I am an artist based between Scotland and London working in a variety of mediums, teaching at University of the Arts London, University of East London and at MASS, part of the Turps education programme.
My practice has developed through an engagement with participatory processes and negotiations of site. I’ve identified the use of residencies as a way to gain distance and make space for the unknown in my work, with significant opportunities being realised through funding from the British Council and Arts Council England to make and exhibit work in Aarhus, Denmark during 2018 and Merz Barn Cumbria, 2017. Exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally, my solo exhibition A Mild Epiphany On My Bike at domobaal gallery, London, ran from Sept 2021 to February 2022 and this year I presented the solo exhibition one hundred and eighty-nine at 303 Projects, Lowestoft, UK. Other recent exhibitions include New Forms at the Saatchi Gallery, London, September 2022, Ghostly Matters a collaboration with Slovenian artists Neja Tomšič, The Contact Layer at Pictura, Montreal, Canada, December 2020 and Painting and Other Bad Habits at Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark, 2018.
Most recently I installed two significant sculptures as part of Mumbai Gallery Weekend in central Mumbai as part of an exhibition curated by Charlie Levine and realised by SqW LAB.
MA Academic Practice, University of the Arts London. 2022 - present
PgCert Academic Practice, Distinction, University of the Arts London. 2021 -2022
MA Fine Art,Wimbledon College of Art, UAL, 2009-2011.
BA Honours Fine Art Painting, 1st Class, Loughborough University School of Art and Design, 2002-2005.
Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art Painting, Camberwell, UAL, 2022 - present
MASS course mentor, 2021- present
Lecturer (HPL), BA Fine Art, University of East London, 2021 - present
Associate Lecturer, Painting Specialism, CCW, Foundation Course, UAL, 2019 - present
Associate Lecturer, London College of Communication, UAL. MA Illustration and Visual Media. 2021-present
Visiting Lecturer, Winchester University, 2020-21
Visiting Lecturer, University of Brighton, Painting BA, 2020
Visiting Lecturer, West Kent University, Tonbridge, 2019-20
Awards and Bursaries
2021 Fellow Higher Education Academy
2020 Arts Council England Emergency Support Fund.
2018 British Council International Development Funding for year long project in Aarhus, Denmark.
2015 Wandsworth Council Arts and Culture Grant.
2014 Arts Council England Grant for the Arts.
Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
one hundred and eighty-nine, 303 Projects, Lowestoft, UK, July 2022
Ghostly Matters with Neja Tomšič, Intermission Museum of Art, online exhibition Jan - Feb 2022
A Mild Epiphany On My Bike, domobaal gallery, London, UK, Sept 2021 - Feb 2022
Talking Heads, two person exhibition with Tash Kahn, Stonespace, London, UK, November 2019
ISLAND, JGM Gallery, London, UK, September 2019
Gated Community, Glass Cloud Gallery, London, UK, August 2019
Goat Moth, Godsbaden, Aarhus, Denmark, November 2018
Alice Wilson, DOLPH, London, UK, September 2017
Cheap Laughs, The Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, UK, May 2017
From a few different angles, Artlacuna, London, UK, April 2015
Residencies + Collaborative Projects
CoLab, Body and Place Drawing Residency, 2022
I was invited to attend this amazing residential opportunity alongside Alison Wilding and LR Vandy.
Body and Place is an ongoing series of drawing residencies which take the model outside the confines of the life room, in order to free drawing from life from its staid surroundings and to breathe new life into it. By placing the body within three distinct contexts: historic collections of drawings, the landscape of a private estate and contemporary architecture, harnessing the skill and passion of the best tutors and confronting them with artists of all disciplines and all stages of their career who do not habitually draw or draw from life creates a ‘still nourishing effect’ on the artists’ practice.
IMA Intermission Museum of Art, 2022
A collaboration with Slovenian artist Neja Tomšič presented as an online exhibition in early 2022, the work is being presented in a publication to be launched at platform art fair Greece in november 2022. We are also currently working on a film that documents our process and conversation, with the ambition that this will be presented in Greece also. IMA is a project set up by curator and writer Rose Van Mierlo (Deventer, Holland) and Artist and Academic John Ros (New York, USA)
Hogchester Arts November 2020
A residency set in rural West Dorset. The Artist Residency Programme offers opportunities for artists to stay and work within the immersive environment of Hogchester and to respond to its unique history and varied, ancient landscape.
Aarhus, 2018 - British Council Artists International Development Fund
A month long residential stay during May 2018 at Godsbaden in Aarhus, Denmark. Culminating in the installation of work in Riis Skov (a Forest) for the duration of Film i Skoven, a young persons film festival set in the forest. Followed by a return visit for a solo exhibition at Godsbanen in November 2018. Funded by The British Council.
