Alison Wilding

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    Alison Wilding, Crate 3, 2001 Gouache, inks and charcoal on paper, 55.5 x 76 cm © Alison Wilding 2013. All rights reserved. Courtesy of the artist and Karsten Schubert, London

Born 1948 Blackburn, Alison Wilding lives and works in London. Graduated from Nottingham College of Art (1967); Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (1970); and Royal College of Art (1973).

Wilding makes abstract sculpture. She is known for the wide range of both materials and processes she employs, as well as her ability to work at the extremes of scale: from a hand held object to all but monumental sculpture. Wilding came to prominence in the 1980's as one of a group of sculptors including Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg, and her first major solo exhibition was at the Serpentine Gallery in 1985. 

Her work is held in public and private collections including Arts Council of Great Britain, London; British Council Collection, London; British Museum, London; Le Fonds régional d'art contemporain, Pays de la Loire; and Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

Selected solo exhibitions include Mesmer, Again, Room 2, 46 Lexington St,  London (2021); Alison Wilding: Right Here, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea (2018); Acanthus, Asymmetrically, Offer Waterman, London (2017); Alison Wilding, Arena Redux, Art House Foundation, London (2016); Alison Wilding, Tate Britain, London (2013); Alison Wilding: Drawing, ‘Drone 1–10’, Karsten Schubert, London (2012); and Alison Wilding: How the Land Lies, New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury (2011). Selected group exhibitions include 250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018); Sculpture as Object, Duveens BP Collection Display, Tate Britain, London (2016); Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015); Drawing: Sculpture, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (2012); The Thought of Stuff, RBS Galleries, London (2010); and Core, Betty Cunningham Gallery, New York (2009). Her work is held in public and private collections including the British Museum, London; Tate, London; Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; and the Musée de Beaux Arts, Calais. Public commissions include Migrant for Snape Maltings (2004); Shimmy, 10 New Burlington Street, London (2013); and Herm, Rathbone Place, London (2018); and Still Water, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas (2018). 

Awards include nomination for the Turner Prize (1988 and 1992); election to the Royal Academy (1999); Henry Moore Fellowship at the British School at Rome (1998); Joanna Drew Travel Bursary (2007); Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2008); and Bryan Robertson Award (2012). Wilding was made OBE in 2019. 

Last updated: 30.03.2021

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