Anna Alcock

Joined Artfinder: Feb. 2014

Artworks for sale: 20

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United Kingdom

About Anna Alcock

 
 
  • Biography

    I live in London, having left South Africa in 1999 to study art, I work in a large printmaking studio and pride myself of using the highest quality acid-free papers, inks, materials and equipment to ensure my art is of the highest quality and will last.

    I am Director of Inky Cuttlefish Studios, an organisation that facilitates community engagement through art, we run workshops and projects that focus of making art accessible to anyone and everyone irrespective of religion, race, gender, age or ability.

    Many of my pieces include my children - sometimes they help me with designs or carving or even drawing onto the plates - so that their work is part of the wider pieces. 

    I am proud of my family heritage and my strong links to Africa and often include archetypal images from folklore, mythology, legends, and the afterlife. I have always loved and am strongly influ­enced by the shapes, colours and cul­tural objects that I encoun­tered liv­ing in and trav­el­ling the South African rural areas with my father. Dur­ing my BA Fine Art, I majored in His­tory of Art which cul­mi­nated in a research project on Zulu Bead­work (I was lucky enough to spend time with Pro­fes­sor Frank Jolles in Pieter­mar­itzburg look­ing through his col­lec­tion of tra­di­tional Zulu bead­work — many of the items were des­tined to be shipped to the UK — and the British Museum). I also worked part-time for an African Art Cen­tre in Hill­crest and got to see, draw and enjoy a wide variety of cultural objects and sculptures from all over Africa.





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  • Education

    2002 - 2004

    Camberwell Collge of Art: University of the Arts London

    1995 - 1998

    University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

  • Awards

    2012

    E17 Art Trail

    BESTOW: Winning design for the E17 Art Trail front Cover and publicity in 2012 - a copper etching with hand-colouring of my daughter with William Morris inspired patterned background.

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    2010

    ‘Art in the Community’

    Presented by Rt. Hon. David Milliband, London Borough of Waltham Forest Award for contributions towards community art and work with disabled artists

    1998

    Dean’s Commendation

    University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    1998

    First – Merit Award for Printmaking

    University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    1996

    First – Merit Award for Painting and Printmaking

    University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: LOOP @Bankside Gallery

    Dates: Sept. 13, 2016 - Sept. 19, 2016

    Venue: Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH

    LOOP is an informal co-operative of artists with a background in print. Some of these artists have exhibited internationally, set up print studios, or pursued teaching careers, while others have continued to work in their own studios. A few newcomers have recently completed a Printmaking MA at Camberwell College. LOOP is an evolving platform that has presented some of the best in new printmaking.

    The focus of the exhibitions has always been print, with creative and experimental use of the oldest to the newest technologies. The variety and vitality of contemporary print has been evident in all LOOP exhibitions.

    Event: Bestow

    Dates: Sept. 1, 2012 - Sept. 15, 2012

    Venue: William Morris Gallery, London

    Etching for Bestow. Winning Image for E17 Art Trail Guide publicity exhibited
    Walthamstow, London

    Event: PRINTATHON

    Dates: June 8, 2012 - July 15, 2012

    Venue: Forman's Smokehouse Gallery, Fish Island, London

    East London Printmakers

    Event: Lady of the Forest Exhibition

    Dates: May 5, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2012

    Venue: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, London

    Travelling Exhibition curated by Anna Alcock: London and South Africa
    24 international artists exhibited at the following venues in 2012: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Jack Heath Gallery (South Africa), Vestry House Museum (London)

    Event: 8th British Miniprint Exhibition

    Dates: April 6, 2012 - Feb. 28, 2014

    Venue: London Print Studio Gallery, 425 Harrow Rd, London, Greater London W10 4RE

    Venues for touring exhibition: londonprintstudio Opening Show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, The Gallery at Gateshead Library, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent, The Gallery at the Civic, Barnsley

    Event: Mythology in London

    Dates: March 15, 2012 - March 31, 2012

    Venue: Tokarska Gallery, 63 Forest Rd, London E17 6HE

    Anna Alcock’s love stories and mythology started when she was young and continued to grow through her studies in South Africa when she majored in Classical Civilisations as part of her BA Fine Art (Hons) degree. She completed a MA Printmaking in London in 2004. She exhibits regularly and her art is in private and public collections around the world.

    Anna Alcock uses Greek and Roman mythological images and populates them with modern day narratives that are of significance to her living in London now. The exhibition will also include an exclusive bound suite of 15 etchings, which will be exhibited alongside etching collages and tabloids of myths with personal modern day stories that she imbues with her unique style and bold colours.

