Alexandra Harley

Sculptor | UK

With a career spanning over thirty years, Alex has an extensive international CV including prestigious juried exhibitions. She was elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2000, The Free Painters and Sculptors in 2014 and The London Group in 2018.

“Each material functions as both a starting point and a process, a core element and a guiding rhythm, through which I seek to capture and elucidate fleeting moments.”

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With a career spanning over thirty years, Alex (1958) has an extensive international CV including prestigious juried exhibitions. She was elected to the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2000, The Free Painters and Sculptors in 2014 and The London Group in 2018.

She studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art under Katherine Gilli, Robin Greenwood and Glyn Williams and then the Advanced course at St Martins School of Art under Tim Scott and Alan Gouk. She has been awarded several important fellowships in Japan and the USA and in 2016 was awarded the Brian Mercer Fellowship spending 3 months in the Mariani Bronze Foundry in Italy.

She has public work in the Caribbean, Europe and the USA. Juried exhibitions include the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition, Creekside Open, Cork Street Open, Wells Contemporary and the London Group Open.

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Credentials

Selected exhibitions

2021

Undertow, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, the Netherlands

2020

The London Group Annual, The Cello Factory, Waterloo London

Wish you /we were here/there, online exhibition

My Favourite Work, online exhibition

Isolation, online exhibition

‘Feeling for Murmuration’, curated by Jilian Knipe, APT studio gallery,  London

‘Women for all Seasons’, the Art Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London

‘Stuff Matters’ recorded discussion and exhibition, Unit 3 Gallery London

Brancaster Chronicles group discussion, Poussin Gallery, London

2019

The London Group Open Exhibition, Part 2, Cello Factory, London

City Lit Gallery, London, inaugural exhibition London

‘The London Ultra’ at the Bargehouse on the Southbank SE1 9PH.

EWAAC, La Galleria, London

Royal Society of Sculptors Summer exhibition, selected by Greville Worthington of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

‘Parallel Lines’, The Lightbox, Woking Surrey, drawings inspired by the Ingrams Collection

‘Impression’ printmaking exhibition selected by Chris Wood, Yellow Edge Gallery Hants.

Muse Gallery, Free Painters and Sculptors

‘Testing 1,2,3….’ Unit 3. London E3 3LT

The London Group at Kensington and Chelsea College

Waterloo Open, St Johns Churchyard, Waterloo ‘Come hell or high water’

Small Works, Lemonade Stand, Sanger Gallery, Key West, Florida USA

‘Micro’ Air Gallery Altrincham Cheshire UK

Q Park Year of the Pig, China town London, curated by Vanya Balloch

‘In the Spotlight’ Morley Gallery, London

2018

Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, selected by Sadie Clayton

Wells Contemporary Open, Somerset

The Muse Gallery London FPS

The Bronze Show Morley Gallery

Felix and Spear Gallery Ealing, London, Summer exhibition

‘Selfscapes’ Dalby Forest, Yorkshire

‘Nothing Endures but Change’ The London Group, St Mathews Churchyard, London

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead with the FPS

‘Embracing the Underdog’ Q Park, WC1 with the London Group

‘Duo’ with Asayo Kawase, Posk Gallery London

2017

Discerning Eye, selected by Miranda Richardson

East West exhibition at La Galleria

London Group open part 2

Heritage Gallery, Greenwich with Brancaster Chronicles

2016

Brian Mercer Fellowship exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors

East West Exhibition, Pall Mall London October

The Brian Mercer Bronze Casting Fellowship, Pietrasanta Italy,

2015

The Stone Space, Leytonstone, exhibition with Alex McIntyre,

Creekside Open, APT Gallery London, selected by Lisa Milroy

 The London Group Open part 1, Cello Factory, Waterloo, London

2014

Café Gallery Southwark Park

Ing Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries,

‘Naked’, FPS at the Menier Gallery

Missing Narrative, Free Painters and Sculptors Society, Menier Gallery, London

Kyoto Hachinosu Gallery, Kyoto Japan

Jarfo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

The POSK show, 4 artists at the Polish Centre Gallery, Hammersmith London

2013

FPS at the Chocolate Factory, London

East West Award Exhibition, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

Paper Free Painters and Sculptors Society at the Espacio Gallery London

2012

Then and Now 60th anniversary show of the Free Painters and Sculptors Society

East West Award exhibition, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

Taiwan touring exhibition of wood sculpture: –
Taiwan Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, Miaoli County,
Taiwan Huanshan Creative Park Taipei,

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Bath Society Open, Victoria Gallery, Bath

Residencies

2021

Self-directed residency Cantley, north Norfolk

2017

‘End Polio Now’, Clayton J Lloyd international airport, Anguilla

2012

ICA Massachusetts, USA

2011

Andres Institute New Hampshire, USA

Collections

  • Andres Institute NH USA
  • Anguilla Rotary Club
  • ICA MA USA
  • Private collections worldwide

Commissions and public sculptures

2009

Peace Pole carved for Desmond Tutu, Lewisham London

2004

UK representative to International Sculpture Symposium, Horb, Germany

2000

Carved seating for BBC “Charlie’s Garden Army” Peckham

Publications

  • Painting and Drawing Kate Wilson, Thames and Hudson, 2016
  • ‘Tim Scott’ catalogue essay for Poussin Gallery 2006
  • Sculpture illustrated in “Grand Designs” Oct 2005
  • Sculpture illustrated in “Sculpture” by Jane Hill, pub. Hodder and Stoughton, 1998

Other professional activities

  • Teaching at undergraduate and foundation level.
  • Initiator of This Stuff Matters www.stuff-matters.co.uk
  • Regular contributor to the Brancaster Chronicles discussion forum