Nancy Herbert [Resolven, Grande-Bretagne, Wales, 1921 - Montreal, 1986]



Alternative approach - Cell Expanding; Technique Mixed (off loom) Material: Wool and synthetics, Size: Height 12 ft. Width 7 ft. Diameter4 ft


  Nancy Herbert

Born in Resolven, Glamorgan, Wales Resides in Montreal, Quebec. Graduate (B.A.) of Sir George Williams University, Montreal, where she is at present preparing for her M.A. degree in art education. Studied plastic medics at Sheridan College, Ontario, under Harry Hollander. Extensive teaching experience (art and applied arts). Group exhibitions; at the Stable Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Merton Gallery, Toronto; and the Weissman Gallery Sir George Williams University, Montreal, which also arranged her one-man exhibition. Received a Canada Council project grant  (1972).

the above information is taken from the Textiles into 3-D broadsheet Poster used to promote the original exhibition 


 Alternative approach - Cell Expanding: Technique Mixed (off loom) Material: Wool and synthetics, Photo provided by Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and used with permission

Alternative approach - Cell Expanding was purchased by the Leonard &Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia at some point after the Textile into 3D exhibition and was included in an exhibited a show entitled "this is Montreal" in March 2008. This show was curated by Andrew Hunter while researching the material to be shown the gallery was in touch with the H.N. Pullar Library at the Textile Museum of Canada to see if they had any information on the artist. I just happened to be there and subsequently wrote an article called "It Simply Started With a Question:" fQ Volume 4 Issue 4/ Fall 2008.

Nancy Herbert's grand daughter found the story while googling her grandmother's name and forwarded the story to her mother Anne Mathew. Anne Mathew then got in touch with me and I provided her with the information I had and our correspondence began. 

Since then:

We know Nancy Herbert became and remained a friend of Helen Duffy's during her life time, acquired several pieces of Helen's art and maintaining a correspondence (sometime fully illustrated)


A copy of Nancy Herbert's full CV has been forwarded and edited to reflect her Art activities, (see Nancy Herbert CV below)   

The location of Nancy Herbert's archive: family friends of Nancy's from Hazelwood House in Devon have it and the work is being kept at Druid Temple in Wales in large wooden boxes. 

In a recent trip to Montreal, Anne has been in touch with the Leonard &Bina Ellen Art Gallery and they have provided her with some Conservation and Archive management contacts in Great Brittan, and through family connection has contacted a a curator in Wales and discussion on how to proceed in  re-establishing Nancy Herbert  place in the discourse of Textile and fibre arts history. Her contribution while practicing shouldn't be misplaced.  

This update is the next stage in this process.





Born:  Resolven, Grande-Bretagne, 1921, immigrated to Canada 1960









Barry Training College for teachers

Education (in Canada)




Academic Honours



B.A Major Painting



Graduate M.A. Honours Painting

Concordia University Montreal








September Group Show

Stable Gallery in M.J.A .Montreal


April-May One Man Show Cell Expanding

Weissman Gallery S.G.W.U. Montreal



Textile into 3D

Art Gallery of Ontario Extension ~Department


One Man show

Merton Gallery Toronto


One Man show

Gairlock House, Oakville Ontario


Group Show

Long Lane Ontario


One Man Show

Gibson Home Longeuill


Group Exhibit

Memorial University Newfoundland


Group Exhibit

University of Calgary


Group documentation

Articule Montreal


T.V programme Art Montreal

produced by Vehicle Art Montreal


Group Exhibition Vehicule Art Concrete Poetry.

International Artists and Poets


Group Exhibition

University of Waterloo




Grants and Awards




Project Grant

Canada Council


Summer animation fund for Summer Studied: Harry Hollander Plastics at Sheridan College, Oakville

National Film Board Media Centre-








Teacher experimental Literature Class-Elementary Grades

Strathearn and Barclay Schools Montreal


School-grades 8-11

South Shore Protestant Regional School Board. Chambley County High


Grade 1

Regional School Board of Gaspesia-Port Daniel Shigawake.


Instructor University

Extension course Art in Special Education

McGill University at Hope Town School Gaspésie


Elementary grades Art & Language Arts Experimentation in puppetry 7 poetry mythology etc.

South Shore Protestant Regional School Board Vincent Massey


Instructor in Fine Arts, Art Education and Crafts,

Concordia University , Montreal


Leader Workshops in

Gaspésie, York University and Montreal


Art Specialist at

F.A.C.E Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal


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