Alison Wilding makes abstract sculpture. She is known for the wide range of both materials and processes she employs, as well as her capacity to work at the extremes of scale: from the hand held object to all but monumental sculpture.
Born in Blackburn Lancs in 1948, Wilding graduated from the RCA in 1973. She came to prominence in the 1980's as one of a group of sculptors including Richard Deacon and Antony Gormley. Wilding's first major solo exhibition was at the Serpentine Gallery in 1985.
Since then she has shown extensively throughout the UK and abroad, and has been acquired into major public collections in the UK. Public commissioned works include Migrant, 2004 for Snape Maltings, and Shimmy, 2013 at 10 New Burlington St, London. Wilding was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1992 and elected to the Royal Academy in 1999. Awards include a Henry Moore Fellowship at the British School at Rome (1998) Joanna Drew Travel Bursary (2007) Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2008) and Bryan Robertson Award (2012). Wilding lives and works in London and has been represented by Karsten Schubert since 1987.