Tamsin Relly South African


Tamsin Relly’s multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, printmaking and photography. In response to the increasingly disrupted environmental conditions of a shifting global climate, her work explores the reciprocal relationship we have with our planet’s ecology and the ways in which we find a connection with the living world. Recent projects consider the migration of plants and the preservation of botanical environments through conservation, urban parks and memory – be it personal, collective or held within the land.


Drawing on both found media imagery and first-hand observations, Relly works with the fluid and unpredictable qualities of her materials and processes to present impressions of natural and urban spaces in states of uncertainty or impermanence. South Africa born, Relly’s research has taken her to diverse locations including the Arctic Circle, The Eden Project in Cornwall and Las Vegas. She lives and works in London, where she received an MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2011.

Relly’s work has been exhibited and collected widely in the United Kingdom and internationally. It has been presented in group exhibitions curated by Royal Academy of Arts, Oliver Projects, Alteria Art and T J Boulting in London; SMITH, Cape Town; and Gerson Zevi, New York; and solo shows hosted by the House of St Barnabas, The Place Downstairs and Brocket Gallery in London. Her work is held in collections including Simmons Contemporary, Hogan Lovells, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Artist residencies include Arteles, Finland; RE·THINK: Environment, National Maritime Museum, London; Pocantico, Rockefeller Brother Fund, New York; and The Arctic Circle, Svalbard.