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The raw materials for Thurle’s delicate paper reconstructions include old school atlases and encyclopaedias, technical handbooks and text books, dictionaries, newspapers, catalogues and story books.

Her approach stems from an interest in the systems and structures of language, in the ordering of knowledge, the collecting of information, the storing and accessing of words. Starting with the look of text on a page and the feel of the paper, Thurle cuts, folds, weaves and stitches lines of words into a new visual format, always related to the sense of the text.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Thurle studied and taught modern languages and literature in Australia and the UK before specialising in visual art. She has a Textiles degree from Goldsmiths College and is based in Folkestone in Kent.


2006 - 2007 Teacher Artist MA Programme. Research with Inst. of Ed. and LIFT UK
1998 – 2001 BA(hons) Textiles. Goldsmiths College, University of London
1997 - 1998 BTEC Foundation in Art and Design. Kensington & Chelsea College
1991 Diploma of Education. University of Tasmania. Australia
1987 – 1990 Bachelor of Arts (English, French and German Studies)
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

Nov 2016 'Chance Encounters’, part of Folkestone Book Festival, Steep Street, Folkestone
Jan-Mar 2016 'Bookworks’, BREW, Curated exhibition, Folkestone
Jan-Mar 2015 'Collected Terms’, Financial Conduct Authority, Canary Wharf
Aug – Nov 2014 ‘Shelf Life’. Collaboration with Marrin’s Books. Folkestone
Mar- April 2013 ‘The World Is Round’, Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone, Kent
Oct- Nov 2011 ‘Paper Biology’, installation at Christine Walker Gallery, Caterham
Oct 10-Feb 2011 ‘Ways of Seeing’, The Gallery, Wivenhoe, Essex
Jan 2009 ‘New Cuttings’ Arts and Events exhibition at Canary Wharf, London
July 2008 ‘The Order of Things’, Gallery East, Perth, Australia
Mar-Apr 2007 ‘Lines of Inception’ GX Gallery. Camberwell. London
Oct-Nov 2006 ‘Twist(er)’ Robert Phillips Gallery. Walton-on-Thames. Surrey
November 2004 ‘Folded’, Page 2. East Dulwich. London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Kunstspoor’, Installation and exhibition, Netherlands
Turn the Page’, Installation for Artist Book Fair and Symposium, Norwich,
Moody Blues and Greys’, Jaggedart, Marylebone, London
Recollections’, Curated exhibition, BREW, Folkestone
Law Society Art exhibition’, Chancery Lane, London
2017 All Inked Up’, Kent international Artist Book and Print Event, UCA Canterbury and Brewery Tap
WayFarers’, two person show with Malcolm Allen, Whelkboy Gallery, Folkestone
Flourish’, Jaggedart, Marylebone, London
Between The Sheets’, Book Arts at Gallery East, Perth, touring to Australian Galleries, Mebourne
Elastic Fantastic’, part of the Normal? Festival of the Brain, Whelkboy Gallery, Folkestone
Works on Paper Print Exhibition’, Byard Art, Cambridge
Meanwhile’, a mixed-media exhibition curated by Canterbury Christ Church Fine Art Students in partnership with Threads, at Strange Cargo, Folkestone
2016 The Marsh She Knows’, for Art in Romney Marsh, St Mary the Virgin, St Mary’s in the Marsh, Romney Marsh
Beached’, part of the SALT Festival, Whelkboy Gallery, Folkestone
Swing & Swirl’, two-person show, Jaggedart, Marylebone
Wish You Were Here’, BREW, Folkestone
Texture Narratives’, Kent artists, curated by Ivana Blaskova from the University of Kent, at Viking Gallery, Margate
On the Same Page’, Bookarts at Jaggedart, London
2015 Shelf Life’, part of "CleyContemporary 15: Marvellous in Ordinary", curated art festivel, North Norfolk
‘Between the Sheets’, Bookarts exhibition curated by Gallery East, Central Perth, WA
2014 ‘Seeafar’, Folkestone Triennial Fringe. Group show with 5 others. Old Ferry Waiting Room, Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone
Then at Deptford X contemporary arts Festival
‘As Ithers See Us’ Group show of international Contemporary artists. Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, National Trust for Scotland, Ayr, Scotland
‘Awakenings’ Jaggedart, Marylebone, London
