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Ghislaine Howard

Ghislaine Howard is internationally recognised as a painter of powerful and expressive means. Her paintings, prints and drawings chart and interpret shared human experience.

Ghislaine was named as a ‘Woman of The Year’ in 2008 for her contribution to art and society. Born in Eccles, she studied Fine Art at Newcastle University, then moved down to London and immersed herself in the collections of art both in this country and abroad. In 1980 she moved back to her native north-west with her husband, the art historian Michael Howard.

In 1985 she held her first major one-person exhibition at Salford Art Gallery, then home to the L.S. Lowry collection. The critic Jim Aulich wrote of this show: ‘Luscious and unorthodox, these pictures are strikingly original in what they depict within the tradition of figure painting’.

Ghislaine has published and exhibited widely and has work in many public and private collections, both here and abroad, including Manchester Art Gallery, The Whitworth, and the Royal Collection.

Exhibitions of her work have taken place at many prestigious venues including Manchester Art Gallery, Canterbury Cathedral, Imperial War Museum North and the British Museum.

She is currently working on a major project entitled 'The Seven Acts of Mercy' and a monograph relating to her life and work, 'The Human' written by her husband the art historian Michael Howard, was published by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016.

Ghislaine is both delighted and honoured that Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have given over the Tony Wilson Rooms situated on the ground floor of the Chamber to house a changing selection of her works, including selections from her 365 Series of daily paintings and the sequence of paintings relating to ‘Embracing Manchester’.

Selected Exhibitions since April 2016

Oakham Contemporary, launch exhibition, October 2020

Castlegate Prize Finalists’ Exhibition’, Castlegate House Gallery, September - October 2020

‘We will Always Be Together’, at ‘The Fire Within’, The Galleries, Wigan curated by Al and Al, October 2020 ongoing

‘Portraying Pregnancy: from Holbein to Social Media’, The Foundling Museum, January - August 2020

‘Love is a Rebellious Bird’, The Galleries, Wigan, curated by Al and Al, November 2019 - August 2020

‘Towards an Impossible Painting’, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, August 2019

‘Two Painters’, (with Ian Norris), Collect Art, June 2019

‘The Fire Within’, The Galleries, Wigan, curated by Al and Al, May- July 2019,

Solo Show, Callaghans’ Fine paintings, Shrewsbury April - June 2018

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, March 2018 ongoing

‘Embracing Manchester’, Saint Ann’s church and House of Fraser, Deansgate, Manchester, May 2018

‘Drawn to  Paper, Art Decor Gallery, Whalley,  July 2017

Retrospective, Collect Art, March - June 2017

‘From Degas to Ghislaine Howard’, Gateway Gallery, March – April 2016

‘Be Still’ part of the PassionArt Trail, John Rylands Library, February – April 2016

Inaugural exhibition, Gateway Gallery, November – December 2015

Young Masters Dialogues, Sphinx Fine Art, London, October 2015

‘Return of the Prodigal Son’, Manchester Cathedral, July – September 2015

‘Portraits’, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, March 2015

‘The 365 Series’ at the PassionArt Trail, Manchester Art Gallery, April 2014

‘Pinhole Man’, Cresswell Crags Museum, Summer 2014

‘PassionArt Trail’, St. Ann’s Church, Manchester, March – April 2014

‘Poetry, Passion and Painting’, Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, May 2013

‘Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind’, The British Museum, March – June 2013

‘The Choreography of Walking’, Chapman Gallery Salford University, March 2011

‘The Circus Animals’ Desertion’, Birr Arts Festival, Ireland, August 2010

‘The 365 Series’ Imperial War Museum North, March 2009

Slic Dessin, Paris, with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery March 2009

‘Towards The Empty Tomb’, Liverpool Cathedral, 2008/9

‘The Intimate Portrait’, Whitworth Gallery Manchester, September 2007- January 2009

‘The Stuff of Life’, Saltaire Festival,  September 2008

‘Towards the Empty Tomb’, Derby Cathedral, February – March 2008

‘Changing Eight’, Liverpool Hope University College, January 2007

‘One Family – Three  Painters’, Wendy Levy Contemporary Art with Michael and Cordelia Howard, June 2007

‘Vesali Icones’, Paintings used as the setting for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s ‘Vesali Icones’ with the musical ensemble Psappha, Gulbenkian, Lisbon, January 2005; Queen Elizabeth Hall, May, 2005 and Buenos Aires, June 2005

‘Encounters’, Solo Show, Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art, November 2004

‘A Shared Experience’, two linked exhibitions at the Sheridan Russell Gallery, London and the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. September – October 2004

artLondon with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, 2004

‘Sex in the City’, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, The Glass House Gallery, London 2004

‘Out of Office’, Manchester Technology Centre, April 2004

‘Presence’, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, February 2004

Selected Works from the BBC Residency, BBC, Manchester, June 2001- April 2004

artLondon with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, June 2003

‘The Unguarded Moment’, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, artLondon, May 2002

