About Artist
Selected Artworks

About Artist

Meryl Setchell Ainslie’s sculptures take the form of jewellery or small casts in precious metals. Her sketchbook and sculpture installations often include multiple elements or ‘collected experiences’ of time and place.

In 2004 Setchell-Ainslie founded Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre. She has curated more than 40 exhibitions and projects here and internationally including – 2003 Venice Agendas / Venice Revisited / ‘Worldly Goods’ Tate Britain, London. ‘The Skateraw Contemporary Drawing Project’ for the Demarco European Art Foundation in 2005. She is founder and Director of SKETCH, National Open Sketchbook Prize 2005, 2011, 2013, 2015.

Setchell-Ainslie studied at Exeter School of Art 1978-81 and MA Fine: Drawing, at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL) 2001

Selected Artworks


‘Their Indian Eyes’ is a series of six sculptural pieces of silver currently being exhibited in ‘The Faraway Nearby’ exhibition until 13 July 2020.


“To love someone is to put yourself in their place, we say, which is to put yourself in their story, or figure out how to tell yourself their story. Which means that a place is a story and stories are geography, and empathy is first of all an act of imagination, a storyteller’s art, and then a way of travelling from here to there” Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby, P.3


I am inspired by wanderlust! the places I am privileged to visit and the people I meet. These silver tokens came after a recent journey. It was a big trip, an adventure with friends to India’s regions of Ladakh, Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. In August 2019, a month before we were due to set off, the President of India, Narendra Modi, abruptly stripped India’s Muslim majority region of Kashmir of it’s autonomy and locked down its communications with the rest of the world. The middle leg of our journey was severed, but this is not our story. It is the story of every man, woman and child, made silent, and their narratives of difference and sameness.


The Faraway Nearby, Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire, UK

ISOLA, Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire UK

Recollection Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire
UK Pop Up Museum: Swindon College,
Regent Circus collection, Swindon Museum and Gallery, Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Nocturne, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wilts

Skateraw Project, Demarco European Art Foundation, Dunbar, Scotland

Defying Definition, Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire, UK

Venice Agendas / Venice Revisited / ‘Worldly Goods’ Tate Britain, London
MA Express – Wimbledon School of Art, London
MA Selected – Truman Brewery, London
Mirror II Nature – Seven Seven Contemporary, Mile End Art Pavilion, London.
DiploMA – The Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London.

Mirror – Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London.
SPACE – Te Wa, Wanghanui, New Zealand
ING London & Discerning Eye – ING Bank, London

FOLD, The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough College (solo)

September – 2001 April Jerwood Drawing Prize – formerly the Open Drawing Exhibition Cheltenham 2000, Hull and Kunsthalle Sierre, Switzerland
Trace Elements, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Skateraw Project, Demarco European Art Foundation, Dunbar
Five Women Artists, The Mount House Gallery, Marlborough College