‘Once Upon a Book’, Byard Art, Cambridge
‘Where we Are Now’, Georges House Gallery, Folkestone
2013 ‘All Things White and Beautiful’, Victor Felix Gallery, London
‘Paper Cut’, Mundaring Arts Centre, West Australia
‘Summer Show’ Jaggedart, Marylebone, London
‘Writing on the Wall’, Byard Art, Cambridge
‘Great Little Works’, Gallery East, Perth, Australia
‘More than Words’, Jaggedart, Marylebone, London
‘Between the Sheets’; Artists’ Books, Gallery East, Australia
2012 ‘Journeys’, Jaggedart, Marylebone, London
‘Deptford X’; selected contemporary visual arts festival, London
‘Heavy Papers’, Gallery Merkur, Istanbul
2011 ‘Modified Expression’ National Craft Council of Ireland
‘Sensing Place’, V&A Museum of Childhood, London, touring to The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
‘Degust Art’ Exposition des Artistes Europeans, La Coupole, Paris
2010 ‘Paper Works’, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
‘Set of Odd Volumes’, Coexist Arts, Southend, Essex
‘Cut and Fold; the art of paper’, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
2009 ‘Ornament’, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk
’Le Livre est un Oeuvre D’Art’ International Book Art exhibition, Artvitam, Aigues-Mortes, France
Book Arts Exhibition, Silkeborg Art Centre, Denmark
‘Unfolding’. Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire
Book Arts Triennial. Vilnius. Lithuania
‘Paper Trails’ Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge
2008 ‘The Open West’. Cheltenham Gallery and Museum, Gloucestershire
‘Material Worlds’. Vital Arts. London Hospital Exhibition, Whitechapel.
2007 ‘Guildford Exhibition 08’ Annual invited exhibition. Perth, Australia
‘Pfister Gallery Project’ Standpoint Gallery. Hoxton. London
‘Artevisa’. Lonquivy sur Mer. Brittany. France.
‘On the Map’. North House gallery (4 person show). Essex
2005-2002 ‘Composite’ (2 person show) Surgery gallery. Nunhead.
‘Invited, invited’ Installation in the Old Auction Rooms, Nunhead.
‘Write Off’. Southwark Literary Festival. Corsica Studios. El & Castle.
‘SV04’ Studio Voltaire members’ show. Clapham.
‘Fleet’; Public Art installation. Southwark Town Hall, Camberwell.
‘Temporary/Contemporary’. Old Seagar Distillery. Deptford.
‘Camberwell Green Beacon’. Cardboard Lighthouse project with Camberwell Arts funded by Neighbourhood Renewal. Camberwell.
‘Common Fields’. The Florence Trust. Highbury Fields.
‘Sartorial’. England & Co Gallery. Westbourne Grove.
‘Peckham Library Project’. Installation involving 20 community groups and 4000 cubes. For Camberwell Arts’ Week, Peckham.
‘Speaking Volumes’. Stroud House Gallery. Stroud.
‘Take Me Home’ (3 person show). House Gallery, Camberwell.
‘Mint’ (new grads from St Martins & Goldsmiths). Upper Street, Islington

Art Fairs

Recent Represented by ArtVitam, art fairs in Miami, Seoul, NY, Palm Springs
2016 Art on Paper, New York - with ArtVitam
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair – with ArtVitam
Context – New York – With ArtVitam
London Art Fair, Islington, London – with Jaggedart, London
2015 Art on Paper – Miami – with ArtVitam
London Art Fair, Islington, London – with Jaggedart, London
2014 ArtHamptons, with ArtVitam, Bridgehampton, NY
AAF New York, with ArtVitam, NY
AAF Brussels, With ArtVitam
Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs Convention Centre, USA
Art Palm Beach. Palm Beach County Convention Centre, USA
London Art Fair, Islington, London
2013 ‘Art on Paper’, with Art Vitam, Brussels
Affordable Art Fair, with Cavalierofinn, Battersea, London
London Art Fair, with Jaggedart, Islington, London
2012 ‘Art Contemporain Mulhouse’, with Art Vitam, Mulhouse, France
‘Art Nim’, with Art Vitam, Foire d’Art Contemporain, Nimes, France
London Art Fair, with Jaggedart, Islington, London
2011 and 2006 Affordable Art Fairs.with Byard Gallery, London and Brussels
Art London, with Quantum Contemporary, Chelsea, London
Book Arts Fair. Leipzig, Germany
Glasgow Art Fair, with Red Gallery, Glasgow. Scotland
Art on Paper Fair, with Red Gallery. Royal College of Art. Kensington.
London Art Fair, with Quantum. Business and Design Centre. Islington.

