Anna Reading British, b. 1987


Anna Reading is a London based artist working in sculpture, performance, drawing and text. Her work celebrates growth and material accumulation. Using modified grotto techniques, she combines aggregates, such as oyster shells surplus from pearl farming, wooden chip-forks and lumps of asphalt extracted from road surfaces. The sculptures appear as relics from an unknown future, existing in between the organic and the synthetic. Taking inspiration from the harsh but abundant ecologies of coastal landscapes, the works appear populated by marine accretions. Rooted in experiences of human vulnerability and exposure, her work foregrounds forms of shelter, synthesis and regeneration within the organic world.


After graduating from MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art in 2017, she was selected as a Bloomberg New Contemporaries Artist in 2018, which toured Liverpool Biennial and South London Gallery. During 2017 she was an Artist in Residence at Hong Kong Baptist University. She held the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018-2019.


Her recent solo exhibition The Pothole, toured the UK to Standpoint Gallery, London (2019), Cross Lane Projects, Kendal (2019) and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre (2020). She is currently showing as part of Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer. Her work Flock was presented on the Broadway Plinth in Letchworth Garden City in 2019. Recent group shows include Five Hides, curated by ThorpStavri and Snails For Eyes, at Kingsgate Project Space, London (2019). Two person shows include Shell Shelter and Raven Ravine, at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London (2019) and POND, Kaitak Gallery, Hong Kong (2017).