Talking Heads, 2019
An ongoing collaboration with artist Tash Kahn, we respond to each others making in a 3D conversation, the first 10 elements of this conversation were presented in an exhibition at Stone Space, London in November 2019. We are currently approaching 20 visual responses at which point we will exhibit the work again. The project is documented through instagram.
Merz Barn, 2017, funded by DOLPH projects through Arts Council England
A month at Kurt Schwitters final Merz Barn in Cumbria. I was given this opportunity by the artist-led project DOLPH, with landscape as a influence/medium in my practice DOLPH situated me in that influence in order to respond to their brief for an exhibition with them in Septemebr 2017. Funded by Arts Council England.
Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Residency, 2015
I was selected for this residency from an application which cited my ambition to consolidate ideas I had been developing over the previous two years, examining links between my educational work, participatory projects and studio practice. The residency itself is aimed at those working across the arts and designed to develop dialogue with others through shared studio spaces, mealtimes and living together. I used the time to write about developments in my practice, subsequently published as a case study with engage - the national association for gallery education
Twenty Nineteen, curated by Neil Zackiewicz, Campbell Works, London.
Rip+Run, curated by Cedric Christie and Pascal Rousson, at They Come They Sit They Go, London.
KK Trove, curated by Charlie Levine at SqW: Lab, Mumbai.
New Forms Saatchi Gallery in collaboration with FOLD Gallery, London.
Fulgurance, curated by Martin Gayford, ASC Gallery, London.
Horizon curated by Alexander Hinks, Cello Factory, London.
I Celebrate Myself, curated by Darren O’brien & Giorgios Mavridis, Lambeth County Court, London.
Julie's Bob curated by Julia Warr, Terrace Gallery, November, London, UK
Thank you and I mean that very very sincerely, 303 Projects, Lowestoft, UK.
MASS Saatchi Gallery, London.
The Museum in Residence, curated by Lizi Sanchez and Martin Cordiano, Southwark Cathedral, London.
The Contact Layer, curated by Ian Gonczarow and Painting at the End of the World as part of Pictura Fesitval, Montreal, Canada.
The Collectors Room, curated by Karen David, JGM Gallery, London.
Backyard Sculpture, curated by David Gates and Neil Gall, domobaal, London.
Modern Finance, curated by Howard Dyke and Playpaint, Thames Side Gallery, London.
HABITAT Artists Making Furniture or Things That Could Be Confused As Furniture, JGM Gallery, London, curated by Alice Wilson and Dominic Beattie.
Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
Cheeseburn Sculpture Park, Northumberland, UK.
Harder Edge, Saatchi Gallery, London.
Painting and Other Bad Habits, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark.
Harder Edge, curated by Dominic Beattie, The Hospital Club, London.
The Waiting Room, curated by Karen David, Wimbledon Space, London.
Surface, JGM Gallery, London.
Recreational Grounds, curated by Fiona Grady and Tim Ralston, London.
Do Re Me So Fa La Te, curated by Karen David, The Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, London.
PIAF, Peckham International Art Fair, represented by ASC Gallery, London.
Window Sill, curated by Karen David, The Griffin Gallery, Perimeter Space, London.
30 degrees celsius, ASC Gallery, Taplow House, London.
Counter Fitters, curated by Sasha Bowles, Evy Jokhova and Rosalind Davis at Geddes Gallery, Kings Cross, London.
Acts of Searching Closely, ASC Gallery, London.
Pick and Mix, Mother Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
A5 at Art Athena, Athens, Lubomirov-Easton, Greece.
Water Aid Print,100 print Edition sold to raise money for Water Aid.
First come first served, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London.
Pop Up Print Show, Art Lacuna, London.
Paper Nautilus, Nautilus Press, London.
Flatland, curated by Laura Hensser, Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton, UK.
The Tourist, Boat Hotel, Inverness-shire, Scotland.
Still, curated by Laura Hensser, Old College Library, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.
Same Place Different Faces, IG Gallery, London.
Jealous Art Print Prize, London, shortlisted.
Futura Bold/Futura Oblique, curated by Julia Alvarez and Juan Bolivar, Nunnery Gallery, London.
Wimbledon MA Degree Show, London.
Monster, 242 Gallery, London.
I Swore I Sore, Nunnery Gallery, London.
Deutsche Post Bank, London.
Viewing Club, Hats Plus, Kings Cross, London.
Viewing Club, Secession Wichtelgasse, Vienna, Austria.
One Year Later, La Viande Gallery, London.
