Exhibitions & Testimonials

CO-CREATED DIGITAL & PHISICAL EXHIBITIONS

  • Museum of the Home, London / 'Rhymes Through Time' multi-artwork family trail installation (in collaboration with poet Valerie Bloom MBE (May 2021-)



JOINT DIGITAL & PHISICAL EXHIBITIONS

  • Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Stockton-on-Tees / Site-specific Contemporary Collecting Mural Exhibition Installation Lockdown Legends Exposed (Jul - Oct 2021)

  • St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale / Phoenix Rising Exhibition (19 Jul - 6 Aug 2021)
  • University of Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies / 'Deconstruct: Reconstruct - Turning a 14C Jewish Manuscript into 21C Comic Strips' online (Jun 2020-)
  • Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Festive Art Exhibition' (Oct 2019 - Feb 2020)
  • The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury Museums and Galleries), Canterbury / 'The True Meaning of Christmas' (Nov 2019 - Jan 2020)
  • Candid Arts, London / 'City Life Exhibition' (Oct 2019)
  • University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth / 'Festival of Doctoral Research' (Jun 2019)
  • Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Summer Art Exhibition' (Jun - Sep 2019)
  • The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury Museums and Galleries), Canterbury / 'Beyond War - Visualising Peace: Responding to the Armistice of 1918' (Nov 2018 - Feb 2019)
  • Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Winter Art Exhibition' (Nov 2018 - Jan 2019)
  • Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Summer Art Exhibition' (Jun - Jul 2018)
  • CraftLocker, Travelling exhibition / 'Button It' (Jun - Jul 2018)
  • Candid Arts Trust, London / 'Mixed Media Exhibition' (Apr 2018)
  • UCL Institute of Education, London / 'MA Art and Design in Education Dissertation Exhibition' (May 2016)
  • Middlesex University, The Grove, London / 'On the Beat' (Oct 2015)
  • Bishop’s Stortford Museum, Bishop’s Stortford / ‘WW1 100th Anniversary’ (Aug 2014 - Feb 2015) (National Lottery Heritage Funded)
  • Rowan Arts, Resource for London, London / ‘Mad About Art’ (Apr - Oct 2014)
  • The Arts Cafe, Marbles and Ware Collective / London (Mar - Apr 2014)
  • Middlesex University, The Grove, London / ‘MoDA Arthur Silver Award Winners’ Exhibition (Nov 2013)
  • BAR Gallery, Unit 5 Queens Parade, London / ‘The Stables-In-Exile’ (Sep 2013)
  • St Ia Church, St Ives Sacred Art Exhibition, St Ives / ‘Journeys’ (Sep 2013)
  • 99 Mount Street Gallery, Mayfair, London (Jul 2013)
  • The Old Truman Brewery, London / 'Degree Show' (Jun 2013)
  • The Invisible Line Gallery, Brick Lane, London / ‘London Locations’ (Feb - Mar 2013)
  • The Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London / ‘Sancti Clandestini - Undercover Saints’ (Oct - Nov 2012)
  • Bankside Gallery, London / ‘RE OPEN’ (Aug - Sep 2012)
  • The Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London / ‘The Haunts of the Poets’ (Dec 2011- Jan 2012)
  • Kingsgate Gallery, London / ‘I-Spy Edgware Road’ (Nov 2010)


"Thanks Kremena,

All the work looked amazing and I can’t thank you enough... Arthur Waterman’s family were at the exhibition... they were really moved by your depiction of his story and copies of the book are winging their way across the world to his family as evidence."


Sarah Turner, Museum Curator, Bishop's Stortford Museum

"We don't just do art when having our classes. During every lesson, we actually have a podcast of an inspirational talk."


C and C, students (private Art and Design tuition)

 

"I recently bought a beautiful limited edition print inspired by fairytales from Kremena. Kremena’s creative use of mixed media translates into interesting artistic outcomes unlike other works of art I have come across. I recommend Kremena if you are after a unique piece of Art."


