Polly Palmerini was born in Italy, and is an artist and educator currently based in Manchester. Her practice explores materiality, malleability and the performative quality of everyday objects, in relation to how as humans we connect to ideas of brokenness , un-used, damage; and to investigate new fictions using photography performance, and sculpture.

She was the British Council Artist-in-Residence during the Venice Biennale in 2017. Palmerini also curates the Museum of Half Truths which was presented in 1a Space, Hong Kong and Contact Theatre, Manchester. SHehe has exhibited during the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China and during the Les Rencontres d’Arles, in the Voies Off, France in 2018 and 2022.

Recent graduate from MA Photographic Arts at University of Westminster.  Exhibited in Ambika P3, London, December 2023 as part of OFFSET, SET OFF; and published in Surface Editions, Reconstruct.


@pollypalmerini / @museumofhalftruths /  pollypalmerini@gmail.com

credit: Audrey Albert, 2021 
Image Credit: Audrey Albert

Exhibitions / Publication

2023, OFF SET / SET OFF, Ambika P3
2023, Surface Editions - ‘Reconstruct’, group publication.

2023 - Freedom, desire, community – MDC Research Group Exhibition, Modal, School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University.  
2023 Paper Geographies, FORMAT Festival, Derby
2022 Paper Geographies, Arles, France.
2020 Paper Geographies, Manchester Central Library
2019 Natural Light, AIR Gallery/Lumen Studios
2019 TOIL, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester
2018 Beyond the Camera V, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2018 ROUTE, Voies Off Festival, Arles France
2018 Degree Show at Manchester School of Art
2018 A Month at the Venice Art Biennale, Bow Arts
2017 Make/Shift, Plant Noma, Manchester
2017 Into the Labyrinth, International 3, Salford

Curatorial Projects

2021 An Anthology of Joy - MOHT (Contact Theatre, Manchester) funded by MIF.
2021 First Light, New Northern Graduate Photography
2020 Museum of Half Truths, 1a Space - Hong Kong. Funded by 1aspace and HKDF.
2019 The Place, Grosvenor Gallery. 
2018 Route, Voies Off Festival, Arles


2019 Cultural Digital Designer in Residence, Abraham Moss High School and People’s History Museum
2017-8 Venice Art Biennale Fellowship - British Council funded - Venice, Italy