COMMISSIONS & WORK IN PUBLIC PLACES

Diana makes large scale sculptures to commission. This includes initial design, budgeting, creating, organising fabrication, delivery and installation. She works in a range of materials including clay cast into bronze or cement. She has also worked in aluminium, steel and wood.

2009  Public sculpture for Bonn Square, Oxford
2007  Public sculpture for Lidl Supermarket, Oxford
2006  Public sculpture for Kingsoak, Abingdon
2004  'United', sculptural relief for Manor Hospital, Oxford
2002  'Traces', sculptural relief, Holywell Manor, Oxford
2002  'Hope' sculpture, Bury Knowle Park, Oxford
1998  Sculptural relief, Isis Middle School, Oxford
1997  Sculpture at Grandpont Park, Oxford City Council.
1996  Sculpture commission, Dunmore Infant School, Abingdon.
1989  Triptych at the Rectory Road Day Centre, Oxford, for an Artlink project.
1985  Drawing project funded by Probation Hostel for young offenders, Oxford.
1984  'Homeless'- painting commissioned by Oxford City Council.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTALLATIONS

Diana specialises in creating work in the public domain in non gallery situations. The public are invited to participate in the making of the work and therefore become both creator and audience. 

2014-15  The Big Question Mark’, Edinburgh Festival; Bath; Liverpool; Thessaloniki, Greece;
                Birmingham
2010-14‘The Big Book’ installation in Oxford, London, Cambridge; Bonn & Berlin, Germany;
                Leiden, Netherlands; Grenoble, France; Perm, Russia; Edinburgh and Cheltenham
2004        ‘Dreaming’ Modern Art Oxford, part of the ‘Oxford Show’.
2003        ‘Children of the Millennium’ Dorchester Abbey; Southside Arts,
                Southampton and Munster Cathedral, Bonn, Germany
2002        ‘One in a Million’, Installation, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
2001        ‘Memories’, La Roche sur Grane, France
2000        ‘Children of the Millennium’, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
1999        ‘And So To Bed’. Public Art Project, Headington Hill Park, Oxford
1998        ‘Make your Mark’, Westgate Centre, Oxford.
1996        ‘Make your Mark’ - Eurostar Exhibition, Tours Railway Station, France

EXHIBITIONS

The questions which Diana addresses focus on what it is to be human and the relationship between humans and their environment. She is interested in the paradox that each person is unique and yet at the same time humans are just one of billions of organisms which inhabit the planet.

2012  Group exhibition, Museum Zundorfer Wehrturm, Cologne, Germany
2012  Group exhibition, ‘Aquarium Compagnie’, Nancy, France
2010  Ceata/Fog/Broullard, International Exhibition, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2008  Group show Maison de l’International, Grenoble, France
2007  ‘Umfeld, Inwelt’, Frauenmuseum, Bonn
2006  ‘100 years of womens sufferage’, Frauenmuseum, Bonn
          Bristol West of England Academy Open Exhibition
          International Artists, Cluj Napoca, Romania
          Group Show at Ovada Gallery, Oxford
2005  ‘Dreams, Plans, Visions’, Modern Art Oxford
2004  ‘4 aus Oxford’, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany
2004  ‘The Oxford Show’, Modern Art Oxford.
2002  ‘One in a Million’, Installation, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
2001  ‘Art in Situ’, La Roche sur Grane, La Drôme, France
2000  ‘Children of the Millennium’, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
2000  ‘Everything changes’. Installation, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
1995  ‘Three Cities Art Show', Oxford and Birmingham
          ‘Art and Nature’ project, artist & co-ordinator for Oxford City Council.
          ‘Art and Nature Exhibition’, Museum of Oxford and M.O.M.A. Oxford.
1994  MA exhibition, The Custard Factory Birmingham.
1993  MA First year exhibition, The Custard Factory, Birmingham.
1992  Solo show, 'Time Passes', Ecology Centre, London
          Oxford Art Society at M.O.M.A.
1991  Solo show John Radcliffe Maternity Hospital Exhibition.
          Oxford Artweek Painting Park
          Solo show, Senate House, University of Liverpool.
1990  Solo show, Baptist Church, Oxford.
1986  Oxford Artists’ Group Show, ‘Human Concern’, Woodstock Museum.

RESIDENCIES

Residencies include the creation of the theme, organisation, mediation between everyone involved and presentation of the final work. Diana has worked in many different settings and her skill is being able to involve all ages in the creation of art using a variety of media.

2015  International residency, Thessaloniki, Greece
2014  International residency, Bernau, Germany
2012  Participant in ‘White Nights’ Art Festival, Perm, Russia
2007  John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital
2006  Residency in Cluj Napoca, Romania
2005  ‘Art in Situ’ The Drome, France
2004  Residency, La Roche sur Grane, France
2003  Artist in Residence Radcliffe Infirmary & John Radcliffe Hospitals
          ‘Hope sculpture’, Ten Headington Schools
          Sculpture workshop, Burford Primary School
2001  ‘Art in Situ’ residency, La Roche sur Grane, France
          Schools projects at primary schools in Didcot and Oxford
          Workshops, River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames1999
          Workshops, Oxford Contemporary Music
1998  Sculpture project, Isis Middle School, Oxford.
1997  Sculpture and workshops, Grandpont Nature Reserve, Oxford.
1996  Live art project, Tours railway station, France.
          ‘Art and Nature’ project for Oxford City Council.

AWARDS

2010  Oxford Preservation Trust Commendation for public sculpture
2009  Certificate of Honour for service to the city of Oxford
2008  Oxford Preservation Trust Award for public sculpture
2006  CARA Award for creative research in hospitals
2005  Oxford Heritage Trust Commendation
2004  Arts Council grants for work in France & Germany
2003  Clore Duffield Foundation Award for work in Oxfordshire Hospital School.
          Southern Arts Lottery Grant
2002  Bury Knowle Park, Sculpture – Southern Arts grant & Oxfordshire Trust
2001  ‘Art in Situ’, France – Southern Arts Travel Award
2000  ‘Millennium project’ – Southern Arts and Oxfordshire Trust grants.
          Live Art, Tours, France –Southern Arts grant.
          Three Cities Art Show – Southern Arts grant.
1989  Artlink Award

ARTS MANAGEMENTS AND CURATORIAL POSITIONS

2014      Trustee, Sunningwell School of Art
1999-      
  2012      Founder & Director, Magdalen Road Studios. Oxford
2009      Co-ordinator ‘Art in the Arboretum’
2008      Co-ordinator of exhibition to Grenoble
2007      Co-ordinator of exhibition in Bonn
2005      Co-ordinator of exchange with the Frauenmuseum
2003      Co-ordinator ‘Karstadt’ Exhibition, Bonn, Germany
2002      Co-ordinator, ‘Six Artists from Leiden’, for Oxford City Council.
1995      Co-ordinator, ‘Three Cities Art Show’, Birmingham, Paris, Oxford
1995        Co-ordinator, ‘Art & Nature’, for Oxford City Council.
1983-91  Board of Management, Oxford Artweeks.

Diana Bell has an MA in Fine Art, a BA from the Open University and a Teaching Certificate. She lives and works in Oxford, UK and is currently based at Red House Studio, Oxford.