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Dianne Setch

CV, Artist statement, Exhibitions

bodice buried in a wall
torso drawing

Born Leicestershire 1945; studied in Foundation and Fashion Departments Leicester College of Art followed by employment in a design office in the clothing industry; taught in adult education for Glamorgan County Council; exhibition assistant in private gallery; lectured in Foundation Studies at Cardiff College of Art.

From 1988 onwards been a consultant to private galleries and artists and managed professional practices of artists and designers.

From 1968 exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and throughout Wales.

Art activities include costume and set designs for agitprop street theatre, conferences, gallery installations and art festivals.


1984 to date Exhibited in the annual Women’s Arts Association exhibitions in celebration of International Women’s Day


1976 - 82 National Secretary of the Association of Artists and Designers in Wales


1984 founder member of the Women’s Arts Association


1986 - 88 Exhibitions Secretary, Department of Art, National Museum of Wales


1995 - 2006 Tutored computer art and design courses for the University of Glamorgan and community arts organisations


1999 - 2008 Manager of Women’s Arts Association Digital Arts Workshop

Full CV

chalk drawing of armor
fabris mask


My art is about absence.


I have always been interested in costume and how a body is disguised by what it carries wrapped around it and the job this disguise does.  As a student, looking at historical costumes in museums, I became aware of the awkwardness of how costumes are displayed and the labeling explaining who once inhabited the interior space of the clothing with a written description of their life and the purpose of the clothing in past times, the wearer long gone.


I invent costume to create a state of absence of a wearer.  For the last forty years I have made costumes and drawings using materials both conventional and unorthodox to describe this absence.


For the last thirty years, still concerned with the same subject matter, I have been using image manipulation software to create digital drawings.  At first this work only involved detailed freehand drawing on a computer and replicated fabrics and the construction methods used to make costumes.  Latterly I have introduced a collage of photographic images with added brush and ink drawing.


Since the early 1960s I have exhibited my work in the UK, Europe and the USA, have mounted solo exhibitions (touring) in the UK and taken part in numerous group shows. In 2006 I was awarded the Welsh Artist of the Year printmaking prize.  I have work in public and private collections.


From the late 1960s I have designed and made costumes for theatre, taught in further education, worked in arts administration in commercial galleries and museums, mounted group exhibitions and arranged artists residencies in the UK and Europe and until 2007 managed the Women’s Arts Association Digital Arts Workshop.


As the founder member of the Women’s Arts Association in 1984, along with many other women who are artists, I work to raise the status of creative women in the art world in Wales.

buried bodice

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

2018            Out of the Box, Llanover Hall, Cardiff

2017            How I see it.....Llanover Hall, Cardiff UK

                    Art Central Anniversary Exhibition. Barry, UK            

2015            Picking Up the Thread, Butetown History and     

                    Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK

2014            Additions, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Cardiff

2013            Female Frame 4, Clwyd Theatr Cymru Gallery, Mold,                     Wales

2012            Monstrous Regiment of Women, Cynon                                         Valley Museum and Gallery, Aberdare,Wales

                    Women's Arts Association Members Exhibition,

                    Butetown History and Arts

                    Centre, Cardiff.

2011            Artemesia, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

                    Female Frame 3, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

2010            Female Frame 2, Pontadawe Arts Centre, S.Wales

2008            Other Visions - Here and Now, Gordy Gallery,

                    Muncie, Indiana, USA

2007            Female Frame, the Art Shop, Abergavenny

                    International Women’s Day Exhibition, Square 1

                    Gallery, London

                    Presence of Light, Oriel Canfas, Cardiff

2006            Viginti, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

                    Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition, St David’s Hall,

                    Cardiff (Printmaking Award)

2005/6        Other Visions 2, Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery,


2005            Works on Paper, The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff

                    Other Visions, The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff

                    In the Summer Time, Oriel Canfas, Cardiff

                    Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy,


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