Global Harbor Hyatt Commission Installed


Model for Global Harbor Hyatt, Shanghai

Design for Global Harbor Hyatt Shanghai, 2017

The sculptures Alison designed for Global Harbor Hyatt, in Shanghai, have been produced and installed by UAP. The artwork was fabricated at Mr Xu’s wood workshop in Shanghai where they produce heritage pieces for temples alongside contemporary art work. Images courtesy of Rez Zou Design.

Global Harbor Hyatt Shanghai, UAP

Fresh Air 2017 Quenington

Fresh Air 2017: Pod I & II

Alison Crowther is returning to FRESH AIR 2017, the biennial sculpture exhibition held at The Old Rectory in Quenington, Gloucestershire. Alison will be exhibiting Pod I & Pod II which were carved from an acacia tree that fell in The Old Rectory Garden. The recycled forms will be exhibited meters from where the tree originally stood.

The Fresh Air Sculpture Show runs from the 11th June – 2nd July.

Homes & Gardens Feature

Homes & Gardens April feature SS17 Trends

Two small hand carved sculptures from Alison’s scorched series were included in Homes & Gardens April edition in an article titled 2017 TrendsYou can see the article in more detail below.

Homes & Gardens April feature SS17 Trends

To see more sculptures from Alison’s scorched series make sure to get to FRESH AIR 2017 at Quenington, where Alison’s ‘Pods‘ will be on show from the 11th June – 2nd July.

Fresh Air 2017 ‘Pod I’ & ‘Pod II’

Rural Refugee Network : 33 Art Sale

Three of Alison’s sculptures from her scorched series will be on sale, alongside many other talented artists, at 33 Art Sale on Thursday 18th May, 18:00 – 21:00 at Bordean House, GU32 1EP.

33 Art Sale is a fundraising exhibition hosted by the Rural Refuge Network, who help Syrian refugees resettle into rural communities in Hampshire and Sussex. 33% of the sale price goes directly to the charity. The following three sculptures will be up for grabs!

Close to the Heart, 2015

Without Heart II, 2015

After Hepworth II, 2015

You can follow the Rural Refugee Network on…

Instagram: @33ArtSale

Twitter: @33ArtSale

Facebook: 33 Art Sale

If you aren’t already, make sure to follow @alisoncrowther on Instagram for an insight into the day to day goings on in the studio.

Scale Tree

The design and texture for The Scale Tree have been approved by Visual Arts Projects and the Chinese client so we are ready to get started on the full size sculpture. The Scale Tree is going to be 5m high with a diameter of 1.5m. Hand carved from unseasoned English oak sourced from Leconfield Estate, 20mins from Alison Crowther Studio.

Alison carving the Scale Tree model

Scale Tree vertical model

Alison carving Scale Tree texture

Once completed, The Scale Tree will sit vertically inside the entrance lobby of a building in Shenzhen Bay. Two smaller sculptures, titled Scale Tree II and Scale Tree III, will be placed at the opposite side the entrance lobby. Phil, Gareth and Guy have been preparing the pieces in the workshop ready to start carving.

Guy carving The Scale Tree texture sample

Phil and Gareth at the workshop

Gareth arborteching

We received the 6m oak log weighing over 10 tonne, from Leconfield Estate, for The Scale Tree at the workshop today!

The Scale Tree – Unseasoned English Oak

UAP Shanghai

Urban Art Projects are producing a couple of Alison’s designs to be placed at the Global Harbor Hyatt in Shanghai. Alison was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to fly out to Shanghai this week to see UAP’s set up and check on the fabrication process.

UAP metal working workshop

UAP collaborate with artists, designers and architects to produce public art works. They have some very exciting upcoming projects including work with the architecture firm Zaha Hadid and they were in the process of fabricating, Australian artist, Lindy Lee’s mesmerising, stainless steel sculptures while Alison was there.

Alison and Mr Xu carving

Chinese carving chisels

Lunch in Mr Xu’s workshop

Alison had the opportunity to work in Mr Xu’s wood workshop while in Shanghai, during which they were able to exchange knowledge and carving techniques. Mr Xu’s workshop is full of incredibly talented woodworkers producing heritage pieces for temples alongside contemporary art work. The trip to Shanghai has been inspiring and we’re very excited for the next stages in the project!

Model produced at Alison Crowther studio for UAP

Global Harbor Hyatt – watch this space!

Fresh Air Sculpture Show 2017

We will be back at the Fresh Air Sculpture Show in June 2017. The sculpture show is set in the stunning gardens at the Old Rectory, in Quenington. Earlier in the year, an acacia tree fell at the Old Rectory and we have recycled the tree to create two entirely new pieces for this year’s show. The resurrected forms will be exhibited meters from where the tree originally stood.

We had a lot of fun charring the sculptures which has created a beautiful, silvered, textured finish on the piece. You can see photos of the charring process below.

The Fresh Air Sculpture Show runs from the 11th June – 2nd July. All the artist’s work will be on sale from £50 – £50,000.

Fallen acacia at Quenington

Fallen acacia at Quenington

Acacia burn – Fresh Air Sculpture Show 2017

Acacia burn – Fresh Air Sculpture Show 2017

Acacia burn – Fresh Air Sculpture Show 2017

‘Sculptors 1986 – 2016’ by Anne Purkiss

Anne Purkiss Photography

We are delighted to be included in Anne Purkiss new book titled Sculptors 1986 – 2016. The book is a collection of intimate portraits of sculptors taken over a period of three decades. Some of the artists included are Tony Cragg, David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy. To coincide with the publication of the book Anne has an exhibition opening at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The exhibition is open until 4th June 2017.

Anne Purkiss Yorkshire Sculpture Park Press Release

Urban Art Project

We are excited to be working with Urban Art Projects again, this time at Global Harbor Hyatt in Shanghai. Here is a sneak peak of some of the potential designs to be developed.

Lobby sketches for Global Harbor Hyatt, Shanghai

Lobby sketches for Global Harbor Hyatt, Shanghai











Lobby sculpture for Global Harbor Hyatt Shanghai

In 2011/2012 Urban Art Projects placed hand-crafted benches in Phoenix City, Beijing. Fabricated by UAP in China and designed by Alison Crowther.

Selected to join the Royal British Society of Sculptors

We are delighted to have been selected to join the Royal British Society of Sculptors. The RBS is an independent, artist led organisation that promotes high professional and creative standards among sculptors/artists. All RBS members are established, professional artists who make sculpture as a significant part of their practice, whose work contributes to the language of sculpture and who can demonstrate a high level of expertise, experience and contemporary understanding.

You can find my member portfolio here.