Alice Wilson (*1982) is a London based artist who works in a variety of mediums, her practice has developed through an engagement with participatory processes and negotiations of site. She uses residencies as a way to gain distance and make space for the unknown in her work, with a significant opportunity being realised through funding from the British Council to make and exhibit work in Aarhus, Denmark during 2018. She teaches at University of the Arts London. Exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally, the relationship to space and place is of increasing importance and consideration.
PgCert Academic Practice, University of the Arts London. 2021 - present
MA Fine Art, 2009 - 2011.Wimbledon College of Art, UAL.
BA Honour Fine Art, 1st Class, 2002-2005.Loughborough University School of Art and Design.
Associate Lecturer, Camberwell, UAL. Foundation Course, University of the Art London (UAL) 2019 - present
On Site and Online delivery
Visiting Lecturer, Winchester University, 2020-21
Visiting Lecturer, University of Brighton, Painting BA, 2020
Associate Lecturer, London College of Communication, UAL. MA Illlustration and Visual Media, 2020-21
Visiting Lecturer, West Kent University, Tonbridge, 2019-20
Awards and Bursaries
2021 Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy (due for ratification Nov 2021)
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
2021 A Mild Epiphany On My Bike, domobaal
2019 Talking Heads, Stone Space, London, with Tash Khan.
ISLAND, JGM Gallery, London.
Gated Community, Glass Cloud Gallery, London.
2018 Goat Moth, Godsbanen, Denmark.
2017 Alice Wilson, DOLPH, London.
Cheap Laughs, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London.
2015 From a few different angles, ArtLacuna space, London.
2011 Alice Wilson Photographs, St Georges Art Gallery, Tooting, London.
2008 Daily Landscapes, Boat of Garten, Scotland, with Ralph Anderson.
Residencies + Collaborative Projects
2022 IMA Intermission Museum of Art in collaboration with Slovenian artist Neja Tomšič on a project that will be shared online through the museum in early 2022, a real life presentation will take place later in the year, consolidating the work of 4 collaborations. IMA is a project developed by John Ros (New York) and Rose van Mierlo (Deventer) intermission museum of art (ima) was founded in 2020 in response to the cultural, social, environmental, economic and political fissures that make themselves evermore present during times of crisis and put stress on accepted systems of operation. ima provides a space for critical thinkers to respond to these moments of friction by investigating them as meaningful sites of production, instigating dialogues which will culminate in a public archive; collaborative responses will be organised around themes, and though they exist on their own (as editions), they coexist as larger ideas (in volumes).
2021 Hogchester Arts, West Dorset, (postponed due to coronavirus) rescheduled for November 2021.
2019 - present Talking Heads, an ongoing conversation in sculpture with artist Tash Kahn
2018 British Arts Council Residency, Aarhus, Denmark.
2017 Merz Barn, supported by DOLPH and the Littoral Arts Trust, Cumbria, UK.
2015 Hospitalfield House Interdisciplinary Residency, Arbroath, Scotland.
2021 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.
2020 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.
2019 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.
2018 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.
2017 PIAF, Peckham International Art Fair, represented by ASC Gallery, London.
Window Sill, curated by Karen David, The Griffin Gallery, Perimeter Space, London.
2016 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.
2014 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.
2013 First come first served, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London.
Pop Up Print Show, Art Lacuna, London.
Paper Nautilus, Nautilus Press, London.
2012 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.
2011 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.
2009 Deutsche Post Bank, London.
2007 Viewing Club, Hats Plus, Kings Cross, London.
Viewing Club, Secession Wichtelgasse, Vienna, Austria.
2006 One Year Later, La Viande Gallery, London.
Viewing Club, Henkel Stuben, Berlin, Germany.
2005 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.
Professional Development + Training
arts award assessor training 2017
engage International Conference. A Different Game: Young people working with art and artists 19th-20th November 2015 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall I attended this years engage international conference to catch up with colleagues working in gallery education and to take part in the exciting programme of events, as well as visiting sessions at the Tramway, Glasgow Women’s Library, WASP Studios, Project Ability and GENERATION.
engage Summer School July 2014 I presented on the ethics of volunteering as part of a 3 day residential programme at Falmouth School of Art discussing Ethics in Gallery Education. engage is a membership organisation representing gallery, art and education professionals in the UK and over 20 countries worldwide. engage promotes access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts through gallery education.
Casting in Plaster and Concrete, London Sculpture Workshop, June 2015
2 day course investigating the aesthetic and conceptual abilities of mould construction and casting in plaster and concrete.
World Textiles, Felting and Batik. Creative Education, January 2015. 1 day course pratising skills in felt making and batik with contextualisation of the processes given through the origins of each process.
Welding for Artists, London Sculpture Workshop, October 2014. 3 day course for artists working with metal, I did this to push forward a project exhibitied at Art Lacuna and to further improve my welding skills.
First Aider at Work, July 2015 - 3 Day St Johns Ambulance course. Tuition in how to preserves life in an emergency and tend to a variety of injuries. I have mainteined this qualification since 2008 and most recently completed training renewal in July 2015.
Fire Marshall, September 2015. Safe evacuation of a building in the case of fire.
Design and Technology Association Trained, September 2013. A qualification in the safe practise and tuition of welding, braising and woodwork techniques to secondary school pupils, due for renewal in September 2017.
Senior Technician Management Training. June 2009 How to manage others in an educational environment.
Teacher of Art Club and Gallery Society St Paul’s Girls’ School, September 2012 - October 2016 Art Club is a 2 hour after school workshop for 11-13 year olds deveoping skills and introducing materials; we cover topics from illustration to tie-dye. Gallery Society is a weekly session for 13-15 year olds intended to develop pupils contextual awareness of art. Whilst still developing skills pupils are asked to consider the purpose and function of art. Once every 5 weeks our session is spent visiting a gallery.
Assistant Educational Development Programme Co-ordinator, Hackney Wicked Arts Festival, March 2013 - September 2014 For two festivals I worked on the educational development programme for Hackney Wicked Arts Festival. In 2013 this was in the role of programmer and facilitator, in 2014 I obtained funding to realise frame a participatory project which attempted to share my practice with visitors to the festival through a series of framing devices that allowed the public to record what they wished through tracing the surroundings.
Senior Art Technician, part-time, St Paul’s Girls’ School, September 2009 - October 2016
Here I am responsible for the one to one tuition of technical skills to GCSE and A-level students and the supervision and instruction of junior school students in their initial introduction to workshop machinery.