About
 

I was born in London into a seemingly conventional family. We lived in Nottinghill, which as a child in the sixties was a brilliant, bohemian and exciting place to be. My parents were extremely supportive of the arts and encouraged every aspect from acting to drumming to clay sculpture. In the basement of our house there was a large room, in which we were allowed to play havoc . So we painted the walls, made up plays, used plaster of paris and bags of clay (supplied by my mother). In this room we also had a vervet monkey, a bush baby, twenty one white mice and a couple of gerbils. Every Sunday my father would drop me and my brothers and sister at the zoo while he vanished to follow other pursuits. This is when I became immersed in the beauty of animals and birds.

Before going to college I did evening classes with a sculptor called Jean Gibson and this experience gave me the confidence to apply to Art School. I got a first class honours degree at St Martin’s School of Art in 1979. St Martin’s opened my eyes to abstraction, serendipity and spontanaeity. During this time I discovered steel and have never looked back. I enjoy it’s flexibility and strength. It is the material of my choice for the subjects that I want to create. This period was inspirational and explosively creative. I then went on to do an M.A at the Royal College of Art 1980- 1983. Here I received the Special Melchett Award for work in Steel, the Fulham Pottery Award and a travel scholarship to Carrara.

 

I have produced many public and private commissions and am in collections in the US , France, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. A large commission in collaboration with Levitt Bernstein Architects on the redevelopment of the Old Royal Free Hospital in Islington in 1993 won the Europa Nostra Prize. In 1995 I won an award from The Jackson Pollock-Lee Krasner Foundation for work to date.

Artist Statement

My practice as a sculptor is central to my identity. Sculpture allows me to express how I feel and so connect with others and the world around me. It keeps me in touch with my earlier unselfconscious self where the world had a connectedness: the birds to the trees to the sky. It is a way of losing myself in that world again. A world of shapes, light and texture.

One of the biggest influences in my life is a small town in the Pyrenees called Begur. I went there often as a child. I loved the steel balconies and sculptures around me, and spent many hours in a forge in the small town of Palafrugell, watching the blacksmith. From an early age I could see that steel could speak and create a feeling of drama and beauty. I still return there often and this area and landscape informs my practice as a sculptor.

Last year and this year I have been working on two large commissions for a development north of Chelmsford. I worked at Benson Sedgwick Engineering in Dagenham with their team to produce seven large deer, two stags and five does. Three are already installed and the next four will be installed on December 10th (Please see current projects) Following on from this I have been artist in residence at Bensons in Dagenham. I have been using scrap bronze and scrap stainless steel from their bins and skips. It has been an exciting challenge learning to tig weld and use both bronze and stainless steel. The new work is largely abstract but with the feel of landscape: the feel of rivers, wind, sea and mountains. I am also exploring using colour with these pieces. I want the work to be informal, loose and bold.

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Jane Ackroyd MA RCA FRBS

Education

1975-1979

St Martin’s School of Art: BA Honours First Class

1980-1983
Royal College of Art: Master of Arts Sculpture

 

Awards

2015-2016 
Artist in Residence, Benson Sedgwick Engineering, Dagenham, UK

2010
The Oppenheimer Award

1995   
The Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner Foundation Award

1992   
The Europa Nostra Prize

1983   
Fulham Pottery Award

1983   
Special Melchett Award for work in Steel 

 


Solo Exhibitions

2019
Chantegrenouille, The Lund Gallery, University College School, London

 

2015  
New Work, Winton Avenue, London   

 

2012  
New Sculpture, New Hall Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Clyde & Co, International Law Firm

 

2011  
Adventures y Conclusiones, El Centro Cultural, Begur, Catalunia, Spain

 

2007  
Running Wild in The Tea Room, The Royal Geographical Society

 

2004  
Celebration Exhibition, Lynne Slattery, Whitgelands, Chelsea, London

 

1997  
Major Retrospective, Provost’s Garden, Worcester College, Oxford

 

1991  
Solo Show, Anderson O’Day, Portobello Road, London

 

1989  
Solo Show, Anderson O’Day, Portobello Road, London

 

1986  
Solo Show, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

Group Exhibitions

2022
Fresh Air Sculpture, Quenington

2021Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors, London

2020-2021
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London

 

2019-2020
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London

 

2018-2019     
Criminal Ornamentation, UK travelling Exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester; Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter; Longside Gallery, Wakefield; Southampton Art Gallery

 

2019                
Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

Parallel Lines, Lightbox Gallery, Woking

Summer Exhibitionat, The Royal Society of Sculptors, selected by Greville Worthington

 

2012
Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy and also in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2000, 1995-1998 

Bongo Beep, The Forge and Foundry, Camden, London

 

2010 Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central: also in 2003, 2007, 2008

 

2009  From The Same Mould, Toucan Gallery, London

 

2008 Skill and Serendipity, Kingsgate Gallery, London

1998 British Figurative Art, Flowers East, London

 

1995 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

 

1996 The Royal West of England Academy: also in 1993

 

1986 Anti Thesis, Angela Flowers

 

1984 Recent Acquisitions, Arts Council of Great Britain
 

 

Major Commissions

2019    
Wyvern, Burgess Hill, Sussex, Croudace

El Garbi, Bronze Sculpture, Private Client

 

2018   
Hop Stringers, Maidstone, Kent, Croudace

 

2017   
Palamos, Commissioned for Madame Poutrel, Normandy, France

 

2016   
Spring Watch, Countryside Plc., Beaulieu, Chelmsford, UK

 

2015   
Autumn Watch, Countryside Plc., Beaulieu, Chelmsford, UK

Memorial gate for Lesley Silver, Maida Vale, London

Bird Wall for Coteford Infant School

Los Balcons, Catalunia, Spain

 

2012   
Frog Family, Dominic Orr, California

John Donne, St Paul’s Cathedral, short listed

Amber and Jade, Dominic Orr, California

 

2008
Duma, Private Client

 

2006
Gate for Selina Lo, California

 

1998   
Sheep for Victoria Wood

 

1994   
Herring Gull, London Docklands Development Corporation, London Docklands

 

1992   
Architectural Steel work, Old Royal Free Development , Islington, London

 

1992   
Moonlight Ramble, Haymarket, London, Land Securities

 

1985   
The Little Prince, Greater Manchester Council

 

Numerous private commissions completed between 1983-2016

 


Public Commissions

 

The Arts Council of Great Britain
The Contemporary Arts Society
London Docklands Development Corporation
Greater Manchester Council
The Harlow Arts Trust
Leicestershire Education Society
Lloyds Bank
Peterborough Development Corporation
The European Bank for Reconstruction
The King’s Fund


Private Collections

Many Private Collections in the UK, USA, France and Switzerland