Edward Allington

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Edward Allington
Edward Allington, early 1990s, image courtesy of the Edward Allington estate.jpg
Allington in early 1990s
Edward Thomas Allington

(1951-06-24)24 June 1951
Died21 September 2017(2017-09-21) (aged 66)
EducationLancaster College of Art, Central School of Art and Design, Royal College of Art

Edward Thomas Allington (24 June 1951 – 21 September 2017)[1] was a British artist and sculptor, best known for his part in the 1980s New British Sculpture movement.[2]

Born at Troutbeck Bridge, Westmorland, to Ralph Allington and his wife, Evelyn,[3] Allington studied at Lancaster College of Art from 1968 to 1971, at the Central School of Art and Design in London from 1971 to 1974[4] and at the Royal College of Art from 1983 to 1984. He was a fellow at Exeter College of Art and Design 1975–77. He won the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Prize in 1989, was Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at University of Leeds 1991–93 and Research Fellow in Sculpture at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1993. He received a fine art award to work at the British School at Rome in 1997.

Deluxe vase made whilst a fellow at Exeter College of Art and Design in 1976

His work was included in the group exhibition 'Objects and Sculpture' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1981 and 'The Sculpture Show' at The Hayward Gallery 1983. He exhibited widely in America, Japan and Europe.[5]

Allington's work was influenced by his interest in the classical world of Greece and Rome and often included references to architectural details and ancient artefacts.[6] His illusionistic drawings were often created on found ledgers and used oblique projection.[7] He exhibited in museums and art galleries throughout the world and is represented in major national and international collections.[8] Allington lived and worked in London and was a Professor and Head of Graduate Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art[9], University College London.

Edward Allington's sculpture "Tilted Vase" in the centre of Ramsbottom

Major collections[edit]

Public works[edit]


  • Edward Allington. (1983). Edward Allington: Drawing towards sculpture. Lisson Gallery.
  • Edward Allington. (1984). In Pursuit of Savage Luxury. Midland Group.
  • Edward Allington. (1985). Edward Allington: Bronzes & drawings. Lisson Gallery London. ISBN 978-0947830038.
  • Edward Allington. (1999). Method for Sorting Cows: Essays 1993–97. Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Art. ISBN 978-1900756037.
  • Edward Allington. (2003). Edward Allington Site Projects. Bury Art Gallery & Museum. ISBN 978-0953891528.
  • Edward Allington. (2005). Re Views: Artists and Public Space. Black Dog Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1904772200.


  1. ^ "EDWARD ALLINGTON 24 June 1951 – 21 September 2017". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Edward Allington (1951 – )". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ Volley, Jo (6 November 2017). "Edward Allington obituary". the Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ Henry Meyric Hughes (2002). Blast to freeze: British art in the 20th century. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz; New York: Distributed Art Publishers. ISBN 9783775712484. p. 328. Retrieved August 2013.
  5. ^ Edward Allington | 21ST CENTURY BRITISH SCULPTURE Archived 15 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Edward Allington". Archived from the original on 1 April 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Jesus College, Cambridge. Archived 1 April 2007.
  7. ^ "Edward Allington". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  8. ^ art49.com – Exhibitions Calendar for modern and contemporary art in London Archived 11 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "The Slade School of Fine Art: Prof Edward Allington". University College London. 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  10. ^ Tate Collection | Ideal Standard Forms by Edward Allington
  11. ^ "Fallen Pediment (Piano) by Edward Allington | CASS Sculpture Foundation". sculpture.org.uk. 2013. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  12. ^ Wyke, Terry (2004). Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester. Liverpool University Press. p. 265. ISBN 0-85323-567-8.
  13. ^ "Tilted Vase". Public Monument and Sculpture Association. Retrieved 3 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Artpoint: Projects
  15. ^ UCLH Internet – New developments – New University College Hospital – Slade art programme

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