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Alice Cunningham

Alice Cunningham is a visual artist with a diverse practice working with a breadth of materials, renowned for her sculptural carvings and work in social engagement. Alice is equally passionate about concept and materiality in her artwork. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally.

In 2018 she was selected by the contemporary art curator of The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg to represent the UK in a Europe-wide project, which opened in Italy in Oct 2018. Alice was commissioned to create a new public artwork for Vittorio Veneto, a city in Northern Italy to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

In 2017, Alice was commissioned to create a large-scale new integrated public art piece in Stoke On Trent dealing with issues surrounding the housing crisis.

In 2015, she was selected for a residency in Italy to carve marble in the quarry Michelangelo established. In 2015 Alice also had her first solo exhibition at the Royal Society of Sculptors, London and was nominated the following year to be on the board of the Society.

In 2014, winning a commission to take part in the “Art, Cities, Landscape” project in Amiens, France, Alice worked with a landscape designer to transform an island in the River Somme, creating interactive permanent public sculptures within a landscaped garden.

Alice recently finished a project with the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. Working under the self-elected title What does climate change look like? In 2019 she undertook a six-month residency in the department. Meeting with scientists researching this topic. The project culminated in a solo exhibition of new artworks.

“My fascination with people and our material engagement with the world around us makes me endeavor to create work that is as inclusive as possible. I am interested in ways of communicating, the ways we interact with and understand our surroundings and the idea of disrupting the aesthetics of this in order to create interesting dialogue and challenge perceptions”

Works

Stone Sculptures

Each of these sculptures is a completely unique one off. Original sculpture made from specialist rocks.

Two Dimensional

Sculpture- mixed media

CV

  • Fine Art MA (Distinction) University of Wales (2013-2015 )
  • B.A. Hons Fine Art Sculpture University of Brighton, (2003-2006)
  • Art and Design Foundation University of Bath Spa, (2001-2002)

  • 2018 What does Climate change look like? School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol
  • 2015 Royal Society of Sculptors

  • 2019 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • 2018 When Peace Erupts, Vittorio Veneto, Italy
  • 2018 Rules of Freedom, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
  • 2017 Let By, Stoke, Stoke on Trent
  • 2017 Brink, Marlybone, London
  • 2014 Art, Cities, Landscape, Amiens France
  • 2013 A change of heart, Leicester University Sculpture Gardens
  • 2013 Lines 2013, The Srand Gallery, London
  • 2013 Show#1, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London
  • 2013 Something Special, Blackall Studios, London
  • 2012 Sculpture Show, Construction Gallery, Tooting, London
  • 2012 Show your face, Cultivate, Vyner St, London
  • 2011 ‘What To Dip’ CMU Art Museum, University of Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 2011 Helen Keller International Art Award, Glasgow
  • 2010 UKYoung Artists, Derby
  • 2010 Melt, Mile End Pavilion, London
  • 2010 Copy0909, Notting Hill, London
  • 2010 Zapatero a tus Zapatos, Factoria Dell Barco, Seville, Spain
  • 2010 Hackney Wicked, Main Yard Gallery, Hackney Wick, London
  • 2009 Kinetic, The Royal British Sculpture Society, Kensington, London
  • 2009 The Way, The Changing Room Gallery, Walthamstow, London
  • 2008 The Dispossessed, Battersea Arts Centre, London
  • 2008 Slow, Edward Cullinan Architects, Islington London
  • 2008 Considered Matter, Mid Pennine Arts, Burnley, Manchester
  • 2007 Second Skin, Red Gate Gallery, Brixton, London
  • 2007 Rockston Artists, Rockston Studios, Lusaka, Zambia
  • 2007 The Third Space, The Regency Town House, Hove, Sussex
  • 2007 Bursary Awards, The Royal British Sculpture Society, London
  • 2006 The Graduates, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucester
  • 2006 Tag, The Permanent Gallery, Brighton

  • 2019           Visiting Lecturer at Chichester University working with BA, MA art students.
  • 2019            Public tours of Bristol Museum art collection in collaboration with lead curator
  • 2016-2019 Elected Trustee Board Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors
  • 2019           Devising and running art classes at primary and secondary schools, Bristol
  • 2019           Visiting Artist/Lecturer at University of Bristol.
  • 2019           Public art workshop for families for Yate Council, Yate.
  • 2018           Visiting Lecturer at Bath Spa University. (BA, MA art students)
  • 2018           Visiting Lecturer at University of Bristol History of Art department.
  • 2017           Leading adult workshops, Estorick Collection, London
  • 2016           Visiting Lecturer at UAL, London. (BA Hons, MA and PHD students)
  • 2016           Artist assistant to Dominic Welch. Stone carving and installation.
  • 2013-2016 Project Manager Forest Recycling Project, delivering public artworks London
  • 2015           Visiting Lecturer at Coleg Sir Gar, Wales, Fine Art BA.Hons students
  • 2014           Visiting Lecturer at Regents University, Landscape Design course.
  • 2010-2013 Community Engagement Officer, Forest Recycling Project, London
  • 2011          Environmental sculpture workshops, various councils, East London
  • 2010          Technician, Laure Genillard Gallery, London.
  • 2008-2009 Project Manager and Craftswoman for Based Upon, London
  • 2008           Artist Assistant to Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • 2008           Artist Assistant to Rob Olins. Sculpture Factory, Bow, London
  • 2008           Artist Assistant Sofie Layton, Kensington Palace, London.
  • 2007          Delivering art workshops, NGO Zambia, Africa
  • 2007          Teaching Applied Art and Design, GCSE, Falmer High School, Brighton
  • 2007          Outdoor Workshop Leader, community/environmental sculpture, Sussex

  • 2019   Exceptional Artwork, RWA, Bristol, awarded an exhibition in 2020.
  • 2012  Groundwork London, Transform funding for environmental art in public spaces
  • 2010 Shortlisted to represent the UK in the first UK Young Artists Biennale in Europe
  • 2010 The Leonardo Da Vinci Scholarship, Seville, Spain
  • 2008 Arts Council/ SEEDA Award to AKA (an artists and architects collective)
  • 2007 Royal British Sculpture Society Bursary Award
  • 2006 ‘Highly Commended Degree Show’ Nagoya University of Arts, Japan

  • 2018 Curator of Hermitage, Russia commissioned a new permanent public artwork in Italy.
  • 2017 Site-specific public artwork with integrated outreach program in Stoke on Trent, UK
  • 2014 Permanent artwork. Art, Cites, Landscape, Maison Du La Culture, Amiens, France
  • 2011 Site-specific installation, Hoxton Art Gallery, London, UK
  • 2010 Large scale, permanent outdoor sculpture, Private Commission, Leicester UK
  • 2007 Major commission in Ulster Hospital, Ireland

  • 2017 University of Bristol, Earth Sciences department, UK
  • 2014 The Brian Mercer Stone-Carving Residency, Pietrasanta, Italy
  • 2012 Vermont Studio Centre, USA
  • 2007 Rockston Studios (a member of the Triangle Arts Trust) Zambia Africa
  • 2009 Shortlisted for the Irish Museum of Modern art Residency, Dublin, Ireland