Biography

Alison_CrowtherCrowther, Alison

Born

1965, Keighley West Yorkshire

Region

Arts Council England South East

 

 

 Disciplines

Sculpture, furniture

Work Made

Sculpture, furniture and objects for mainly outdoors

Materials used

Unseasoned English oak, other indigenous hardwoods

Techniques used

Hand carving, initially chainsawing and arborteching

Artist Statement

I am inspired by simple organic or geometric forms, and then work using integral features in the wood such as medullary rays and grain to carve a tactile, textured surface.

Artist Profile

My workshop/studio can be visited by appointment
I am able to give talks
I have experience of teaching crafts
I employ workshop assistants
I am happy to respond to student enquiries

Training

1987 – 1989 Royal College of Art
1984 – 1987 Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education
1983 – 1984 Bradford & Ilkley Community College

Awards

2007 Individual artist’s grant, Arts Council England
2000 Research Award, Kingston University
1999 Bursary, Southern Arts, Regional Arts Board

Selected Articles

Crafts Magazine Jul/Aug 2007, The Conquest of Space, p. 35-39
Daily Telegraph Sat June 7 2003. Front page Gardening Section
Crafts Magazine Jan/Feb 2001,Commissions: Prior’s Court School Thatcham,Gardens Illustrated June 2001 p 17-19

Books

The New Garden, by John Brooks, Dorling Kindersley, 1998
The Art of Priors Court School, The Stephanie Shirley Collection, 2002
Garden Design Details by Arne Maynard, Conran Octopus, 2004
1000 designs for the garden, by Geraldine and Ian Rudge, Laurence King 2011
Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions, by Ann Elliott
Published by: Canary Wharf Group Plc
Pages: 58,63,168,169,176,177

Selected Exhibitions

2012 May – Chelsea Flower Show – Laurent-Perrier Bicentennial Show Garden,garden designed by Arne Maynard
2011 Collect, New Saatchi Galleries, London
2010 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, Cork St., London
2009 Collect, New Saatchi Galleries, London
2008 The Ripple Effect Lobby, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf
2007 Inside Outside Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2005 Collect Victoria and Albert Museum, London, organised by the Crafts Council
2004 Secret Garden Sheffield Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK
2003 Overground Contemporary Sculpture in Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf. 5 Exhibitors including David Nash and Peter Randall-Page
2002 The Unexpected Too Sotheby’s New York, New York City, USA.

 

Selected Commissions

2012 Braka Bench– Private Commission for a garden designed by Dan Pearson
Rothschild Benches– Rothschild Foundation, Waddeston, Bucks
Pod 1 and Mapping – Sheraton Hotel Main Lobby, Guangzhou, China
2011 Nut and Corylus, Fidelity Investments, Tonbridge
2010 Oscillation Benches and Fragment Modules, Fidelity Investments
2008 Riverbed and Kissing Bench II Swire Properties, Hong Kong
2008 Skipping Seats Romsey Primary School
2007 Plestor Bench West Liss Common, Hampshire. Hampshire County Council.
2006 3 Large Sculptural Pieces Swire Properties Ltd., Pacific Place, Hong Kong.
2006 Modular Benches The Cass Foundation, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex.
2001 Spiral Bench Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vinyard MA, USA ( private commissions )
1999 Winding Bench, Linford Wood, Essex., Essex Wildlife Trust
1996 5 Pews the Silkstede Chapel, Winchester Cathedral

 

Collections

2008 Canary Wharf Group Ltd., 1 Canada Sq, Canary Wharf
2000 The Dame Stephanie Shirley Collection, Priors Court School, Thatcham, West Berkshire
1999 Chatsworth Park, Derbyshire, Lover’s Seat

Availability of work

By commission
From exhibitions
From maker’s studio

Retail outlets (check with outlet for current availability)

Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy St, London ,W1T 1DD. www.caa.org.uk
Flow, 1-5 Needham Road Notting Hill, London, W11 2RP, 020 7243 0782,www.flowgallery.co.uk
The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex.www.sculpture.org.uk
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey.www.hannahpescharsculpture.com
The New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, SP5 1BG, 01980 862244. www.sculpture.uk.com