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Yelena Popova

Born in USSR, works in Nottingham, UK




Made Ground, Cample Line, Thornhill, Scotland. 


Showing Now, Touring Later. The Art House, Worcester University, UK


Landscapes of Power, Philipp von Rosen, Cologne.

The Scholar Stones Project, Holden galery, Manchester


Her Name is Prometheus, Letranger, London

Настоящим Удостоверяется, Osnova, Moscow, Russia

Townlets, The Art House, Wakefield, UK


This Certifies That, Philipp von Rosen, Cologne, Germany

Elements, Girton College, University of Cambridge


After Image, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK


Unsensed, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (curated by Madeleine Kennedy)

Recite a Painting, Upton House, National Trust, Warwickshire, UK


A World to Gain, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Cologne

Drying Time, Paradise Row, London


Unsoluble Moments, ‘Why Painting Now’, Cirated_by_Vienna, Austria (curated by Lina Dzuverovic)

Nameless Nobles, NN Gallery, Northampton (curated by Catherine Hemelryk)

The Portrait Gallery, Cole Gallery, London


Portrait Gallery Withdrawn part of Abstract Possible, East Side Projects, Birmingham (curated by Maria Lind)

Olympic Throw, Zabludowicz Collection ‘Invites’, London

UNNAMED, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Berlin






Timescapes, Shtager&Shch, London, curated by Maria Hinel.


Matter as Actor, Lisson Gallery, London, curated by Greg Hilty 

Hoarfrost on Our Lips, Paradise Works, Manchester, curated by Will Marshall

Colonial Endurance, Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam, curated by TOK 

PostPetrochemical Practices, Cromer Art space


Made in X, curated by Joachim Naudts, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwrp, 04.02-29.05.2022

Fragile, at Austin Desmond Fine Art 08.04.2022-09.05.2022


Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Every Women Biennial, London

Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London

Examination of a case. Pop and Politics in Contemporary Textile Arts, Curator: Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz.



Heavy Duty paper, Division of Labour, Wocester.

We are here, Female Artists in Cambridge Colleges, Heong Gallery, Cambridge.

Slow Painting, curated by Martin Herbert for Hayward touring.



Parade, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City curated By Kris Day December-January 2020

What branches grow out of this stony rubbish? Letrangere, London March-May

Estragon, Belmacz, London, April-May

Subversive Stitch, group show, curated by Hannah Watson, TJ Boulting, London, Feb-March

P for Portrait, group show, curated by Nat Pitt Division of Labour, THE ART HOUSE, University of Worcester, Jan-Feb



Perpetual Uncertainty, group show curated by Ele Carpenter, Malmo Konst Museum,

Routines and Figures, 3 artist show, SEA Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Group Show, Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst, Munich,

If You Can Stand The Heat, Roaming Gallery, London


Blue. Seventeen (Grotova, Neelova, Popova), Osnova Gallery. Moscow

Drawing Biennale, Drawing Room, London

Seventeen. (Grotova, Neelova, Popova) Centrala, Birmingham


EchtZEIT, The Art of Slowliness, group show, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany Jun-Sept 2016

Perpetual Uncertainty, curated by Ele Carpenter, Buildmeseet, Umea, Sweden

New Visions, Curated by Marial Lind, Tensta Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden.

Now for Tomorrow from the Nottingham Castle collection, Nottingham, UK


Dispaly Show, Temple Bar Callery, Dublin and Eastside Projects, Birmingham (curated by Gavin Wade)

Future Light, MAK, Vienna Biennale, (curated by Maria Lind)

The Decorator and the Thief, Nothern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, (curated by George Vasey)

30 Years of the Future, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester


The Other Side, Garage project space, Moscow (curated by Snejana Krasteva)


Group show, Regina Gallery, Moscow

Infinite City, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA

The Futures of the Past, Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel, (curated by Heidi Brunschweiler)

Group show, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London

Selma Parlour/ Yelena Popova, Horton Gallery, New York

Twofold: Gregor Hylla/ Yelena Popova, Outpost Gallery, Norfolk

The Red Mansion Art Prize Winners Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

Joyful Archipelago, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, London


New Sensations, Victoria House, London

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, at Sheffield; and ICA, London

Keep Doors & Passages Clear, White Columns Gallery, New York, (curated by Tom Godfrey)




The Art House, Wakefield, May 2018

CCA Andratx, Mallorca, October 2017

West Dean College, July, 2017

Girton College Cambridge October 2016-June 2017

Ciltivamos Cultura, Portugal, September, 2015

Upton House National Trust, 2014- 2015

Moks, Estonia, August, 2011





2013 Shortlisted for The Arts Foundation Awards: Painting

2011 The Outset Prize, The Parallel Prize and The Red Mansion Prize

2010 RCA Oberon Book Award / Second prize, judged by Peter Blake





Arts Council Collection (London), Government Art Collection (London), RCA Collection (London), Saatchi Collection (London), Zabludowicz Collection (London), In4Art Collection (Netherlands), Jalima Collection (Dusseldorf), Nottingham Castle Collection, New Hall Art Collection (Cambridge), LWL Museum (Munster), CCA Andrax Collection (Mallorca, Spain), Sea Foundation (Netherlands) and various private collections.




2009 - 11 MA Painting, Royal College of Art (RCA), London.

1995 - 00 Set Design and Construction, Moscow Art Theatre School (MHAT), Moscow

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