Born in Birmingham and now based in the east, Elaine Tribley works from her studio at The Hive in Chelmsford, a small artists studio space which she runs for local artists.  She has a BA in Fine Art from St Martin’s School of Art in London and returned in 2007 to complete a MAFA.

Tribley explores her immediate environments producing site responsive work with suggestions of belonging and nostalgia, and often with a sense of irony. Her work spans photography, drawing, sculpture and installation, and operates on the boundary between fine art and graphic design.

Several of Tribley's public artworks are on display at sites across the UK, and her work is held in the collections of Braintree Museum, The V&A, Central St Martins and The Gardens of Easton Lodge. She is one half of the collective '
RichTea Projects' with Amanda Westbury and is a founding member of Market Project, a collective which researched and shared new methods or opportunities for artistic professional and economic development.

Public Art
2023 Birdland & Collective Nouns, Corten Steel and bronze, Broomfield, Chelmsford
2022 History & Nature Frieze, St George's Hospital, Hornchurch
2021 Monument to Ethelburga, Kentish ragstone, engraved and infilled stainless steel and brass
2019 Mare & Foal in miniature, stainless steel sculpture for Writtle University
2019 Mare & Foal, stainless steel sculpture for Stonebond Properties, Writtle
2019 The Mothership, origami boat installation for Essex Book Festival, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
2018 The Learning Tree, wall installation for St Michaels Junior School, celebrating 50 years, Chelmsford
2017 The Dover Totems, sculpturol installations marking the walk up to the White Cliffs, Dover
2017 St John's Heritage Trail, various installations, St Johns Hospital Development, Chelmsford
2016 Source to Sea, tiling designs for refurbished public conveniences, Henley on Thames
2015 Band of Gold, vinyl design on glass of new swimming pool, Abbey Lesiure Centre, Barking
2014 A Bridge Afar, grit blasted concrete designs, Northern Road Bridge, Cosham, Portsmouth
2014 Le Drapeau, road art for Le Tour de France at 4 sites across Essex
2013 Sensing the City, temporary Installations, various sites across Chelmsford
2013 The Missing PIece, interactive trail, various sites, Chelmsford High Street
2012 The Rainham Tokens, bronze paving installations within the conservation area (RichTea Projects)
2012 Piecing Together, vinyl and perspex installations for Barking Hospital new build
2011 Beacontree Medley, glass frontage design for new pool complex, Beacontree, Dagenham
2011 Story Markers, Brass installations joining up local histories, Chelmsford
2010 Mayes Brook Trail Markers, engraved stainless steel, Dagenham
2010 The Street Abbreviated, grit blasted concrete bridge, Witham, Essex
2010 Historic Route Finder, galvanised steel and cast aluminium, Garrison, Colchester
2009 World at our Feet, aluminium and vinyl, Gascoigne Primary School, Barking
2008 Memory Plaques, vinyl text on acrylic panels, Porters Avenue Health Centre, Dagenham
2006 GenerART, coated aluminium and vinyl, Hythe, Colchester
2006 Transparent Shadows, acrylic panels and vinyl, ECC County Hall, Chelmsford


