Sokari Douglas Camp

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Sokari Douglas Camp CBE (born 1958 in Nigeria) is an artist who has had exhibitions all over the world and was the recipient of a bursary from the Henry Moore Foundation. She was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2005 Birthday Honours list.[1]


Camp was born in Buguma, Nigeria, a Kalabari town in the Niger Delta. She was raised by her brother-in-law, the anthropologist Robin Horton. She studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California (1979–80), earned her BA degree at the Central School of Art and Design (1980–83), London, and her MA from the Royal College of Art (1983–86).

Her work is predominately sculpted in steel and characteristically takes inspiration from her Kalabari heritage, as well as drawing on other aspects of African culture. She has worked with the Smithsonian and the British Museum. Her work is in their permanent collections. Her sculptures are held in other museum collections in Europe, Britain and Japan and in private collections throughout the world. She has exhibited internationally in galleries, including in Austria, Britain, Cuba, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Sicily, South Africa, Spain, the USA. Among her notable solo shows are Spirits in Steel — The Art of the Kalabari Masquerade at the American Museum of Natural History, New York (1998-1999); and Imagined Steel at The Lowry Arts Centre, Manchester, which toured to the Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno; Brewery Art Centre, Cirencester; and Derby Museum and Art Gallery (2002–2003). In 2005 she collaborated with Ground Force Ground Force to create work for the Africa Garden at the British Museum, as part of the UK-wide Africa 05 Festival.

She has been awarded many commissions for public memorial sculptures, most notably the "Living Memorial" to Ken Saro-Wiwa. In 2003 her proposal NO-O-War No-O-War-R was shortlisted for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.[2][3]

Camp is married to the architect Alan Camp and has lived in London for many years.


  • 1981 Amy Sadur Friedlander Prize
  • 1982 Saatchi & Saatchi Award
  • 1983 Princess of Wales Scholarship and Henry Moore Foundation bursary
  • 2000 Commonwealth
  • 2005 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • 2006 Honorary Fellow of the University of the Arts London


A 2006 photograph of Sokari Douglas Camp by Sal Idriss is part of the National Portrait Gallery collection.[4] A 2009 terracotta was exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2013[5] as part of the Sculpture Series Heads - Contributors to British Sculpture.[6]


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