Anna Reading British, b. 1987

Overview

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).

 

 

Exhibitions
Works
Biography

ANNA READING

 

Born: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. 1987

Lives and works: London, UK. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

2015-2017  MFA Fine Art, Distinction, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

2007-2010  BA Fine Art, First Class Hons, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London

2006-2007  Foundation, Art and Design, Chelsea College, University of the Arts London

 

SELECTED SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS

2021  The Auguries, Informality Gallery. Henley on Thames, UK. Duo show with Diane Chappalley

2020  The Pothole, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

2019  Flock, The Broadway Plinth, Broadway Studio Gallery, Letchworth Garden City

2019  The Pothole, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, Standpoint Gallery, London, touring to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal 

2019  Shell Shelter and Raven Ravine, The Bomb Fcatory Art foundation, London. Duo show with Pallas Citreon

2017  POND, Kaitak Gallery, HKBU, Hong Kong. Duo show with Diane Chappalley

2017  Sequin In The Dustrag, Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark. Collaboration with Justine Melford-Colegate

2015  Eat With Your Eyes, LEM Gallery. Collaboration with Justine Melford-Colegate

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021  The Plot, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, Brooke Bennington

2020  Five Hides, Manor Place Baths, London. Curated by Thorp Stavri

2020  CONTACT, World of Fad Instagram. Curated by Thorp Stavri 

2019  Snails for Eyes, Kingsgate Projects, London. Curated by Eleanor Davies

2019  Sugar Mountain, The Silver Building, London. Curated by Thorp Stavri. 

2019  Amalgamation, The Cello Factory, London. Curated by Alex Hinks. 

2019  Every Thing, Assembly Point, London

2018  Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, Liverpool Biennial and South London Gallery 

2018  A Field Guide to Getting Lost, TAF, Athens

2018  Consistently Inconsistent, Kelder Projects, London

2018  Inside Job, Tate Modern, Level 6, London

2018  Cloud Concrete, Unit 1 Gallery, London. Curated by Stacie McCormick 

2018  Rotating Edible Object, Chalton Gallery, London

2017  A Study in Stone, Tarpey Gallery, Derby. Collaboration with Soraya Smithson

2017  Loop, Lubomirov/Angus Hughes, London

2017  Woah, M I L K at Division of Labour, London

2017  Object 77B, LG London, London

2017 Authentic Tongues, Performance, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

2016  Holding The Vessel, The Chopping Block, London

2016  Forwards: Backwards, Casa de Dona Laura, Lisbon 

2016  And To Dust All Return, UNNAWAY, Huddersfield

2015  Creekside Open 2015, APT Gallery, London

 

AWARDS 

2019 The Elephant Trust Grant 

2018  Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018-2019

2018  Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 Artist 

2015-2017 Siva-Finestone Scholarship 

2016  Red Mansion Prize

2015  Creekside Open Award 2015 

 

RESIDENCIES AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2021  Young artist Programme Lead Artist. A.C.A.V.A. Co-creation project for 7-11 year olds during Summer term

2020  Artist in Residence, Orbis Conservation Ltd. 

2019  Artist Talk, Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, November

2017  Artist in Residence, Academy for Visual Arts, Hong Kong, August-October

2017  Artist Lecture, Academy for Visual Arts, Hong Kong, September

2017  Artist in Residence, Slade School of Fine Art Summer School, London, August 

 

PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

2020  Anxious Objects, Sculpture Magazine, May-June 2020, p 62-69

2020  Sculptors on Sculpture, Interview, April 2020

2020  Isolation Interviews, Brooke Benington Gallery, April 2020

2020  Shuttered: Short Reflections on Closed Exhibitions, Corridor 8, March 2020

2020  Artist Proof Podcast, Episode 7, February 2020

2019  Who’s Afraid of the Great Outdoors?, Article by Elizabeth Fullerton, Elephant Magazine Online, December 2019 

2019  Article on The Pothole, The Westmorland Gazette, December 2019 

2019  Boundary Online Studio Visits, Interview, April 2019

2019  The Pothole, editioned Risograph publication

2019  The Hand of the Maker, Interview, Sculptorvox Magazine, Vol 3, p. 148 – 157

2019  Whelks, feature, Ambit 234, p 67-75

2018  Catalogue, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, MTSA Announcement, Art Newsletter Online, May 2018