Biography & CV

Anna Gillespie was born in Surrey in 1964. She studied Philosophy, Politics, Economics at Wadham College, Oxford and then International Relations at the London School of Economics. In 1988 Anna returned to sculpture, taking a City and Guilds in Stone Masonry and Carving in Bath before going to the Centro d'Arte, Verrocchio, Italy to work as studio assistant to sculptor, Nigel Konstam. Anna then completed an MA in Fine and Media Arts in Cheltenham. Anna now lives and works in Bath and is represented by the Beaux Arts galleries in Bath www.beauxartsbath.co.uk and London www.beauxartslondon.uk

Anna Gillespie has work is in the collections of The Prudential, Burghley House Sculpture Park, The Somerset Museum, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Bodrum Sculpture Park Turkey and also in private collections throughout America, the Middle East and Europe.

Photo: Colin Hawkins

Anna Gillespie Sculptor

Over the last 10 years Anna Gillespie has attempted through her work to recapture a feeling of immersion in nature, often employing beech nuts, acorn cups, twigs, galls - with these natural found objects then cast into bronze. The act of gathering each autumn the artist considered a meditation; on the beauty of nature and our human place within it. She describes it as humbling, viscerally realising the way in which we humans are just another mass product of nature – all fundamentally the same and yet no two alike.

Recent visits to Africa and America have somewhat shifted her focus on to the way in which humans are influenced by the man-made environment and to the way in which we interact with the planet as a species. Whereas most work using organic materials depicted solitary figures, often in a meditative or perhaps even spiritual stance, the new work favours groups, walking or standing. Whilst it may appear to draw on current events, Gillespie is also seeking to draw a parallel with the historical experience of people and their movements across the surface of the Earth through the ages.

In her organic work the individual was subsumed by the experience of melding with nature and in simply being another beautiful product of it. Her new sculpture deals with the question of what it takes to recognise an individual as an individual, both in terms of being part of a mass of humanity and in the face of passing time.


Anna Gillespie MRBS
   
Education & Training
1997 Italy. Scholarship and teaching assistant at the Centro d'Arte Verrocchio, Italy
   
1996-98 MA Fine Arts, Cheltenham
   
1995 Studio assistant to Nigel Konstam at the Centro d'Arte Verrocchio. Italy
   
1986-87 Diploma International Relations, LSE
   
1983-86 BA Hons, Wadham College Oxford
   
Shows & Commissions
2016 Acclimatize E-exhibition, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Solo Exhibition
RWA, Autumn Exhibition
Beaux Arts London, Summer Show
Beaux Arts Bath, Solo Exhibition
Open Studio Show, Bristol
Lacock Abbey, Group Show
   
2015 Glastonbury Festival, Greenfields gateway commission
RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Chris Beardshaw
Frensham Heights School Commission
Solo exhibition, Beaux Arts London
Group exhibition, Homo Sapiens, Beaux Arts London
   
2014 National Trust Headquarters, Heelis, Swindon
Glastonbury Festival, Greenfields gateway commission
Art in Action, Gateway installation, Oxford
Alderney Performing Arts Festival, site specific installation
Beaux Art Bath, Solo
London Art Fair, Solo Stand, Beaux Arts Bath
RWA, Autumn Exhibition
   
2013 5 Person Show, September Beaux Arts London
Gloucester Cathedral, Open West group Show
Solo Show, Beaux Arts Bath
160 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy
RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chris Beardshaw Gold Winning Garden
Glastonbury Festival, Greenfields gateway commission
Beaux Arts London, Summer Show
   
2012 Two Person Show, Beaux Arts Bath
Summer Show, Beaux Arts, London
RWA, Autumn Exhibition
Derwent Wye Fine Arts-Group Show
   
2011 Solo Show - Beaux Arts Bath
Burghley House, Sculpture Garden
The Big Draw Self-Portrait Drawing Show, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
Work also shown at Byard Art, Cambridge
and Artzu Gallery, Manchester
   
2010 Three person show with Peter Randall-Page and Sarah Gillespie. Waterhouse & Dodd, London
Cambridge -Solo Show. Byard Art, Cambridge
SEEDS Film Festival. Minneapolis, USA
London. Victor Felix Gallery, Three person show
   
