Alison Wilding

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Alison Wilding RA (born 7 July 1948)[1] is an English sculptor.


Born in Blackburn in Lancashire,[2] Wilding studied at the Nottingham College of Art, the Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in Chislehurst[3] and, from 1970 to 1973, the Royal College of Art in London. She rose to prominence around the late 1970s.

Wilding's early works are multi-media installations,[4] but she is best known for her later abstract sculptures which use a wide variety of materials: as well as traditional materials such as wood, stone and bronze, she has used steel, wax, silk and other materials. These are often used in unusual combinations: Stormy Weather (1987), for example, is made from pigment, beeswax and oil rubbed into galvanised steel.

In 1991, a major retrospective of Wilding's work, Alison Wilding: Immersion – Sculpture from Ten Years, was held at Tate Liverpool. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1992, and made a Royal Academician in 1999.[5] Her only large-scale public artwork "Ambit" was installed in the River Wear at Sunderland in 1999, taking the form of a necklace of stainless-steel tubes floting in the river, and lit up from underwater at night. It was subsequently exhibited in the Manchester Ship Canal and is now in storage.

Wilding won a Paul Hamlyn award in 2008.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Alison Wilding [2018], the first critical survey of Wilding's work, published by Lund Humphries and edited by Jo Applin and Briony Fer. [7]
  • Alison Wilding: Art School Drawings from the 1960s and 70s [2011], published by Ridinghouse to coincide with her exhibition of the same title at Karsten Schubert, London (9 June - 29 July 2011). Karsten Schubert is the artist's main agent.[8]
  • Alison Wilding: Tracking [2008], featuring essays by Judy Collins, Sam Porritt and Rod Mengham. Published by Ridinghouse.[9]


  1. ^ Royal Academy of Arts: Alison Wilding RA | Artist | Royal Academy of Arts, accessdate: 29/08/2014
  2. ^ Barnett, Laura (2014). "Alison Wilding, sculptor – portrait of the artist | Art and design | The Guardian". Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Alison Wilding | Tate". 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Alison Wilding | CASS Sculpture Foundation". 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  5. ^ "BBC - Archive - British Sculptors - Five Sculptors | Alison Wilding". 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Alison Wilding (The University of Manchester)". 2014. Archived from the original on 2013-09-19. Retrieved 22 March 2014. won a Paul Hamlyn award in 2008
  7. ^ "Alison Wilding". Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Alison Wilding: Art School Drawings from the 1960s and 70s". Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Alison Wilding: Tracking". Ridinghouse. Retrieved 5 August 2012.

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