2017     5 Decades of Batik Painting, Gibberd Gallery, Civic Centre, Harlow, Essex

2011      Invited speaker/Exhibition, World Batik Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia

              Artist Residency at Casabianca, Malo, Italy

2009   Exhibition/workshop, Textures Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

2007   Solo exhibition at Dousa Gallery, Krakov, Poland

2005   Exhibition/workshop at the World Batik Conference, Boston, USA

2003   Surface Design Exhibition and Conference/workshop, Aarhus, Denmark

2002    International Batik S.I.B.E. Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

1999     Workshops in Los Angeles, Belgium and Germany

              Lecture and exhibition at 'Batik Gathering' Conference, Gent

1998    'Fukumoto and Dyrenforth' exhibition in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

              Lecture at Kyoto Seiko University

1997     Exhibition and presentation of a paper on 'The Widening Perspective - Batik as an Art Medium',

              World Batik Exhibition and Conference, Indonesia

              Guizhou International Batik seminar and exhibition, Guizhou, China  

1996     Solo Exhibition at Galerie Smend, Cologne. Workshops in Cologne, Delft and Gent

1994     Summer Workshop/Exhibition at Dansk Husflidsselsk AB, Denmark

              Visit to Prague

1993     Coordinated and contributed to the International Exhibition at Edwin's Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

              Solo exhibition at Galerie Smend, Cologne. Workshop/lecture tour Cologne, Delft

1991      Surface Design Conference exhibition, Portland, USA

1990    Participation in International 'Fascinatie Textiel' exhibition, Museum Van Bommel-Van Dam, Holland

              Exhibition and lecture at 'UK Batik Art' at Guizhou University, China (British Council sponsorship); study of tribal batik

1988     Guest artist, Penland College, North Carolina, USA; 'The Language of Batik' lecture and workshops

1985     British Council assisted solo exhibition and lecture at the Institute of Arts, Jogyakarta, Indonesia

1984     Lecture and exhibition at 'Batik International', Galerie Smend, Cologne, Germany

1982     Study/travel/workshops and solo exhibition in Tokyo, Japan; lecture at the British Council, Kyoto

1978     6-month artist residency Melbourne, Australia; Arts Council exhibition; touring workshops

              Study/travel/workshops in India and Indonesia

1977     CAC Bursary - study/travel/workshops in the USA; solo exhibition in Los Angeles







international events

Born in London in 1936. Studied drawing, textiles and ceramic sculpture at Central School of Art, Goldsmiths College and University of London. Worked with the batik technique since 1962. Exhibits and teaches internationally - China, Japan, US, Europe, Australia, Indonesia and South America.

solo and major exhibitions


curriculum vitae


2014    North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

2013    Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London

2011     Batik World Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia

             'Focus Showcase', CAA Gallery, London

2009  'Looking Forward: The Future of European Batik', Textures Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

2008  'Textile Berlin', Germany

2007   'Noel Dyrenforth', Dousa Gallery, Krakov, Poland

2006   'Batik Transitions from Classic to Contemporary', UK Tour

              'Retrospective', Galerie Smend, Cologne, Germany

2005   'Layered Meaning', Brant Gallery, Boston, USA

2003   Surface Design Exhibition and Conference, Aarhus, Denmark

2002   International Batik S.I.B.E. Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

2001    'Takhta', Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland

2000   Miniature Batiks, Berlin State Library, Germany

1999     'Now and Then', Gent International Batik Exhibition, Belgium

1998     Fukumoto and Dyrenforth, Studio COM, Kyoto, Japan and Sambikiya Gallery Tokyo

1997     World Batik Exhibition and Conference, Guizhou, China and Jogyakarta, Indonesia

1996     'Anticipation', Galerie Smend, Cologne, Germany

1994     'Colour into Cloth', Crafts Council, London

1993     Galerie Smend, Cologne, Germany

              'New Departures', International Wax Resist Art, Edwin's Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

1991      'Perspective on the Rim', Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, USA

1990    International Fascinatie Textile Exhibition, Museum Van Bommel-Van Dam, Venlo, Holland

              Miao Tribe Batik plus 5 English artists, Guizhou, China

1988    Galerie Smend, Cologne, Germany

1985     Anatol Orient Gallery, London

               Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1984     Rye Gallery, Rye, England

              Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England

1982     Tohrindo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1981      Hella Buhner Galerie, Bremen, Germany

              Prescote Gallery, Banbury, England

1980    Atmosphere Gallery, London

1979     Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England

              'Contemporary Masterpieces', Spinx, Mall Galleries, London

1978     Lincoln Craft Centre, England

              Hull Arts Centre, England

              Halifax Piece Hall, England

              Toorak State College, Melbourne, Australia

              Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

              Ministry for Arts, Melbourne, Australia

1977     Kaplan-Beauman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1976     Oxford Gallery, England

1975     Atmosphere Gallery, London

1973     Gallery 359, Nottingham, England

             'The Craftsman's Art', Victoria and Albert Museum, London

              Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England

1971      Heals Art Gallery, London

              Oxford Gallery, Oxford, England

1970    Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, England

              Lane Gallery, Bradford, England

              Loughborough School of Art, England

1969    Crafts Centre of Great Britain, London

             Heals Art Gallery, London

             The British Modern Crafts Arts Exhibition, Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1967    Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London

1965    Primavera Gallery, Cambridge, England


Over 130 exhibitions worldwide





1997     International Conference and Exhibition, GB/China Educational Trust

1990    UK exhibition in Guizhou, China, The British Council

1985    Solo Exhibition in Indonesia, The British Council

1978    Artist in Residence, Melbourne, Australian Arts Council

1977     Bursary, Crafts Advisory Committee

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne University, Australia

Bradford City Art Gallery, England

Crafts Council, London

Toorak State College, Melbourne, Australia

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Guizhou Museum, Guiyang, China

Warwick University, England

46 works in various colleges in the UK

Private collections in the USA, UK, China, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Europe


2006     'Art Textiles of the World GB3', Telos Publications

2003     'Batik - Modern Concepts and Techniques', Noel Dyrenforth, B.T. Batsford, London

1997       'The Technique of Batik', Noel Dyrenforth, B.T. Batsford, London. Reissued as paperback

1989       'The Technique of Batik', Noel Dyrenforth, B.T. Batsford, London

1975        'Batik with Noel Dyrenforth', John Houston, Orbis Publishing Co., London


1978      Melbourne, Australian Arts Council. 6 months

2011       Malo, Italy. May 2011

2012      Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic,. June 2012

2013      Gmunden, Austria. September 2013