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Alison Shanks curriculum vitae

I originally come from London, UK but spent some of my youth growing up in Zambia, Africa. I have since lived in many other countries: France, Spain, Ireland, Wales, USA, the west country of the UK, Sardinia and now I am currently living in Sicily, Italy. I like travelling!

I completed my first Degree in Fine Art in London at Hornsey College of Art. Then I had a set design career in the Film and Television Industry. Amongst living in other countries I lived the longest in Colorado, USA where I built a house, married and had two children, returning to the UK when they were very young and working at first as a Greenwood furniture maker, sculptor and a landscape designer.

I returned to full time education in 2007 to gain a degree in Ceramics at Bath Spa University, UK. and then continued to gain a Master of Arts in Ceramics. I then moved to a studio in Shoreham, West Sussex to continue making sculptures and lived on an old sailing boat. I decided to sail around the world to undertake various artists’ residences, initially intending to sail to Brazil where I had been offered a studio, an exhibition and some teaching at a University there but my very old dog found the journey difficult so we turned into the Mediterranean and eventually arrived in Siracusa, Sicily where we eventually bought an old semi-derelict farmhouse and built a studio from which I now work.

My sculptures are in many private collections worldwide. I have exhibited both nationally and internationally.

27/10/1961 Corby, U.K

1981-1984               Hornsey College of Art, London   BA(Hons) Fine Art
2007-2011               Bath Spa University, Bath            BA(Hons) 3D  Design/Ceramics
2011-2013               Bath Spa University, Bath            MA Ceramics
2013   The Gane Trust Award                 Financial award for studio equipment
2011   303 South And West                   Sculpture Award Winner
2011   The Gane Trust Award                 Financial award for studio equipment
2010   The Gane Travel Scholarship       I travelled to Russia to study Puppetry and Contemporary Art


October 2014            “Space Magazine”  Front Cover photograph
March 5th 2013         “500 Prints On Clay”  Lark Publishers, New York. Edited by Paul Wandless
October 2012            “Ceramics at Art School”  Ceramic Review Magazine

Private Collections
                                  Davina Kemble
                                  Bourke de Vies

Exhibitions- Selected Group
June                Lap Ideo, Stallaini, Sicily, Italy

July                Angels, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
June               Lap Ideo Stalliani, Sicily, Italy
March             Moon out of Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

December      Flux Exhibition, RCA, London
February        Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark
January          "9th. Annual Graduate Show", Bevere Gallery, UK

June               "New Designers", London, UK
June               Adur Fringe Festival, West Streeet Studios, Shoreham, UK
May                "A Given Structure", Bath Fringe Festival, Bath, UK
March             "Speculative Future" A-Side B-Side Gallery, London, UK

September      MA Show Bath Spa University, UK

December      “Small”  Black Swan Arts, Frome, UK
October          The Holburne Museum, Bath     Museum intervention installation
February         Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset     Open Arts Competition and Exhibition
January          “Firing Up” Crafts Council, Bath Spa University, Corsham

September     The Gallery, Honiton, Devon
August           The 303 Show, Bath and West Show ground, Somerset
June              "New Designers", The Design Centre, London
May                Bath Spa University Degree Show, Bath

November      Holt Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset

June               Sumidos Gallery, Sitges, Spain

June               “Pick of the New Graduates”, The Royal Academy of Art, London