Selected Residencies and Education Projects

August 2017 Little Word Weaving, V&A Museum of Childhood Summer Workshop
May 2017 Once Upon A Piece of Paper, Royal Academy of the Arts Family Workshop, London
April 2017 Paper Art, Family Drop-In Workshop, for the Creative Foundation, Block 67, Folkestone
Mar 2017 Older Women Rock, a community arts project in collaboration with Leah Thorne as part of the WOW Festival, Folkestone
March 2016 Story-building Box Project – with The Discover Centre – Stratford, East London – working with five schools and hosting family days
August 2013 ‘Nunhead Tales’, giant sculpture for Southward Festival Literacy drive
Sep-Oct 2011 Artist in Residence and Exhibition at Christine Walker Gallery, Caterham School, Surrey.
July 2011 ‘Stratford Box Project’ for ‘ShedSpace’. 1000 box structure built in Stratford town centre, sponsored by Stratford Rising Consortium and Stratford Circus.
Feb-May 2011 ‘Peep Into My World’ school arts programme/teachers’ INSET and exhibition with Chisenhale Gallery & Tower Hamlets Extended Services
April 2011 Girls’ Aspirational Workshops for Creative Partnerships. West Hatch School, Essex.
August 2010 ‘Great Southwark Story Wall’. Community Project for Southwark libraries and Southwark Festival.
Feb-Apr 2010 ‘Making Space; Sensing place’ 3month research fellowship in India and Bangladesh (V&A Museum of Childhood, Harley Museum, A Fine Line, Arts Council England)
Feb – May 2009 ‘Don’t Box Me In’. Collaborative project funded by Tower Hamlets Extended Services with 25 schools ending in exhibitions at the V&A Museum of Childhood and the London Museum at Docklands.
May-June 2008 Guest Lecturer, Curtin University, Perth, WA
May- July 2008 Artist in residence, Perth Central School of Art and Design, WA
Feb April 2008 Artist in residence, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
Sep-Nov 2007 Intergenerational Project; Rydens School and Elmbridge Day Centre, with the Robert Phillips Gallery, Surrey.
May – August 2007 Artist in Residence. Guildford Grammar School. Perth. Australia
April 2007 A-level collaborative sculpture project. Crownwoods High School, Greenwich.
Feb 2007 Brentford CLC Residency. Hounslow consortium. 3 A-level groups worked together to produce a semi-permanent wall installation.
January 2007 Guest Lecturer. Croydon College.
June 2006 Rotherhithe Boat. Life-size boat made from packing boxes, made collaboratively by local community. Rotherhithe Festival
Feb-Mar 2006 Artist in Residence. The Green School for Girls. Isleworth.
Nov/Dec 2005 Richard Atkins School Residency. Creative Partnerships/Studio Voltaire
Sept 2005 Lambeth in the Future publication.
July 2005 Expressions of an Adolescent Mind. Stockwell Park High School at SV.
May - July 2004 Dulwich Picture Gallery Project with ‘Endymion’ and Kingsdale School.
Jan – June 2004 ‘Taking Part II ’ – for PEAZ. Livesy Museum for Children, London.
May – Aug 2003 ‘Taking Part’ Cumin Museum, Southwark, London.
Jan – April 2003 Artist in Residence – Spitalfields Development Trust.


Work is held in various collections including the Brisbane State Library and private collections in UK, Australia, Europe and USA.