Approved: 16.08.2006

Antonia Spowers

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
My work as an environmental sculptor has explored themes of continuity and energy. There is an increasing focus on water in all its aspects, behaviour, altered states and symbolism and an interest in sustainable energy for kinetic work. The water theme has led to the exploration of new materials - glass, both cast and blown, perspex and stainless steel. 'Glass Mountain' combines materials

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  • Location: Brecon, Wales
  • Activities: Primary education, Residencies, Workshops, Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Drawing, Environment, Glass, Installation, Sculpture
  • Tags: Paperworks, Landscape, Water, Drawing, Metalwork, Woodwork, Research, Projects, Archaeology, Mixed media
 

Biography

Concepts My work as an environmental sculptor has explored themes of continuity and energy. There is an increasing focus on water in all its aspects, behaviour, altered states and symbolism and an interest in sustainable energy for kinetic work. The water theme has led to the exploration of new materials - glass, both cast and blown, perspex and stainless steel. 'Glass Mountain' combines materials including 6,000 year old bog oak to suggest the transforming processes in nature. Ideas of continuity and connection and an interest in layers beneath the surface are a direction for new work and conversely I am also exploring themes of disconnection and displacement. Influences Alternative energy, landscape, new physics, ancient cultures/myths, environment/ecology, the human figure, British, White, own gender (female), heterosexual, elements, water. Career path I moved to Wales from London six years ago and have combined exhibiting, commissions and residences in this country and an international sculpture park in Lithuania. The residences have included work with schools, local communities and environmental volunteers. I am starting on a new body of work which will include direct bronze casting from paper forms and casting in acrylic, glass and stainless steel.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2006 - Sculpture and Drawings, Tabernacle Gallery, MOMA Wales, Machynlleth 2002 - Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Southampton (June-August) 2000 - Life of Water, Brecknock Museum 1999 - Theatre Clera, Welshpool 1998 - Interflow, Red House Museum, Christchurch 1998 - Unfolding, Allen Gallery, Alton 1998 - Unfolding, Red House Museum, Christchurch 1996 - October, Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham 1996 - Schumacher College, Dartington, Devon 1996 - Sculpture in Grounds, Roffey Park Management Institute, Horsham, Sussex 1995 - Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park 1995 - Sub Tropical Garden, Battersea Park Group exhibitions 2006 - Change, Washington Gallery, Penarth 2006 - EQUUS: Festival of the Horse, Margam Park, Neath 2006 - Hanji Paper Festival, Jeonju, South Korea 2006 - Hors-Cadre, Landivisiau, Brittany 2006 - Landmarks III, Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite, Cumbria 2006 - Lines and Strata, Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan 2006 - Paperworks, Bury Art Gallery, Bury 2006 - The Future Past, Rhondda Heritage Centre, South Wales 2006 - Young Curators, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2005 - Crossover, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland 2005 - Open Exhibition, South West Academy of Fine Art, Exeter Phoenix 2005 - Summer Exhibition, Garden Gallery, Broughton, Stockbridge 2005 - Triennale Internationale du Papier, Musee de Charmey, Charmey, Switzerland (First time representation for Wales) 2004 - Sculpture, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith 2003 - Christmas Show, West Wales Art Centre, Fishguard 2003 - Northern Horticultural Show, Tatton Park, Knutsford 2003 - Sculpture in Paradise, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester 2002 - Garden Gallery, Broughton 2002 - Welsh Drawing Biennale 2001 - Broomhill Gallery, Barnstaple 2001 - Flower Festival, Covent Garden 2001 - Phoenix Gallery, Exeter 2001 - Tabernacle Gattlery, Macynlleth, MOMA, water 2001 - Walford Mill, Wimborne, paperweight 2000 - Beatrice Royal Gallery 2000 - Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire 2000 - Hilliers Arboretum 2000 - Yew Tree Gallery, Slad, Gloucestershire 1999 - Broomhill Gallery, Barnstaple, Devon 1999 - Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire 1999 - Kilvert Gallery Summer Show, Clyro 1999 - Mythic Garden Exhibition, Stone Farm Gardens, Chagforo, Devon 1998 - Rhyme and Reason, Kilvert Gallery, Clyro 1998 - The Art of Living, Eastnor Castle, Ledbury 1998 - The Call of the Sacred, The Rowan Tree Centre, Erwood 1997 - Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent 1997 - Paperweight Exhibition, Salisbury Museum and Art Gallery 1997 - Stone Farm Gardens, Chagford, Devon 1997 - The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire 1997 - The Walled Garden ar Pigeonsford, Llangranog, Ceredigion 1996 - Art and Engineering, Wallsend 1996 - Blickling Hall, Norfolk 1996 - Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education 1996 - Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire 1996 - Hardcastle Crags Sculpture Trail, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire 1996 - Mount Ephram Gardens, Kent 1996 - North Tyneside Open Exhibition, Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend 1996 - Paperweight Exhibition, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery 1996 - Ragley Hall, Warwickshire 1996 - The Mythic Garden Exhibition, Stone Farm Gardens, Chagford, Devon 1995 - Ragley Hall, Warwickshire 1995 - Westonbirt Arboreturn 1994 - Art Show, Alexandra Palace 1994 - Euro Sculpture, Carhaix, Brittany, France 1994 - Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire 1994 - Newcastle University Gallery