A London based sculptor, Jessica’s work navigates the blindness of an anthropocentric society where conflicts of natural and artificial, animate and inanimate, technology, machine, body, come in to question. Curious critters appear in surreal landscapes with a sci fi aesthetic that exposes a certain agency as we face the end of the Anthropocene and unravels a potential in the disorientation associated with the loss of the future. Her work is intuitive and playful using a range of everyday materials which are worked in a way that reflects her background in traditional sculpture techniques of modelling, moulding and casting. Jessica is a QEST Scholar and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture 2019. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, if all else fails was a recent solo show in Austin, USA at the end of 2018. In 2019, Wetherly has been selected as the winner of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize and as the bursary award winner at the Royal Society of Sculptors. She has both public and private commissions including a permanent statue in Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth. Jessica has taken part in a number of residencies both in the UK and abroad in 2020 she will be taking part in Wild Biyoo in Goa, Korai Project Space in Nicosia, Cyprus and BilboaArte in the Basque Country.
+ JESSICA WETHERLY
DOB : 19/01/1989
E d u c a t i o n
2017-19 Royal College of Art MA Sculpture Battersea, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4A
2009-13 The Art Academy Fine Art Diploma 164a Borough High Street, London SE1 4HR.
2008-09 Central Saint Martins Foundation in Art and Design Contextual Practice.
E x h i b i t i o n s
2020.4 Emergency, Apex Gallery, Portsmouth.
2020.3 Snakes and Ladders, Black Box Gallery, UCA, Farnham, Kent.
2020.2 LGM-1, The Function Suite, London E15.
2020.1 Wild Biyoo, The Tribe Goa, India
Selection of Previous :
2019.12Worlds Between, Pill Box, Farnham, Kent.
2019.9 Through the Looking Glass, Lumen Gallery x Ugly Duck, London SE1.
2019.7 Pete the Monkey, Dieppe, France
2019.6 SHOW, Royal College of Art Kensington, London .
2019.5 National Sculpture Prize, Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, Devon, UK
2019.4 Testing Ground, Hockney Gallery, London W7.
2019.3 Dirty Hands and Revelations, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton Square E1
2019.3 Dare to know, Dyson Gallery, London SW11.
2019.2 The Petting Zoo, Hockney Gallery, London W7.
2019.1 Merz-hibition, Courtyard Gallery, London W7.
2018.12 If all else fails, Fieldworks Gallery, Visual Arts Center, Austin, USA.
2018.11 It sounds like Cher, Center Space, Visual Arts Center, Austin, USA.
2018.10 Sandcastle, Shed 1, University of Texas Austin, USA
2018.06 Supercult, Hockney Gallery, London W7.
2018.04 Expanded Museum, Courtyard Gallery, London W7.
2018.01 WIP, RCA Sculpture, Howie Street, London SW11.
2017.05 October Moon, Menier Gallery, London SE1
2016.09 /W^NDER/.1, 5th Base Gallery, London, E1
2016.09 Concours d’Elegance, Windsor Castle, Windsor.
2016.05 FACE, Royal Opera Arcade, London.
2016.05 QEST, Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Castle.
2015.09 HUMAN: SCALE, Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes.
2015.03 The Eternal City, The Underdog Gallery, Bermondsey, Greater London.
2014.07 Kingston Art Festival, All Saints Church, Kingston-Upon Thames.
2014.05 A Given Structure, Bath Arts Fringe, Union Street, Bath.
2014.03 Site-Sight, RK Burt Gallery, Union Street, Southwark, London SE1.
2013.12 Shunt, Shunt, Bermondsey, London.
R e s i d e n c i e s & C o m m i s s i o n s
2020 Bilbao Arte Grant + Residency, July-December. Spain.
2020 Korai Project Space, March-May. Nicosia, Cyprus.
2020 Wild Biyoo, The Tribe Goa, India, January.
2019 Merz Residency, July, Ambleside, UK
2019 Winner of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, Devon, UK
2019 Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton Square, February - March, London, UK
2018 UT Fellowship Austin, Texas, August - December, USA
2018 Merz Barn Summer School, July, Lake District, UK
2017 Greece Research Residency, September
2016 Sri Lanka Research Residency, November, October Moon.
2016 Sail British Coastline Project, September, Norfolk Broads.
2016 Lambeth Council, Archbishop’s park – Public Sculpture
2015/16W^NDER Research Residency, November - February, Central America.
2015 NADFAS Scholarship, QEST
2015 Westbury Arts Centre Residency, July-September, Milton Keynes.
2015 Aviva Insurance, Hoxton Square – Digital Suite artworks
2014 Rome Art Programme at British School, July, Italy.
2014 Chester Council, Baron's Quay commission – final 3
2014 Solihull School, Chapel forecourt commission – final 3
2013 Balustrades and Chandelier Sculpture, Anna Patrova
2013 Nes Artist Residency Artist Community in Skagastrond, May, Iceland.
2012 Honorary Artillery Company, Private External artwork.
2012 Studio Residency for a year, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark.
W o r k E x p e r i e n c e
2019 Gemma Clancy Art Department Props Dresser
2019 Kate Trevessey Graphics Assistant
2013/19 The Art Academy / Mermaid Court,
Borough High Street. SE1 1HR.
Sculpture Tutor on the Diploma in Fine Art. Corporate team builds, evening classes in drawing and sculpture. Short Course courses for Adults and Young Artists.
2017 Cityscape Digital / Photoshop
Architectural Visual Artist, using Adobe
2016/17 Mark Richards / Ludlow, Herefordshire.
2014/17 The Art Academy / Technician.
Moulding and Casting student work, hollowing ceramics and studio organisation
2016 Stanton Group Studios /, Ludlow,
Shropshire, SY8 2AE Co-founder of Stanton
Group Studios co-deliver program of events and workshops.
2016 Yinka Shonibare / London E8 4QL.
Sculpt, mould and cast lifesize figures
2016 Jonathan Wylder / Oxfordshire OX10
2015/16 Nigel Hughes / Film Scenic Painter
Assistant Scenic Artist involving mixing colours, painting 100ft + canvas’, driving cherry picker. eg. Cinderella, Junglebook
2015 Circulum Sculpture / Hammersmith
W6 0TQ. Moulding and Casting Services for Artists, Interior designers and Madame Tussauds.
2015 Creative Connections / 5 Glasshouse
Walk, Vauxhall, SE11 5ES. Artist, illustrator and facilitator for corporate meetings and team building events at various times venues across London.
2015 British Museum / Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG
Providing custom-built classes in sculpture related to the current exhibition for the Friends and Young Friends Events.
2014 Architect’s Assistant / Geblertooth
Architects / 62 Glentham Road, SW13 9JJ. Director’s assistant, I worked developing designs for individual projects. CAD/Vectorworks Technician. Duties included technical drawings, site-surveys, planning applications, research and evaluation, visualisations on photoshop, website development and online profiling.