Mandy Webb


I was diagnosed HIV Positive in 2002, sadly it was a late diagnosis, which has caused a great deal of problems with my health, but I know that I am extremely lucky to be able to tell my tale, so that has been my focus ever since that day!

Graduated in 2008 winning The Fine Art Graduate Award for my Degree show, work based around my HIV Positive status, this led to my first Solo Exhibition in Portsmouth, U.K. I have continued to exhibit on a regular basis raising awareness about HIV/AIDS along with other issues important to me. I have been a 'Selected' Artist at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester a couple of times. I created the Red Ribbon Dress, a Memorial/Legacy piece of work that has approximately 6000 assorted red ribbons stitched to it, a Memorial book based on the AIDS Quilts is also exhibited along with the dress, people are invited to write names, messages for people they may have lost to this disease, to people they know living daily with it or even themselves, but it is for all to be able to read and contribute to if they desire.

Previous exhibitions at Pallant House, Chichester as a selected artist also as part of at Vyner Street, London and Debut Contemporary in Notting hill.

The most recent solo exhibition 'Great Expectations of an Incurable Optimist' at The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras, London resented an early retrospective my HIV based work in 2014.

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My artwork is autobiographical, diagnosed HIV Positive in 2002, my life drastically changed and I have drawn on these experiences to express my personal journey through the work I have created and exhibited ever since.

My work continually strives to raise awareness about this disease and through fear, disablement to empowerment I have created a vast collection of mixed media pieces from out of date condoms to red ribbons and pins.

As well as exhibiting HIV inspired work, I have created works that have been inspired by gender issues that surround me and continue to inspire me. Recently I have been creating a new collection of work, dedicated to recognising Female Artists/female Composers and Suffragettes that I believe are due recognition and this has become my goal to create and recognise as many Women as possible.

Previous exhibitions at Pallant House, Chichester as a selected artist also as part of at Vyner Street, London and Debut Contemporary in Notting hill.

The most recent solo exhibition 'Great Expectations of an Incurable Optimist' at The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras, Londonpresented an early retrospective my HIV based work in 2014.

Solo Show

2016            Addressing the Situation. The Grant Bradley Gallery. Bristol. U.K

2014            Great Expectations of an Incurable Optimist. The Crypt Gallery of

                    St Pancras. London

2013            Mae The Awareness Be With You! The Red Ribbon Dress

                    The Old Vic. Portsmouth

2013             Red Alert! The Red Ribbon Dress Portsmouth

2012             World Aids Day Red Ribbon Dress Waterstones. London

2012             Sussex Beacon Gala Event Red Ribbon Dress Brighton

2010            The Museum of the Loss of Practicality + other Peculiarities! (The

                     Next Chapter). Gallery Art Space, Portsmouth

2010            The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. Gallery Art Space,


                     Designed Invite and Curated Show.

2008            The Museum of the Loss of Practicality + other Peculiarities. Gasp

                    Gallery Art Space, Portsmouth

                    Designed catalogues, invites and flyers using funds from university award, plus organised and curated show.

Group Shows

2016            The Salon des Refuses. SPACE. London

2015            Brighton Gin. Brush. Brighton

2015            Victorious Festival. Portsmouth

2015            Pride. Brush. Brighton

2015            The Girlie Show. Brush. Brighton

2014            Feminism In London Conference (FiLia)

2014            Femme. Velvet Tattoo Studio. Brighton

2013            100 Artists For World Aids Day. The Dome. Brighton

2013             Feminism In London Conference (FiLia)

2013            FiLia Art Show and Fundraiser. Space Station 65. London

2013            The Icons Exhibition. Jubilee Library. Brighton

2013            The Sussex Artists Award. Pallant House. Chichester (Shortlisted)

2013            Outside In The Daisy Festival. Leatherhead

2013            Outside InThe Lightbox Gallery. Woking

2013            The Commontree Room 237 Portsmouth

2012/13       Outside In Exhibition Pallant House Gallery Chichester (Finalist)

2012            Bath Fringe Festival (Within Without You) The Pet Store, Bath

2011/2012   DEBUT Contemporary Westbourne Grove London

2011            Flora, FloraThe Kings Theatre Southsea

2010            The Signature Art Gallery London


2010100         Artists for Pride Brighton

2010               Left in Vision 4, University of London

2010               Lakeside Portsmouth

2010               Art Space Portsmouth 30th Anniversary

2010              Diversity (One World) University of Portsmouth

2010              Facebook Friends, Art House 2. Havant

2009             Art in Mind The Brick Lane Gallery. London

2009             Left in Vision 3, University of London

2009             C-R-A-C-K Marie Lloyd Bar, Hackney Empire, London

2009             Alumni University of Portsmouth

2009             Arts Trail Hayling Island

2008             When it’s gone, it’s gone (Degree Show), University of


2007            Ox jam, Castle fields, Portsmouth

                    Organised, promoted, curated a show of over 30 local artists, as well as exhibiting

2007            Arts Trail, Hayling Island

2006            Positive Pictures Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

2006            Positive Pictures Cathedral of Portsmouth

2005            Southampton Art Gallery WORLD AIDS DAY


2008             Fine Art Graduate Award. University of Portsmouth.


2005-2008     B.A. Fine Art, University of Portsmouth

2004-2005     Access to Art, Design & Media, University of Portsmouth

2003-2004     City & Guilds: Interior Design, Highbury College, Portsmouth

                      Scaled Drawings (elevations & floor plans), Working to Proposals

1998-2000     BTEC: Restoration & Decorative Arts

                      Faux Finishing, Gilding, Carpentry


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