Brenda was born in East London and at the age of 16 gained a
scholarship to study for three years at the South West Essex
School of Art, followed by three years at the Slade School, London
University where she was awarded the Slade Diploma in Fine Art.
Joan Thewsey she founded Five Women Artists Plus, (5WAP) in 1981.
Since then she has gained an Open University BA degree in Social
she was awarded a B.Sc (Hons) degree in psychology as a mature
student at University College London.