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Mandy Payne

Sheffield, UK

About the Artist

Mandy Payne (b.1964) lives and works in Sheffield, U.K.  


Originally, she trained as a dentist and worked in the Community and Hospital Dental services for 25 years. She had a career change in 2012 to work as a full-time artist, shortly before graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with a BA Fine Art. Since then she has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.


Recent solo exhibitions include: The John Moores Painting Prize in 2020/21, Wells Contemporary 2021 and RA Summer Exhibition in 2022, ‘Out Of Time’, 2019-20, Huddersfield Art Gallery; ’Out Of Place’, 2019, Angear Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham . Group exhibitions: The Castlegate Prize, 2020; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London : 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014; ‘Made In Britain’ – National Museum of Gdansk, 2019, ‘Contemporary Masters From Britain’, 2018,Yantai, Jiangsu, Tianjin and Nanjing, China (touring); John Moores Painting Prize, (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China ), 2016 and 2014 (Prize Winner) Contemporary British Painting Prize,  (London and Huddersfield), 2016, New Light Arts Prize, (Main Prize Winner - Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Harrogate and London), 2015, 2016 (invited artist) and 2020/21 (shortlisted), National Open Art Competition,( London), 2015 and 2014 and The Threadneedle Prize, (London), 2013.


Between 2015-2017 completed a two year Fellowship in stone lithography at Leicester Print Workshop for which she received Arts Council Funding and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Her solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2019 was also supported by Arts Council Funding.

Her work is held in public and private collections both in the UK and abroad.


Further information can be found on Wikipedia

Born 1964 - Pontypool.

Raised in Bradford

Based in Sheffield.



2011 - 2013   BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class), Nottingham University

2007 - 2010   HND Fine Art, Sheffield College

1992- 1995   MDentSci University of Leeds (Paediatric Dentistry)

1982 - 1986   BDS University of Manchester (Dentistry)



Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, 2015

Arts Council Funding, 2015

2 Year Fellowship in Stone Lithography, Leicester Print Workshop

Valeria Sykes Award (Main Prize) New Light Arts Prize, 2015

Prize Winner John Moores Painting Prize, 2014

Runner Up John Ruskin Prize, 2014 (Painting acquired for Ruskin collection, Millennium Gallery Sheffield)

Judges Prize, Harley Open Exhibition, (2013), Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate, S80, 3LW

Emerging Artist Award, (2012), South Yorkshire Open, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

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