Viewing Club, Henkel Stuben, Berlin, Germany.
Viewing Club, The Uxbridge Arms, London.
Warsaw Project Space, Manchester, UK.
New Graduates, La Viande Gallery, London.
Commissions and Participatory Projects
Artist for The National Maritime Museum - Documenting Deptford Project, part of the Endeavour Programme, 2016-17
The project is formed of 3 study days, delivered by Ben Weddell from the National Maritime. For each study day I have designed a creative response.
The project is working towards a 3D gallery outcome that will be presented in the new Tudor and Stuarts Seafarers Gallery due to open in 2018. From the work produced with pupils I will fabricate an object that will communicate what the pupils would like to relay about their understanding of Deptford's place in history and as well as communicating something of their lives in Deptford now.
Saatchi Gallery Schools Programme, 2016-17
Artist on the Jack Petchey Start Programme with Children and the Arts and The Saatchi Gallery 2016-17
An exciting project with 4 other artists; Maru Rojas, Sadie Edington, Andrew Kerr and Amy Leung. With support and direction from Head of Education at the Saatchi Gallery Rozenn Logan
The broad aim of the project is to introduce high quality contemporary art to students in a way that is inspiriing, engaging and challenging.
Parasol unit contemporary art foundation is a not-for-profit art institution that operates purely for the public benefit, as part of the educational programme run by Lala Thorpe I have designed and will deliver a workshop this July and a larger participatory project in October.
Primary school workshop in response to Ran Begum Exhibition.
Installing an interactive drawing sculpture and working with a variety of groups as part of The Big Draw 2016
A programme of workshops in collaboration with ASC Gallery and 2InSpire - a local community facility on the Aylesbury Estate, Walworth. Using the exhibition of paintings by Rae Hicks at ASC gallery as a starting point, the group made drawings from the paintings and from the local area. Working together to generate a collaborative wall based painting
that has the potential to be translated into a permanent mural in the local area.
Building Dens as part of the Summer programme at the gallery. Making dens with some of the younger visitors to the gallery and library, in habiting the forum space between the gallery and library. The dens will remain in place for a few weeks and young visitors will be encouraged to use them as spaces to read, draw, paint or just be, they have ownership of their dens and so will dictate their use.
Project 45 Bute Gardens, 2016. I identified a flat set for demolition and secured its use for a 2 month project, I worked with nine 14 year olds devising and installing work in the blank canvas of 45 Bute Gardens.
frame workshops delivered as part of the opening of Yellow Pavillion, a community centre at Wembley Park, October 2015 I ran an open drop in session for local schools and communities at the opening celebration of this community centre. It was a new environment for me as the project was entrely funded by Quintain, the property developers responsible for Wembley Park in collaboration with Hunt and Gather anparticipatory arts collective.
frame as part of Open Open, Swiss Cottage Gallery, Camden, August 2015 I ran a series of workshops, using the concept from frame to engage visitors to the gallery in drawing and looking. Open Open is an open call exhbition which allows amateurs and professionals to bring work along and hang it. In response to this the drawings that were made by participants over the exhibition were projected on to a wall in the gallery and traced in place, creating a collaborative artwork which grew throughout the exhibition.
Arts and Culture Grant from Wandsworth Council. March 2015
Awarded to deliver frame workshops to Falconbrook Primary School, culminating in a visit to my solo exhibition at Art Lacuna project space with the intention of developing a long term engagement with the school and Art Lacuna space.
Artescape Workshops, January 2015
Lala Thorpe, Director of Artescape asked me to be a visitng Artist for Artescape. Lala had seen my project frame and wanted me to run a session with 2 groups of ‘Artescapers’.
frame. August 2014
Arts Council England Grant for the Arts - Community Unification Project
I received funding to realise my participatory project frame at the 2014 Hackney WickED Arts Festival, London. www.frame-alicewilson.org frame is a project which began by developing the concept of using my own artistic practice as a tool to engage with others. A large structure consisting of frames in various sizes was constructed to provide viewfinders for the surrounding area of Hackney Wick. Various drawing methods were available to the public, the most popular was the provision of an individual framing device through which the paricipant could trace the landscape directly on to acetate, acting like a manual camera the frame had a perspex centre which supported the acetate and drawing. This project has been a catalyst to my practice and research in the time since.
Figure Ground, August 2014 interviewed as part of the artists group Figure Ground’s investigation into particpatory arts, material is to be documented for upcoming exhibition.
Commission for Sing London, October 2013 I was commissioned to make a museum object that would describe the importance of the ball-bearing which was displayed in the educational exhibition The Travelling Museum of British Invention.