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Alison Wilding

Alison Wilding Floodlight

Floodlight 2001, Cast acrylic and carbon 110 x 220 x 170mm
Image courtesy Karsten Schubert, London


Alison Wilding’s practice probes the vexed, oblique spaces between subject and object, often using unsettling, but precisely assembled combinations of forms and materials that allude to the potentiality of language, but then evade its grasp.

An important and influential contributor to contemporary sculpture since the late1970s, she was born in1948 in Blackburn, Lancashire, studied at Nottingham College of Art from 1967 to 1968, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Bromley, Kent from 1968 to 1971 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1971 to 1973.

Wilding’s first major solo exhibition was held at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1985. Projects, her first international solo show, was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1987. A retrospective exhibition, Alison Wilding: Immersion – Sculpture from Ten Years, was held at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool in 1991. She has since exhibited extensively throughout the world in solo and group shows.

Wilding was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1992 and received a Henry Moore Fellowship for The British School at Rome in 1998. Her public sculpture commissions include the installation of Ambit, River Wear, Sunderland, in 1999. Alison Wilding was elected RA in 1999 and lives and works in London.

Selected Exhibitions

2008
2006
2009
2005
2000-1
2000
1998-9
1998
2005
2005
1997
2005
1996
1991

Karsten Schubert, London
Rupert Wace Ancient Art, London
North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex
Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
Henry Moore Foundation Studio, Dean Clough, Halifax
New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
Artranspennine ‘98: Chapel of St John the Evangelist, Skipton Castle,
Skipton, Yorkshire
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
The Orangery, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire
Abbot Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Kendal
Musée des Beaux-Arts et Dentelles de Calais, Calais
Tate Gallery, Liverpool
Henry Moore Sculpture Trust Studio, Dean Clough, Halifax

Public Collections


Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, Tate Britain, FRAC Pay de la Loire (France), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), Scottish National Gallery, Musée de Beaux Arts, Calais (France), Graves Art Gallery Sheffield, Leeds City Art Gallery, Henry Moore Institute, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Kendal




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