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Born in Yorkshire in 1992, Harriet is an Edinburgh based painter and photographer. 


People and the spaces they inhabit are at the core of Harriet’s artistic practice. A body movement, a vulnerable private moment, or the way someone occupies a space often inspires the beginning of a painting. Unspoken communication, emotion, energy and truth are themes prevalent in Harriet’s work. As a survivor of childhood cancer, Harriet is acutely aware of the fragility of the human condition and the subtlety in Harriet’s mark-making suggests a precarious sense of fragility.

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022

21st June - 21st August

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London, UK


Largo Arts Festival

Largo, Fife, UK

16th - 24th July 2022

Scottish Portrait Awards 2022

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Banff

Starting in Edinburgh in September 2022


2022    BBC Radio Scotland, The Afternoon Show, 13 minute interview with Janice Forsyth re Bones

                Sunday Post feature by Jan Patience

2021    Sky Portrait Artist of the Year Season 8, Episode 4

                Review of Portrait Artist of the Year on blog Making a Mark

2019    Blogpost by Vivien Devlin

2018    Mention in blog Roaring Water Bay Journal

2017    Winkball video interview at The Other Art Fair


2022   Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022 (invited artist) London, UK

               Mythical Political,  Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline, Fife, UK

               Bones (solo show),  Wasps South Block, Glasgow, UK

2021   Splint, studio of David Mach RA, London, UK

               Figurative Art Now, Federation of British Artists / Mall Galleries (online)

               SSA Contemporary Figures, Scottish Society of Artists (online)

               Harriet Selka artist in residence, Mayvn, 127 George Street, Edinburgh, UK

               Screen Test, Wasps Artist Studios (online)

               Paint MattersESOP, The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, London, UK

2020   Harriet Selka Mini Exhibition at Jessica Buckley Interiors, Edinburgh, UK

               Harvest with West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, Ireland

2019   Fresh Zest (Solo Show), Pop Up Edinburgh, 17 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, UK

               Into the Woods, with West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, Ireland
               Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019, Piano Nobile Kings Place, London, UK

2018   Scottish Portrait Awards 2018, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh and Glasgow, UK

               Under Shelter with West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, Ireland

2017   Inscape, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
               Scottish Portrait Awards 2017, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh, UK

               The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK

               RSA Open 2017, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
               West Cork History Festival, Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland

2016   RSA Open Exhibition 2016, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

               Harriet Selka, The Barn, Spencertown, NY, USA

               space: dependent on the mind/ independent of time, 3 Ada Road, London, UK

2015   ex, blip blip blip, East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, Leeds, UK

               Upstairs @ Blue House, Blue House Gallery, Schull, West Cork, Ireland

               Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, UK


2022   Scottish Portrait Awards, selected artist

2020   The Essential School of Painting Scholarship, awarded for The Bigger Picture

2019   Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, selected artist
2018   Scottish Portrait Awards, selected artist
2017   Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award, winner

               Scottish Portrait Awards, selected artist

2015   Astaire Art Prize, Edinburgh College of Art, shortlisted


2020 – 2021   The Essential School of Painting, London

                                The Bigger Picture (Post-graduate)

2012 – 2015   Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

                                BA (Hons) Painting

2011 – 2012   Leeds College of Art
                                Foundation Diploma in Art & Design