2009 Manchester. Artzu Gallery. Solo
Bristol Contemporary Open. Group Show
Bristol. View Gallery. Opening Group Show
   
2008 London. "The Figure" at Sarah Myerscough Fine Art
London. "Coda" with Chuck Elliott at The Gallery in Cork Street
Plymouth University. "Art spaces". Group Show
   
2007 Bristol. Royal West of England Academy. Open Sculpture
Bath. Chapel Row Gallery, Solo Show
Bath. Beaux Arts Gallery, Summer Show
Cambridge. "Breath of Fresh Air" and Summer Show, Byard Art
Oxfordshire. Art in Action
Corsham. Pound Arts Centre, Solo Show
   
2006 Art Miami Art Fair with Osborne Samuel Gallery
Palm Beach Art Fair with Osborne Samuel Gallery
London, Osborne Samuel, Summer Show
Manchester, Artzu Gallery, Group Show
Oxfordhsire, Art in Action
   
2005 Bristol. New Gallery at the RWA. Solo
Plymouth. Peninsula Art Centre. Four person show
London. Osborne Samuel. Three person show
Frome, Somerset. Black Swan Arts.
Buckfastleigh, Devon. Rill Centre
London. Osborne Samuel Gallery. Summer Show
Bath. BANA group exhibition
London. The Artist and Radio 4. South Bank Gallery
Manchester. Artzu Gallery. Big Shots
   
2004 Bristol. R.W.A. 'Encore' group show
London. Candid Arts Trust. Network A.D. group show
Bristol. Centrespace group show
Bristol. Tobacco Factory. Black Cube group
Bristol. South Bristol Art Trail
Bath. Fringe Festival. Installation in Bath Abbey
Yorkshire. Hebdon Bridge Sculpture Trail
London. 'Art London' with the Berkeley Square Gallery
Athens. ARTiade 2004. 'Olympics of Visual Arts'
Gloucestershire. Prema Arts Centre. Solo
London. Spectrum Fine Arts
Bristol. RWA. Autumn Exhibition
Bath. Hotbath Gallery. Pause: capturing the sublime
Exeter. Home is Where the Hurt Is
Plymouth. New Street Gallery. Christmas Show
Ashburton. Gallery No 8. Christmas Show
Somerset Museum Services art collection
   
2003 Bristol. Centrespace Gallery. Solo
Dorset. Sherborne House Arts Centre. Two person show
R.W.A. Open
Bristol. Botany Studios. Open studio show. Bristol
Black Cube group. UV light exhibition
Lichfield District Council. 'Inspire' 100 people collaboration
   
2001 Salisbury. Site-specific stone commission for Lord Chichester
Birth of second son
   
1999 Birth of first son
Bristol. Work shown at The 3-D Gallery
Totnes. Ariel Centre. Work shown alongside solo exhibition of paintings by Sarah Gillespie
   
1998 Work shown at the Gardens of Gaia Sculpture Park, Kent. 1998-1999
Work shown at the Michael Wright Gallery, Bristol
   
1997 Ireland. Work shown at the Yello Gallery, Kinsale. 1997-1998
Gloucestershire. Work shown at the Anderson Gallery. 1997-1998
   
1996 Italy.  Studio assistant at Centro d'Arte Verrocchio
Bristol. The Happening Gallery. Solo
London. Work shown at The Cadogan Gallery
London. Work shown at The McHardy Sculpture Gallery
Worcestershire. Work shown at the Ombersely Gallery
Bristol. Group show by 'Artery' at the Leadworks
Edinburgh. C Venue 19. Fringe Festival five women show
   
1995 Bristol. The Happening Gallery. Solo
Bristol. The Happening Gallery. 'Cruciform' group show
London. Wembley Exhibition Centre. Natural Stone Show
City of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. 'Broad's Boards'
Edinburgh. C Venue 19, Fringe Festival group show
R.W.A. Open.
   
1993-95 R.W.A. Printmaking Open
Bath Society of Artists. Open
R.W.A. Open
 
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