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Alison Shanks curriculum vitae
Career to date

Since September 2015 I have been living in Siracusa, Sicily and working in my studio (which I share with two pet turkeys!). I am now experimenting with using a selection of the local Italian earthenware clays: white, black and terracotta.

I completed an artist residency in Denmark at the Guldaggersgard Ceramic Research Centre in the first two months of 2015 where I experimented with different firing techniques and exhibited new work with fellow artists there at Project Network II. We will collaborate in future international events.

From the completion of my MA to the end of June 2014 I was working and exhibiting from my studio at West Loft Studios in Shoreham, West Sussex, U.K.

I returned to education in 2007 to complete a BA Ceramics degree at Bath Spa University and since this time I have become entranced with sculpture again. I also completed, in September 2013, my MA in which I received distinction.

I have exhibited nationally and internationally and have work in several private collections. My work has moved on to also incorporate other materials including steel. In my life I have lived, worked and exhibited in many different countries - many people would argue that todays world is best captured not in one place or another but in the traffic between them and the ‘butterfly effect’ of the resulting human interactions. The art world, having evolved into a global industry, is of course implicated in that traffic.

Edward Lorenz’s chaos theory derives the name of the “butterfly effect” from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation in the Atlantic being contingent on a butterfly in the Brazilian rainforest flapping its wings several weeks earlier. My ambition is to create this effect by leaving behind knowledge, contacts, techniques, ideas, sculptures and concepts at each port of call in my life. The accent is on authenticity, chance encounters and the exchange of knowledge.

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
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