Born in 80s London, Celeste Bell spent a part of her childhood with her mother, punk-icon Poly Styrene in George Harrison’s Hare Krishna commune in Hertfordshire and her early adolescence in Brixton, South London. As a young adult Celeste spent several years living in Madrid where she worked as a teacher and fronted a ska-punk band, Debutant Disco. After her mother passed away in 2011, Celeste became the custodian and manager of her mother’s artistic estate and archive, and after a brief stint in Barcelona to complete a master’s degree in Political Philosophy, Celeste returned to London to work on a book and film project documenting Poly Styrene’s life and work. The book, Day Glo: The Poly Styrene Story was co-authored by Zoe Howe and published in March, 2019 by Omnibus Press. The documentary film I Am A Clichè, which Celeste is co-directing alongside Paul Sng, is still in production. In 2019, Celeste co-curated an exhibition of the first viewing of the Poly Styrene archive, titled Identity: A Poly Styrene Retrospective at the 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning gallery in Brixton. Celeste is currently working on an exhibition tour, with exhibitions in the pipe-line for Los Angeles and New York. Besides working on the documentary film and exhibition tour, Celeste continues to work as an educator in the Further Education sector and is currently developing a book and television project focused on new religious movements.
Bell, C. & Howe, Z. (2019). Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story. London: Label Omnibus.
Bell, C. (2017). My mum, the punk pioneer: Poly Styrene’s daughter remembers the X-Ray Spex leader. The Guardian. 2017/apr/28. Disponível: https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2017/apr/28/my-mum-the-punk-pioneer-poly-styrenes-daughter-remembers-the-x-ray-spex-leader