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Ella Bryant is visual artist based in Bristol. Her ongoing project Internal Pressure draws on personal experience to explore the fragility of the mind, seeking to find a visual language for mental states.


She is interested in how the loss of an individual's presence and grounding allows perceptions, structures and boundaries to slip and become confused. In her work she often uses peculiar or unrecognisable found objects as ready-mades or materials to build assemblages, which she merges with photography using black and white darkroom processes such as liquid emulsion and photograms.

She completed an MA in photography at London College of Communication in 2010 where she began this project. Then in 2017 she did an MA in Art Psychotherapy at University of South Wales where she explored the relationship between art making and psychology in more depth. 

She works as an Art Therapist for Studio Upstairs, The Portable Wellbeing Studio and Bristol University, bringing art therapy to non-clinical environments. As well as this she has worked for the last 13 years as an Art Project Facilitator working with organisations such as Holburne Museum, Pump House Gallery, Brighton Museum, Glastonbury Festival, Bristol Folk House and Kingsgate Workshops. She regularly exhibits her artwork, most recently exhibiting in the Royal West of England Academy Open in 2019.


b. Bath, England, 1985.



  • M.A Art Psychotherapy, University of South Wales, 2017

  • M.A Photography, London College of Communication, 2010                                          

  • B.A Media Theory and Practice (1st Class), University of Sussex, 2007



  • Royal West Of England Academy Open, December 2019 

  • Interplay: One, Centrespace Gallery, April 2018

  • Three, Riverfront Arts Centre, July 2017

  • Two, Paper Arts, Bristol, September 2016

  • Two, Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport, April 2016

  • One, Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport, May 2015

  • Photography as Installation, Oxford House, London, October 2014

  • New Forms, Doomed Gallery, London, 14th-18th November 2012 

  • New Work, Silverprint Gallery, London, September, 2012 

  • Test, Stone Space, London, 20th September-14th October 2012 

  • Counterpoise, Kingsgate Gallery, London, 15th-25th March, 2012 

  • Matter in Hand: 2.5D, Kingsgate Gallery, London, 19th-22nd January 2012

  • Animapping Lambeth, The Portico Gallery, London, 5th June 2011 

  • Fountainhead, Kingsgate Gallery, London, 4th-7th May 2011 

  • MA Photography final show, London College of Communication, November 2010 (  

  • Salon 10, Four Corners Gallery, London, October-December 2010. 

  • As I Walked Out, SVA, Stroud, October 2010.  

  • Reports from an Ordinary Satellite (Part 3), AE Harris, Birmingham, July 2010 

  • Reports from an Ordinary Satellite (Part 2), The Well Gallery, LCC, London, February 2010

  • Reports from an Ordinary Satellite (Part 1), Bielefeld, Germany, January 2010



  • Kingsgate Emerging Artists Residency, April 2011-April 2012

  • Artist-in-Residence on As I Walked Out project, July-October 2010 



  • Ideas Tap Innovations Award



  • Michael Garbett 

  • Doomed Gallery  

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