2022 What I Learnt From My Grandmother, mentoring and curation for Highstile Projects, Dunmow
2018 Narnia themed walk through experience, design and build, BHS, Chelmsford
2017 Gingerbread House and sweets walk through pop up, design and build, Bond Street, Chelmsford
2016 Victorian walk through Christmas experience, design and build, Lathcoates Farm
2015 Frost Experience, grotto design and build, Chelmsford
2014 Frost Experience, grotto design and construction, High Street, Chelmsford
2013 Curator and artist for ‘Sensory Trail’ for Sensation Festival
2013 Curator for ‘Out There’ Chelmsford public art initiative
2012 School Art Week, landscape from landscape, Boxted Primary, Colchester
2012 Untrue Island, Consultant for public engagement, Commissions East
2011 Timeframe, school visits artist, University Gallery, Essex University, Wivenhoe
2011 Creative Connections, Royal Opera House, Purfleet
2011 Burnt Mills, creativity and boys, consultant, Harlow
2011 Education Consultant for Commissions East ‘Fleet’ project
2010 Public Art research and publication production for Braintree District Arts
2010 Burnt Mills Text Project, consultant & programmer, Royal Opera House CP
2010 Hospital Gallery Collections & Public Art Co-ordinator for St Michaels, Braintree
2010 Curator and co-ordinator for Three Towns Trail, Braintree District
2009 Natural Connections, public consultation project, Dagenham
2009 Vital Communities, Sawston, Cambridge
2009 Artists of the Future, mentoring project, Essex County Council, Chelmsford
2009 Curator and co-ordinator for ‘Windows’ Art Trail, Braintree
2008 InterAlia, curator and organiser of contemporary art exhibition, Chelmsford
2008 Transitions, Epping Forest Arts, Chipping Ongar
2008 This is Me!, Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College, Canvey island
2008 Gascoigne Story Project, Gascoigne Primary School, Barking
2008 Rainham Regeneration, Royals & Chafford School, Rainham
2007 Colchester 2020 School workshops, Mercury Theatre, Colchester
2007 Abbey Green Creative Engagement Project, Abbey Green, Barking
Residencies and Long Term Placements
2015 - 2017 Artist Educator for Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
2011 - 2014 Associate Artist, firstsite
2014 - 2015 Research Residency with Gordon Flemons, TAP, Southend

2006 - 2008 ArC Artists Reflecting Citizenship, firstsite


2023 Curator for Harlow Open, Our Community and We Return to our Strange Life of Stone
2023 Living Room curation for Culture Chelmsford, The Meadows, Chelmsford
2023 Decor for Fling Cabaret and mini 3ft festival, Central Park, Chelmsford

2022 St George's Hospital, learning resources 
2022 Valentines Bench selfie installation for In Canteen, Chelmsford
2021 Design and production of decor and childrens activities for The Pop Up Club, Brentwood
2021 Installations for Eat to the Beat festival entrance, Chelmsford
2021 Marks Gate, learning resources and hoarding designs for Padnall Lake new development
2021 Monster Invasion, Chelmsford High Street, peep boards, monster parts, unit decor, river monster design and workshops
2021 Gascoigne, learning resources and hoarding designs for new developments in Barking
2019 ABC blocks, belisha beacons, giant mirror balled fruit sticks, cabaret decor for Fling Festival
2019 Signage, chalk boards, entrance decor for Street Eats n' Beats Festival, Chelmsford
2019 Giant teapot, Dores Kitchen, Rodings
2018 Signage and installations for Event City, Manchester
2018 Signage and vintage installations for Sam&Ellie (Poppy's Coffee)
2018 Giant fruit sticks, giant birthday fruit cake, cabaret decor and strawberry and bee garden for Fling Festival
2018 Illustrations for 'Nonsense : A Book of Poetry'
2018 Decorated beds for Geronimo Festival
2017 Interior cabaret decor, bespoke bunting, giant windmills for Fling Festival
2017 Finger post signs and giant daisy interior decor, Festival of Curiosity, Pylewell Park, Hampshire
2016 8ft figures, cabaret decor and giant windmills, Fling Festival, Chelmsford
2015 Giant Daisies and signage for The Fling and 3 foot festival
2015 Entrance fascia for the Big Top for The Fling Caberet
2015 Giant headphones, borage and signage for 'Eat to the Beat' festival
2014 Signage for City Diversions Festival
2014 Branded and painted pianos for The Fling
2013 Sculpture Cube, gallery cafe activity
2013 Windmills and Signposts, The Fling and 3foot Festival
2012 The Inside Out Gallery, Essex Street Diversions 10 year exhibition
2012 Chelmsford Bead, Sparks will Fly
2012 Basildon Bead, Sparks will Fly
2010 Olympia, Journey to the Podium, Essex 2012 Legacy, ECC
2009 Text Wall, North Primary, Colchester
2009 Number 10, Ollie Ford & Malcolm Izatt, Chelmsford
2009 Time Machine, school resource installations, North Primary, Colchester
2009 The Gascoigne Story, book design, Barking
2009 Pistachio, Window Graphic, Tourist Information Centre, Colchester
2009 England Turned Upside Down, Northamptonshire Museum & Art Gallery
2008 The Magical Box of Curation, resource box for firstsite, Colchester
2008 Giant Paint by Numbers, vinyl and acrylic, Lathcoates, Chelmsford
2007 Cuckoo Farm Signage, aluminium and vinyl, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester


