Shelagh Wakely

Shelagh Wakely (b. 1932, Madingley – 2011, London). Wakely initially studied agriculture, but turned to the arts, studying painting and screen-printing at Chelsea College of Art 1958-1962. A further research fellowship at the Royal College of Art 1968-1971 led Wakely to sculpture. She would become a pioneer of installation art – her practice characterized by her delicate, sensitive approach, often using organic materials that were inclined to deteriorate. Wakely was a fellow at the British School at Rome in 1991. Major solo exhibitions were held at the the Serpentine Gallery, London (1977), at the ICA, London (1979), IKON Gallery, Birmingham (1992), Museu do Acude, Rio de Janeiro (1993), South London Gallery, London (1994), Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, 2010, and Camden Arts Centre, London (2014). In her later years, Wakely undertook many architectural commissions in the UK and abroad, including the mosaic for the southern porch of the Royal Albert Hall, London (2001), and the Marunouchi Building, Tokyo (2002). Public collections include The Henry Moore Trust, British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Arts Council Collection.


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