bella kerr

Ms Bella Kerr BA (Hons), MPhil

Senior Lecturer, fine art area leader, Cert HE Art & Design Foundation

Tel: +44 (0)1792481046

An active practitioner in art and design since graduating in 1985, drawing has provided continuity in a practice that has spanned installation, small-scale multiples, film, set design and photography. Kerr has exhibited in a range of contexts from film screenings in major London galleries, to museums, and regional galleries, while recent work has been expressed in the form of large-scale installation, written and practice-based research, digital prints and participatory and curatorial work

Teaching at all stages from Foundation to postgraduate level for 25 years, Bella Kerr was Programme Director, Foundation Art and Design, UWTSD, Swansea from 2004 to 2016. She continues leads the Fine Art area of the Foundation course and teaches into all course modules, as do all permanent academic staff on the course.

The philosophy and delivery of the Foundation course encourages experimentation and introduces the basic principles of practice, rather than teaching advanced skills. There is an emphasis on process and conceptual development through making, and the development of strategies for learning, rather than on product. Self-knowledge and independence are developed as key to successful study and career. 

Kerr has been a member of the Mission Gallery Board of Directors since September 2013, and a member of the WJEC Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) Board of Studies since 2004.


Kerr has been a member of the Mission Gallery Board of Directors since September 2013, and Chair from 2014 - 18, and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Architects Wales.



CIVIC: Considering the City, Architecture, Art and the Urban Environment, as curator, an exhibition atMission Gallery, Swansea, which will bring together 4 pairs of artists and architects to produce responses to the city.

Recent:'Keeper(s)' solo exhibition, with invited keepers: Kathryn Faulkner, Karen Ingham and Jane Rendell

April/May 2013, Mission Gallery, Swansea.

The exhibition was funded by an Arts Council of Wales grant and University research funding.

A 'Keeper(s)' website will be an online/real space extension of the project.

‘Word Room’ peer reviewed paper (practice-based/written)

            presented at Spatialising Illustration symposium,

            January 2013, Swansea Metropolitan UWTSD

  , also shown as part of TEXTURE exhibition  

            April 2013, Swansea(MU/UWTSD) and published

            October 2013, VAROOMLAB Issue 2 - Spatialising Illustration e-journal

The work animated a short text from The Professor's House, anovel by Willa Cather, 1925.

'Physical Digital: Re-Forming the Book' paper with Tim Stokes

            (the making of 'Word Room')

            presented at Mix2 Text on Screens Conference

            July 2013, Bath Spa University

'Swansea Foundation' a written response for 10 Methods: 20 Questions, a Q-Art Higher Education Academy e-book, November 2014

 ‘The Whiteroom’ peer reviewed paper presented at:

            Occupation; Negotiations with Constructed Space conference,

            2009, Brighton University, e-publication of proceeding 2010

            book/disc published September 2013

 'Recipes for a Red Ball' project

            2011 Project Space, Studio Supersaurus, Swansea

An ongoing participatory project about process, how we make and how we create and understand the wider references and narratives around visual work.


            as e-publication for(IM)POSSIBLE School Book: As Found, for Five Years

            as part of 2012 Tanks Summer School, Tate Modern 

DIGITAL PRINTS, group exhibitions: 'Go!' digital print, Welsh Artist of the Year exhibition

            2012 St David's Hall Gallery, Cardiff

'Learning to Read' prints, Women's Language – Sue Griffith 1953-2011

            2012 Gallery and Library, Swansea (MU/ UWTSD) andArtemisia

            2011 St David's Hall Gallery, Cardiff

'Blue Mouth Sweet' prints, VEND with OpusArtists Group,

            2010 Elysium Artspace, Swansea (

INSTALLATIONS, group and solo exhibitions:

' Research Design' installation, What Will Be Seenwith OpusArtists Group,     

            2010, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff

‘Bed and Table’ site-specific installation, InFocus Space,

            2009, Oriel Davies, Newtown

DRAWINGS, group exhibitions:

'To Bed 1,2 & 3' drawings, Affordable Art Exhibition

            2011 St David's Hall Gallery, Cardiff

8 drawings, various titles, A Collection of Drawings,

            2008, Mission Gallery, Swansea

‘At Table’ drawings Mission Open,

            2008, Mission Gallery, Swansea

 ‘Other Rooms’ installation/drawings, On Drawing with OpusArtists Group,

            2008, Elysium ArtSpace, Swansea

FILMS 1985 - 1991

‘City’, 16mm film, 1 min, col 1991 commissioned BBC2/Arts Council, shown: The Late Show BBC2, 1991, Clapham-Battersea Film Workshop 16mm Film Festival, 1991One Minute World Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1993

‘The Latch’, 16mm film, 16 min, b/w 1989, shown: BP Expo ‘90, Riverside Studios; Edinburgh Film Festival, 1990; London Film Festival, 1990; International Festival of Women’s Film, Madrid, 1991

‘Clytaemnestra’, 16mm film, 25min, col 1986 (collab. Carole Bellon) funded by Greater London Arts, Haringey Council and Princes Trust

‘Annunciation’, S8 film, 8 min, b/w1985 (collab. Carole Bellon), shown: Arts Council New Film and Video Artists’ Prize tour, venues include: ICA, London; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Tate Gallery, London andA Camera of One’s Own Film and Video Umbrella tour venues include: Watershed, Bristol and Whitechapel Gallery.

2003 - 2008    

  • MPhil, through written and practice-based research
  • 'Reading Rooms: Manifestations of Domestic Space in Visual Art and
  • Literature', Swansea Metropolitan University

1987 - 1989     

  • PGDip Communications, specialising in film, Goldsmiths College
  • First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art,
  • Middlesex Polytechnic (Hornsey College of Art)

1982 -1985      

1981 - 1982     

  • Diploma Foundation Art and Design
  • Central School of Art and Design


1991- present Lecturer and practicing artist

1985 - 1991    

  • Artist-filmmaker, see below.

Freelance set designer, films include: ‘Alex’, dir. Beeban Kidron; ‘The State of the Union’, dir. Nigel Bristow; ‘Blood Sister’, dir. Juliet McKoen, Arts Council commission.