Anna Reading (she/ her)

I am a London based visual artist, (born Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1987). 
Spanning sculpture, performance drawing and text, my work celebrates growth and survival in (in)hospitable environments, within organic and non-organic worlds. Using modified shell-grotto techniques, I combine materials, such as oyster shells surplus from pearl farming, wooden chip-forks and lumps of asphalt extracted from road surfaces. The works appear as relics from an unknown future, depicting imagined landscapes and forms of non-human consciousness. Taking inspiration from the harsh but abundant ecologies of coastal landscapes, the structures appear populated by marine accretions. Rooted in experiences of human vulnerability and exposure, the works foreground forms of shelter, synthesis and regeneration within the organic world.

I am an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London and regularly work with A.C.A.V.A. North Kensington, leading co-creation projects. I held the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018-2019 and was a Bloomberg New Contemporaries Artist in 2018 after graduating from MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art in 2017.
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Solo and Duo Exhibitions

Tangle Up, Thames Side Studio Viewing Room - presentation of wall based works.
The Auguries, duo exhibition with Diane Chappalley, Informality Gallery, Henley on Thames

The Pothole, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Flock, The Broadway Plinth, Broadway Studio Gallery, Letchworth Garden City
The Pothole, Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, Standpoint Gallery, London
Touring to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Shell Shelter and Raven Ravine, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London. Two person show with Pallas Citroen

POND, Kaitak Gallery, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong. Two person show with Diane Chappalley
Sequin In The Dustrag, Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark, collaboration with Justine Melford-Colegate

Eat With Your Eyes, LEM Gallery, London, collaboration with Justine Melford-Colegate

Selected Group Exhibitions
Lost in a Just-In-Time Supply Chain, curated by Josh C. Wright and organised by Hypha Studios, Rushey Green, London

The House Protects the Dreamer, curated by Josh C. Wright D-Contemporary, London

Terrestrial Act, touring group exhibition and collaborative film curated by Hot Desque 
- Thames Side Studios Gallery, 4th - 19th December, London
- Lunchtime Gallery, 19th - 23rd December, Glasgow
- Glasgow CCA, 14th November, Glasgow
- NewBridge Project 3rd - 19th November, Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newcastle Theatre Royal 4th September 2021, Newcastle Upon Tyne

The Plot, outdoor sculpture presented as part of Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer 2021, BrookeBenington Gallery, 15 May - 24 October 2021  

Five Hides, Manor Place Baths, London, curated by ThorpStavri
CONTACT, World of Fad, curated by ThorpStavri

Snails For Eyes, Kingsgate Project Space, London
Amalgamation, The Cello Factory, London
Sugar Mountain, The Silver Building, London
Every Thing, Assembly Point, London

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, Liverpool Biennial and South London Gallery
Every Thing, Assembly Point, London
A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Art Foundation, Athens
Consistently Inconsistent, Kelder Projects Performance Fest, London
Livings, 28 Sutherland Square, London
Inside Job, Tate Modern, Level 6, Blavatnik Building, London
Cloud Concrete, curated by Stacie McCormick, Unit 1 Gallery, London
Rotating Edible Object, curated by Rosie Carr, Chalton Gallery, London

A Study In Stone, collaboration with Soraya Smithson, Tarpey Gallery, Derby
LOOP, curated by Alex Bunn, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London
Woah, curated by M I L K, Division Of Labour London
Sequin In The Dustrag, collaboration with Justine Melford-Colegate, Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark
OBJECT 77B, Felicity Hammond, Ludvig Gustaffson and Anna Reading, LG London
Authentic Tongues, Performance evening, Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Memememe, Crypt Gallery, London4

Holding the Vessel, Chopping Block Gallery, Peckham
Softly, email exhibition
Oddly Drawn Object, Hattie Moore, Lotte Scott and Anna Reading, Haunt, London
Forwards + Backwards, Dona Laura’s House, Lisbon
Five Minutes, The Koppel Project, Performance evening curated by writer in residence, Alex Brenchley
XXL, Hotel Elephant, London
(Un)Doing (Un)Making, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham
And To Dust All Return, UNNAWAY, Huddersfield

Alone in Boxer Shorts @, online exhibition
Creekside Open 2015, selected by Lisa Milroy, APT Gallery, London
Business As Usual, curated by Perce Jerrom, S.T.C.F.T.H.O.T.S., Leeds

Santa’s Garage, Hotel Elephant, London
Objects In Time, The Library Space, Battersea, London
The Time Is Now Ready For Delivery, touring artists video screening, Cinema 6 and Farringdon Factory, London

WW Solo Award, WilsonWilliams Gallery, London
A_M Open, Arcadia Missa, London
Womb Academy, Meanwhile Space, London

2017 MFA Sculpture Slade School of Fine Art London
2010 BA Fine Art Central St Martins London
2007 Fine Art Foundation Chelsea College of Art and Design London

Prizes and Awards
2019 The Elephant Trust Grant
2018 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018 - 2019 winner, Standpoint Gallery
2018 Bloomberg New Contemporaries Artist
2015 - 2017 Siva-Finestone Scholarship, Slade
2015 Creekside Open Award winner, APT Gallery

Professional Experience

Associate Lecturer, Creative Unions, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London
Associate Lecturer, Sculpture Foundation, CCW, University of the Arts London
Lead Artist, Flourish, A.C.A.V.A. North Kensington. Family co-creation workshops.
Lead Artist, Young Artist Programme A.C.A.V.A. North Kensington. Weekly co-creation project for ages 7 - 11
Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art, York St John University
2020 - 22
Course Leader, Advanced Course in Fine Art, Hampstead School of Art
Course Leader, Critical Thinking, Hampstead School of Art
2018 - 22 
Course Leader, Material Inspiration, Hampstead School of Art
Artist Mentor, Bomb Factory Art Foundation Summer Graduate Residency
In conversation at Standpoint Gallery with Sophie Williamson, Exhibitions Curator at Camden Art Centre
Artist Talk, Cross Lane Projects
Artist Lecture, Academy for Visual Arts, Hong Kong

2020: Artist in Residence, Orbis Conservation, Unit 2 Brookmarsh Trading Estate, London
14 Aug - 14 Oct 2017: Artist in Residence, Academy for Visual Arts, HKBU, 51 Kwun Tong Road, Hong Kong
1 Aug - 13 Aug: Artist in Residence, Slade Summer School, Slade School of Fine Art, Gower Street, London
1 - 30 July 2017: Artist in Residence, Non-Space, Rosengarde 11, Aarhus 8000, Denmark

Press and Publications
Anxious Objects, Interview, Sculpture Magazine, May - June 2020, Vol 30, No. 3, p62 - 69
Sculptors on Sculpture Interview
Brooke Benington Isolation Interviews
Corridor8, Shuttered: Short Reflections on Closed Exhibtions
Art Proof Podcast, Episode 7

Elephant Magazine, Who’s Afraid of the Great Outdoors? 
The Westmorland Gazette 
Boundary online, Interview 
The Pothole, editioned Risograph publication to accompany the Standpoint exhibition
Sculptorvox Magazine, Volume 3, interview, The Hand of the Maker, pages 148 - 157

Feature in Ambit 234 pages 67-75, 
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 Catalogue
Art Newsletter MTSA announcement
Forced Collaboration

UBE 5: Dress, pages 29 - 30

UBE 4: Eating, pages 3 - 4, 21, 23, 25

Quickdenseforest, Low Impact, pages 10 - 11