Chariya (private commission)

TESTIMONIALS

Introduction to Visual Culture (Photography), University of Portsmouth

"We in the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Portsmouth were delighted with Kremena's teaching on our first year module, Introduction to Visual Culture (Photography), on techniques and ideas in the historical and critical analysis of imagery. The evaluations of her teaching by the students were excellent and her success as a seminar tutor and lecturer was evident in the originality and commitment to the subject they showed in their essays. As an illustrator and historian herself, Kremena both cultivates students' creative imaginations and helps them to reflect on their own roles and experiences as photography students, clearly integrating the theoretical, historical and practical aspects of their studies. Her feedback is very thorough, precise and rigorous, providing ample and specific guidance to students on how to attain the criteria and expectations that we set."

Dr Marius Kwint (Reader in Visual Culture)


Introduction to Visual Culture (Photography), University of Portsmouth

"Thanks for being such a great and understanding teacher. I feel very confident, happy and comfortable coming to these sessions."

"I've enjoyed being able to be taught by you Kremena."

BA Photography students


"The Festival of Hope worked with Kremena during summer 2020. Kremena displayed excellent collaboration and co-creation skills, working with our Young Producers to develop a Comic Strip about young people’s experience in lockdown. Kremena worked flexibly and efficiently during the project and was able to deliver an amazing final product in a very short space of time. The Young Producers loved Kremena’s friendly nature, making it easy to collaborate and develop ideas. The Producers were also really happy with the final piece of artwork, stating that it surpassed their expectations."

Jonathan Nash, Community and Learning Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council


"In 2020 we commissioned Kremena to create a piece of art inspired by an artefact or manuscript from a collection held at Manchester University’s John Rylands Library. Kremena was thorough in her research and communicated with everyone working on the project regularly. During the process of creating the artwork she wrote weekly blog entries for our website detailing her research and artistic processes. The final artwork she created is a wonderful, complex, vibrant piece consisting of 7 panels that link together perfectly. There is so much detail I discover something new every time I look at it. Everyone working on the 50 Jewish Objects project are thrilled with the final artwork. We look forward to working with Kremena in the future." 

Laura Mitchell, Research Centre Administrator, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester 


"We commissioned Kremena to produce a new exhibition as part of our national commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Throughout the project she was engaging and professional, and undertook extensive research through secondary sources and participatory workshops. The final exhibition exceeded all our expectations and our visitors thoroughly enjoyed the artistry and learning about VJ Day."

"THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN REALLY WELL RECEIVED. IN THE WEEK AFTER VJ DAY, THE EXHIBITION WAS VIEWED BY OVER 3000 PEOPLE WITH A DWELL TIME OVER NEARLY 4 MINUTES (OVER THREE TIMES OUR AVERAGE PAGE DWELL TIME)."

Chris Ansell, Head of Participation and Learning, The National Memorial Arboretum


"I first came across Kremie when she designed some children's books for me at Lonely Planet. Her enthusiasm and sensitivity to each project and determination to develop a style that would be just right for the topic were impressive. Since then she has grown in both her design work and engagement with the world of education - she's a joy to work with and never stops learning."

Mina Patria, Publisher


In 2010 I was contracted by Lonely Planet to design and produce the first titles under their new childrens book imprint Lonely Planet Kids. Kremena Dimitrova was one of three illustrators I commissioned to illustrate a series of childrens sticker books for the range. I was looking for a fresh new style for the artworks and Kremena’s artworks were perfect. She produced some fantastic work and met every deadline with ease. Her work ethic was commendable and she turned around the revises swiftly and accurately. I would recommend Kremena as a professional illustrator and a really nice person to work with.