‘Intimacy’, the Mostyn Gallery and the Lowry, Arts Council, January – April 2002

‘Art on Paper’, representing the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, Royal College of Art, February 2002

‘Works by Ghislaine, Michael and Cordelia Howard’, Duke’s Oak Gallery, October 2000

One person exhibition, Amnesty International Conference, Edinburgh, May 2001

Exhibition in Aid of the Medical Foundation Caring for Victims of Torture, Royal College of Art, London, October 2000

‘Times of Our Lives, Endings and Beginnings’ April – October 2000, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

Recent Work, solo exhibition, Horizon Modern Art, Brussels, November 1998

The Discerning Eye, London, invited artist (by critic/curator Richard Kendall), November 1998

‘The Informal Portrait’, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, November – January, 1997-8

Paintings and Drawings of ‘The Women of Troy', solo exhibition at the National Theatre, London, June 1995

‘Caught in The Act’, paintings and drawings produced as the official painter to Manchester’s year as ‘European City of Drama’, solo exhibition, British Council, Manchester, November, 1995

‘A Shared Experience', solo exhibition, Manchester City Art Gallery, resulting from a six month residency in Saint Mary’s Maternity Unit, Manchester, April ‑ May 1993

‘Critic’s Choice’, Wendy Beckett, Bruton Street Gallery, London May- June 1992

Solo Show, Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh, September 1991

Stations of the Cross the Captive Figure

The Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, Realised in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University College and supported by Amnesty International and North West Arts Board, 2000 – 2001 have been exhibited at the following venues:

Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, April – May, 2000

Liverpool Hope Chapel, May 2000 – March 2001

Canterbury Cathedral and The Cynthia Corbett Gallery at 54, The Gallery, London, March – April 2001

Liverpool Cathedral, March – April 2002

The Research and Education Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester, October 2002

Gloucester Cathedral, March – April 2003

Derby Cathedral and Art Gallery, March – April 2005

Bakewell Festival, August 2008

Liverpool Cathedral, including ‘The Empty Tomb’, February – March 2008

Exeter Cathedral, Feb – May 2009

Wirksworth Parish Church, 2010

Lichfield Cathedral February – May 2011

With the 365 Series and Judas: the Departure, York Minster, February – May 2011

With the 365 Series, Chester Cathedral, March – April 2011

York Minster, February – May 2012

Manchester Cathedral, November 2013

Oscott College, March – May 2014

Old Glossop Parish Church, April – May 2015, April – May 2016

Saint Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, March - June 2019


Embracing Manchester, exhibition catalogue, 2018

Drawn to Paper, Michael Howard and Julie McCabe, Art Decor, 2017

The Human Touch, Michael Howard, published by Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016

The Northern School: From Degas to Ghislaine Howard, Martin Regan, Gateway Gallery, 2016

PassionArt Trail: Be Still, Lesley Sutton, 2016

PassionArt Trail, Lesley Sutton, 2014

The Circus Animals’ Desertion, Irish Arts Council, 2010

Death’s Broken Dominion, Laura Gascoigne, The Tablet March 2008

Twelve Women Artists, Judy Rose, Wendy Levy Contemporary Art, 2006

Presence,  Meryl Doney, (ed.), exhibition catalogue, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, 2004

Stations of the Cross / The Captive Figure, edited by Michael Howard of Manchester Metropolitan University with contributions by Dr. Joan Crossley, Leicester University and Dr. Shannon Ledbetter, Liverpool Hope University College

Exhibiting Gender, Sarah Hyde, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University Press, September 1997

Steeple Chase Park, poetry by Frances Neagle, 1996

Artist’s Diary, Art Review, March 1994

Portraiture and Drawing the Figure, Ray Smith,  published by Dorling Kindersley, in association with the Royal Academy, 1994

A Shared Experience, Manchester City Art Gallery and Wellcome Foundation, essay by David Peters‑Corbett, 1993/4

Reviews in various publications including: Anglican Theological Review, British Medical Journal, ACE Magazine, Gallery Magazine, The Guardian, Modern Painters, The Women’s Art Journal;

Features: Art Review, The Artist Magazine, Big Issue, Daily Telegraph, The Tablet.

Television and Film

Who Do You Say I Am? BBC1, Easter 2007

Part of the team that produced Degas and the Dance; the production was awarded The Peabody Award in May 2004

Featured artist in Mischa Scorer’s Omnibus film for BBC 1, Degas, The Old Man Mad About Art, 1996

Featured artist in Granada Television’s In Celebration programme, The Nude, transmitted July 1994


Featured in Women’s Hour, 1993 various contributions to local B.B.C. broadcasts; occasional contributor to G.M.R. current affairs and arts programme.


Work in various collections including  The Royal Collection; Manchester Art Gallery; Whitworth Art Gallery; Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; Salford City Art Gallery; the BBC, Saint Mary’s Maternity Unit, Manchester; the Manchester Metropolitan University, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, British Medical Association, Liverpool Hope University College.

Private collections: Great Britain, Eire, France, Belgium, Germany, USA, Australia and elsewhere.

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