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Alison Lochhead BA (Hons), MSc

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Sculptor Alison Lochhead BA (Hons), MSc
Alison Lochhead

About Alison Lochhead

Alison Lochhead studied art and ceramics at Loughborough College of Art and Design and Wolverhampton Polytechnic from 1971 - 1975. During this period she became very interested in weaving and she received a scholarship to study tapestry weaving in Poland for a year. On her return to Britain she set up as a tapestry weaver. Alison has always loved travelling and in 1981 she got a job for three years in the Sultanate of Oman working alongside the Bedouins. Alison was inspired by the incredible rock formations in Oman and back in Britain started to work with paper pulp creating large wall pieces and continued to work with paper until about 1997. Alison then returned to working in clay, and in the last 4 years has incorporated cast iron within her sculptures; increasing the tensions of materials with the firing of the ceramic and the pouring of molten iron within the fired work.

After working in Oman, Alison became very interested in participative development and the gender politics that surround the development process, as well as daily life. She continues to work internationally in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Asia. The experiences from this work are reflected in her artwork.

Exhibition History of Alison Lochhead

Alison Lochhead has exhibited widely from 1977 to the present day, with 12 one person exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions.
Exhibitions include: Briggait Gallery, Glasgow; Pontardawe Arts Centre, Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales; Pankhurst Centre, Manchester; Black Swan Gallery, Frome;Bath Festival, Bath.
Alison Lochhead`s Recent Joint Exhibitions
Recent group exhibitions include: 56 Group Wales, BayArt, Cardiff; Iron Maidens, Touring Exhibition in USA; Fuse in Oriel Canfas, Cardiff; `Fire and Iron`, Leatherhead; `Outside/Inside` Kidwelly Industrial Museum; `Iron Maidens` travelling exhibition in UK; International Cast Iron Conference, Kidwelly; Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran; `Melting Point` Mission Gallery, Swansea; `Feile Clai`Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and Aberystwyth Arts Cente, Wales.

Biography / CV of Alison Lochhead

Worked as an artist since 1975, first in fibre art, then paper pulp and now sculpting in clay and cast iron. Recently exploring collograph printing.

Artist Statement of Alison Lochhead

Alison Lochhead`s present work has evolved from a previous series of sculptures called Watchers, figures reflecting history and the memory of actions and experiences of people over time. The earth retains the marks made by humans and their presence, which they leave behind. Humans appear to make very slow social and political progress. The mistakes and behaviours of the past are constantly repeated, little collective reflection seems to take place. The marks of action and memory made long ago are still there watching over us and reminding us of their presence. These are the "watchers", who are figures reflecting history. They are bodies returned to the earth, as in death. But their presence does not die, nor their witness.
The backbone of the body, now as the hulls of the Death Boats, represents both strength and vulnerability. The ribs in both contain the inner parts of a body. Death Boats are part of many cultures, taking the dead into the other world. They hold memories and when ship wrecks and long dead vessels are uncovered they retain the spirits of those which sailed in them. The marks made in the land long ago are still there watching over us and remind us of their presence and their shadows. Death Boats, became Wrecks and the current body of sculpture is working on the memories within and around the mines in the Cambrian Mountains, Wales. The layers of memories within the strata, the emergence of metals from the rocks once put in the kiln; the transformation of mine rocks, clay, cast iron all together.

Alison Lochhead`s work has journeyed through various materials, clay, fibres, paper and now back to clay and recently cast iron; using materials and techniques which the work demands.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Alison Lochhead

St Donats Art Centre, Wales.
Numerous private collections.

Reviews of work by Alison Lochhead

Planet - The Welsh Internationalist. Issue 194

Qualifications / Education of Alison Lochhead

Loughborough College of Art. 1971-1972
Wolverhampton Polytechnic. 3D Ceramics, BA (Hons). 1972-1975
British Council Scholarship to Poland. Studying with Jolanta Owidzka; fibre art. 1975-1976
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Bristol Polytechnic. 1987-1988
MSc Econ in International Politics. Aberystwyth University. 1996-1997

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Alison Lochhead

‘Revealment – Datguddiad’

Teaching Experience

Taught extensively in adult education over the last 20 years; notably at Bath Academy of Art in Bath.

Influences / Inspiration of Alison Lochhead


Price Range of Work

Alison Lochhead's work has a price range from £750 to £1,667

Mediums utilised

Alison Lochhead's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Alison Lochhead's work is found in the following categories on site:
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (5)
Archaeology inspired sculpture Statues (4)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary (3)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (2)
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes (2)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Transport including Road / Rail / Air / Aircraft / Sea / Maritime (2)
Ceramic Sculptures (2)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Indoor figurative sculpture
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures
Objects of desire Sculptures
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Boats Ships Canoes Dinghies Sculptures Yachts Statues
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues


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