2023 Immortal Anemones & Forests of the Future, Chelmsford Cathedral
2022 To Be What I Seem, Crafting Conversations, Dunmow Maltings & Museum
2018 On Reflection, Geodome for summer exhibition at Chelmsford Cathedral
2018 Renewal, Museum gallery, Chelmsford Museum
2017 Ghost Books, Beecroft Gallery, Southend (to celebrate the buildings recent history as a library)
2016 Hive Group Show, Chelmsford Museum gallery, Chelmsford
2015 Routed through Essex, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
2015 Workshop Sketchings, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
2014 Museum of Curiosities II, Gatehouse Studios Gallery, Harlow
2013 Hive Studio Show, The Beecroft Gallery, Southend
2012 The Possibility of Envy, The Gallery Upstairs, The Hub, Chelmsford
2012 Arts in Parliament, Westminster Hall, London for Journey to the Podium
2012 Home, Mint Hotel, Tower Hill London, in association with Whitechapel Gallery
2012 Presenting Hive, Maeldune Heritage Centre, Maldon
2011 Studio Show, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
2011 Invisible Dust, Sainsburys Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich
2010 Mesopotamia, Interior Angle Gallery, Chelmsford
2010 Wysing Arts Contemporary: Presents, Wysing, Cambridge
2010 The Late Shift, Sainsburys Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich
2009 Crittall Windows An Artists View, Braintree Museum, Essex
2009 Summer of Art, Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex
2009 No Man's Land, Elevator Gallery, Hackney
2008 MA Fine Art Degree Show, St Martins School of Art & Design, London
2008 This Constant Cracking of the Surface, Bargehouse, London
2007 Leigh Art Trail, Quidity, Leigh on Sea
2007 Landscape & Englishness, Benham Gallery, Colchester
2007 DIY, Nolias Gallery, London
2007 Lost, Found and Imagined, Salt Projects, Forest Hill, London
2006 Twisted / Cognitive / Sublime, Escape Bar & Art, London
2006 Outside, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester
2006 Landmarks, Lethaby Gallery, London
2006 Clump, Nolias Gallery, London
2005 Imagine a World....... Amnesty International, Bargehouse, London
Funding & Awards

2015 firstsite Collectors Bursary Award for mentoring and development
2011 Arts in Essex Small Grants Award, Essex County Council
2010 Arts Council Award for Market Project initiative
2009 Selected for Escalator ‘artist retreat’ at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
2007 Arts in Essex Small Grants Scheme, Essex County Council
2006 RIBA Art in the Built Environment Award, GenerArt Project, Hythe Quay.


Braintree Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Arts Library Special Collection
Central St Martins Museum & Study Collection, London
Gardens of Easton Lodge, Great Easton
Basildon Sporting Village, JTTP Olympic Collection
Qualifications and training

2008 MA Fine Art, St Martins School of Art & Design, London
2006 ArtStart: early years arts training, Essex County Council
2005 BA Fine Art, St Martins College of Art & Design, London
1999 BTEC Foundation in Art & Design, Chelmsford College
1991 EARAC Diploma in Applied Arts, Colchester Institute

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