Exhibitions & News



July 2020
The Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies explore their mutual border, the River Stour, in an exhibition that celebrates the thriving creativity of the region, the joy of making and the enjoyment and well-being gained through experiencing art. The exhibition features Annie’s “Boudicca”, from 24th July until 27th September 2020.



May 2020
Virtual Summer of Art
For the past 10 years Essex Summer of Art has supported over 160 art trail and open studio events throughout the county. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Explore Essex are pleased to be hosting the first ever Essex Summer of Art Virtual event, which features Annie’s Compassion painting, representing the best of human responses to tragic events.


ArtShareLove Magazine

March 2020
Art Share Love magazine Read all about Annie’s work in the March edition of Art Share Love magazine

15th September – 3rd November 2019
Oriel  Brondanw, Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth LL48 6SW
Open Exhibition, Susan Williams Ellis Foundation.


6th September 2019
Talk at St. Mary’s Church, Wivenhoe:
The making of the altar frontal.

20/21 September 2019
Open Studios, ACAVA, Old Maltings, Ardleigh CO77RT



August 2019
“Beyond Plastics”, Minories Gallery, Colchester




Colchester Art Society Open Summer Exhibition, Minories.

August 2019
‘The Creative Incident at Criccieth”
  – Y Digwyddiadau Creadyddiol. LL52 ODW

May 2019
Essex Summer of Art Design Show Launch, RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET

Coopers Gallery, Swan Basin, Mistley Quay. CO11.


15th – 30th November 2018 10am-5pm
Shared Art and Ideals
74 High Street Colchester CO1 1UE
Minories Galleries

Exploring familiar and new themes from Central and Eastern European Artists living and working in our community. (Painting illustrated was made by Annie  in Warsaw during the fall of the Berlin Wall.)

October 26th – November 11th 2018 9:30am-5pm
War, Art and Reconciliation
74 High Street Colchester CO1 1UE
Minories Galleries

An exhibition to mark the centenary of the end of The Great War.

6pm Thursday 3rd May 2018
Colne Radio Interview

Annie Bielecka in conversation with Nat Young on Colne Radio (106.6FM) 2018/05/03.


January 2nd – 31st 2018
Wivenhoe Bookshop
Over The Sofa Gallery

After featuring in the Cardiff Senned exhibition in late 2017, Annie’s painting ‘Bendith (Grace): The Suffering of Women in a Time of War’ returns to Wivenhoe this January, accompanied by a powerful text underlining its continued relevance today.

Recent Exhibitions

26th May – 9th June 2018
The Nottage Maritime Institute
Land and Sea’

An exhibition of new work including prints and textiles.

August 2017
Interview for Justhands-on TV

This month Annie was interviewed by Valerie Nesbitt for crafts channel Justhands-on.TV. She talks about the landscapes of Wales and East Anglia as reflected in her textile work.

June 2017
Interview on the ‘Heno’ Programme

During the Caffi Oriel exhibition ‘Môr a Mynydd’ (Sea and Mountains) Annie gave this interview about her work for BBC S4C.


8th August – 30th September
Senedd, Cardiff Bay.
Women, War and Peace

Annie’s painting ‘Bendith (Grace): The Suffering of Women in a Time of War’ featured in this new exhibition at the Welsh National Assembly.
Photo: Lee Karen Stow

July 2017
The Nottage Institute, Wivenhoe

Exhibition at The Nottage Maritime Institute of textile work by  Beth Atkinson, Annie Bielecka, Janet Harker, Eliza Kentridge, Lesley McCabe  and Susan Rhodes.

May/June 2017
Caffi Oriel Gallery, Croesor
Môr a Mynydd

In 2017 the Caffi Oriel Gallery presented ‘Môr a Mynydd’ (‘Sea and Mountains’), an exhibition of textile work by Annie, inspired by the mountains of Snowdonia.

September 2006
Reykjavik, Iceland

An  Exhibition of decorative textiles, sea and landscapes sponsored by Icelandic Air, with a catalogue designed by Catherine Dodds.

Previous Exhibitions

List of Exhibitions, commissions, works in collections and installation pieces

2018 September Colchester and Tendring Open Studios at the ACAVA Studios, The Old Maltings, Ardleigh.
2018 July  Harwich Festival Essex Summer of Art, Old Bank Studios, Harwich.

2018 May/June ‘Land and Sea’ solo exhibition of prints and textiles at the Nottage Maritime Institute, Wivenhoe.

2017 8th August – 30th September ‘Women, War and Peace’ group exhibition and events programme at the Senned, Cardiff Bay.

2017 8th – 23rd July ‘Threads’ at the Nottage Maritime Institute, Wivenhoe
Group show of textile work: Beth Atkinson, Annie Bielecka, Janet Harker, Eliza Kentridge, Lesley McCabe and Susan Rhodes.

2017 28th May – 18th June ‘Môr a Mynydd’ (‘Sea and Mountains’)
Caffi Oriel (Gallery), Croesor, Llanfrothen, Gwynedd

2012 /2016 Embroiderers Guild Group Projects
London Cultural Olympics. “Norway” exhibitor.
St.Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.
Ickworth House, National Trust.
Capability Brown 300th Anniversary
Mayoral Banner for Colchester Town Hall.

2011 – Oriel Rob Piercy, Porthmadog

2010 – 2016 Colchester Art Society Open Exhibitions at the Minories and Firstsite.

2009 Commission, New York. Embroidered Chasuble
St. John the Divine Cathedral, Manhattan.

2008. “Two Wivenhoe Artists” Exhibition – with James Dodds
Nottage Maritime Institute, Wivenhoe.

2007 Commission. Altar Frontal and Pulpit hangings/stoles
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Wivenhoe.

2007 Icelandic Arts Council invited as Visiting Artist working with textile Designer Sigrun Lara Shanko.

2006 ‘Glimpses’ Solo Exhibition, Reykjavic City Hall, Iceland

2005 “Story Tellers Tent” with Eliza Kentridge, Wivenhoe.

2004 ‘Suffering of Women at a Time of War’ Painting used as design by San Antonio University, Texas, USA and 2005 production of ‘War Music’ by Christopher Logue’s adaptation of Homer’s “Ilyad.”

2003 “Shakespeare’s Women” Costume Design Exhibition (with Martyn Jezerski) at Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

2002 “The Brighter side of Life” art school group exhibition Ottowill Gallery, Suffolk. Michael Young Gallery, Yorkshire.

2001 “Art on a Budget” Installation at Zloty Taratzy, Warsaw, Poland

1999 “Mother Goose” Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

1998 “The Sea” and “All that Jazz” Digby Gallery/Hay Gallery, Colchester.

1996 – 2000 Mad Dogs & Englishmen Theatre Company UK Tours
Design and costume
Comedy of Errors/ Taming of the Shrew/Midsummer Nights Dream
Black Shuck/Into the Light/Collector of Women

I regularly participate in the annual autumn Colchester Open Studios.

2003 – 2016 Annual Over the Sofa Exhibition at Wivenhoe Bookshop.

I show new work with the Colchester Art Society at the Minories and Firstsite Open Exhibitions.