Bev Speight, Artist, Designer, Author, Educator (Middlesex University)


'Storytelling and Comic Strips' digital workshops for girls aged 15-20 

"Kremie is a thoughtful, accomplished and extremely knowledgeable artist and facilitator. Kremie was able to inspire our group of shy young women, through an online forum, to uncover their creative side in an encouraging and gentle manner. Kremie was able to work with our girls' group who had very limited experience and resources when it came to creating comic strips. She was able to get them to express their creativity through a medium they were not familiar with through themes of identity and their experiences during this pandemic."

Marissa Del Mistro, Programme Co-ordinator, MIDAYE Somali Development Network


'Storytelling and Comic Strips' digital workshops for girls aged 15-20 

"Kremie’s comic workshop was full of contextual information about comics and was wonderful for learning more about comic styles and content. Her advice and suggestions to improve our pieces was really insightful and fostered creativity and thinking outside of the box (such as using text outside of panels)." 

M, 20 years old, workshop participant


The Phoenix Art & Health Project (theme Stress & Anxiety) - Comics & Personal Well-being

"Kremena was just fabulous to work with! She is highly organised and shows a great attention to detail in her ability to organise accessible creative sessions whilst ensuring that everyone she works with connects with each other and the work. She clearly has a passion for comics and illustration which I witnessed spread across our group like wildfire... I genuinely hope we can work with her again."

Sue Flowers, Artistic Director, Green Close


The Phoenix Art & Health Project (theme Stress & Anxiety) - Comics & Personal Well-being

"I thoroughly enjoyed your course! YOU REALLY ARE A SUPER STAR! I have looked further at your work and wow! Super talented and I feel ever so lucky I made time out for me to explore something that took me out of my comfort zone and learnt new ways to explore editing and reducing details and info within my imagery to try my best to make a simplified comic strip!"

Danielle Chappell (Aspinwall), workshop participant


Untold Stories of Burmantofts and New Briggate - community engagement through phone calls and postal packs

"Good morning Kremie,

Hope you are well, and keeping safe. Just to let you know I received the box of projects you sent to me. I found them very interesting and have enjoyed spending time doing them. Just waiting for my granddaughter to do a drawing of me. I don’t recall meeting you, but I can’t be sure, as my memory isn’t what it used to be, so thank you all very much. It’s wonderful to be included in the scheme."

N, Burmantofts Senior Action member


“Dear Kremie, 

Thank you for all the care, patience, help and encouragement throughout the course from beginning to the end… you were there to guide me, you really held my hand for every step. Words can’t describe how lucky I am to have you as my tutor along the way. I have also learnt how to use Photoshop because of you.” 

Bheng, student (Intensive Foundation in Art and Design, Middlesex University) 


"Thank you Kremena. You drew two wonderful cartoons according to my specifications. You didn't know the main characters but caught them perfectly. You worked with me throughout sending me drafts and making amendments, and you were thoroughly professional and patient. The cartoons will make a great gift and I'll certainly contact you again for future commissions."

Ralph (private commission)

 

"Dear Kremena,

Many thanks for drawing a great work of art! In Dublin, Ralph did a great job telling a few stories about Christine, my colleague, and me. He’d even remembered that I once said to him that leading our project felt like trying to keep the frogs in the wheelbarrow, as the Dutch saying goes. You have wonderfully succeeded in visualizing this saying!"

Frans (private commission)


"Dear Kremie,

As you know our daughter commissioned a picture from you, as a Golden Wedding present for us. I just want you to know how thrilled we are with it! We love the way you have depicted the three generations of family members, and how you have introduced meaningful “icons”, some very subtle, others less so(!), of memories & personal quirks. You have inserted them with taste and humour. Every time we look at the picture we see something new. Looking at your work is a true “feel good” experience. Many thanks for a splendid piece of art."

Lesley & Ricky (private commission)


Illustration/collage workshops for families and children, Benjamin Franklin House

"Hello Kremena, 

It was lovely to meet you. I was inspired and encouraged by you. The workshop was so good. What a simple and yet powerful idea. There were so many teaching points… art, history, recycling... great stuff. I had a look at your work. Very talented. Your work is very exciting."

Adora, workshop participant