome Trust, London, September 2011

Great Ormond Street Hospital

National Trust, Breath of Fresh Air, Ignite

Haringey Council

Mini Shadow Theatre and shadow performance workshops with families, primary and secondary schools, 2010-12

Camden Arts Centre Life history workshops with young adults with cerebral palsy and family workshops for The Big Draw, 2001-3

Ignite! NESTA Creativity and animation workshops with 2001-4

The Architecture Foundation Building virtual towns with primary school children, 1999

Vale Resource Base Building virtual towns wth students with physical disabilities 1999-2001



Selected workshops