    By using her experience of London and applying ancient Greek and Roman cultural thinking the theme of mythology is applied to everyday events for example bankers loss of status during the recent recession is illustrated by the myth of “Icarus”. Archetypes are found in our unconscious daily lives as shown in “Demeter”, the story of a mother’s search for her daughter “Persephone” and the resulting winter of her grief.

    Event: LOOP at Bankside

    Dates: April 19, 2011 - April 25, 2011

    Venue: Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH

    Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

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Education

2002 - 2004

Camberwell Collge of Art: University of the Arts London

1995 - 1998

University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa


Awards

2012

E17 Art Trail

BESTOW: Winning design for the E17 Art Trail front Cover and publicity in 2012 - a copper etching with hand-colouring of my daughter with William Morris inspired patterned background.

Show more awardsHide

2010

‘Art in the Community’

Presented by Rt. Hon. David Milliband, London Borough of Waltham Forest Award for contributions towards community art and work with disabled artists

1998

Dean’s Commendation

University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

1998

First – Merit Award for Printmaking

University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

1996

First – Merit Award for Painting and Printmaking

University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: LOOP @Bankside Gallery

Dates: Sept. 13, 2016 - Sept. 19, 2016

Venue: Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH

LOOP is an informal co-operative of artists with a background in print. Some of these artists have exhibited internationally, set up print studios, or pursued teaching careers, while others have continued to work in their own studios. A few newcomers have recently completed a Printmaking MA at Camberwell College. LOOP is an evolving platform that has presented some of the best in new printmaking.

The focus of the exhibitions has always been print, with creative and experimental use of the oldest to the newest technologies. The variety and vitality of contemporary print has been evident in all LOOP exhibitions.

Event: Bestow

Dates: Sept. 1, 2012 - Sept. 15, 2012

Venue: William Morris Gallery, London

Etching for Bestow. Winning Image for E17 Art Trail Guide publicity exhibited
Walthamstow, London

Event: PRINTATHON

Dates: June 8, 2012 - July 15, 2012

Venue: Forman's Smokehouse Gallery, Fish Island, London

East London Printmakers

Event: Lady of the Forest Exhibition

Dates: May 5, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2012

Venue: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, London

Travelling Exhibition curated by Anna Alcock: London and South Africa
24 international artists exhibited at the following venues in 2012: Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Jack Heath Gallery (South Africa), Vestry House Museum (London)

Event: 8th British Miniprint Exhibition

Dates: April 6, 2012 - Feb. 28, 2014

Venue: London Print Studio Gallery, 425 Harrow Rd, London, Greater London W10 4RE

Venues for touring exhibition: londonprintstudio Opening Show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, The Gallery at Gateshead Library, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent, The Gallery at the Civic, Barnsley

Event: Mythology in London

Dates: March 15, 2012 - March 31, 2012

Venue: Tokarska Gallery, 63 Forest Rd, London E17 6HE

Anna Alcock’s love stories and mythology started when she was young and continued to grow through her studies in South Africa when she majored in Classical Civilisations as part of her BA Fine Art (Hons) degree. She completed a MA Printmaking in London in 2004. She exhibits regularly and her art is in private and public collections around the world.

Anna Alcock uses Greek and Roman mythological images and populates them with modern day narratives that are of significance to her living in London now. The exhibition will also include an exclusive bound suite of 15 etchings, which will be exhibited alongside etching collages and tabloids of myths with personal modern day stories that she imbues with her unique style and bold colours.

By using her experience of London and applying ancient Greek and Roman cultural thinking the theme of mythology is applied to everyday events for example bankers loss of status during the recent recession is illustrated by the myth of “Icarus”. Archetypes are found in our unconscious daily lives as shown in “Demeter”, the story of a mother’s search for her daughter “Persephone” and the resulting winter of her grief.

Event: LOOP at Bankside

Dates: April 19, 2011 - April 25, 2011

Venue: Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH

Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers


 

Biography

I live in London, having left South Africa in 1999 to study art, I work in a large printmaking studio and pride myself of using the highest quality acid-free papers, inks, materials and equipment to ensure my art is of the highest quality and will last.

I am Director of Inky Cuttlefish Studios, an organisation that facilitates community engagement through art, we run workshops and projects that focus of making art accessible to anyone and everyone irrespective of religion, race, gender, age or ability.

Many of my pieces include my children - sometimes they help me with designs or carving or even drawing onto the plates - so that their work is part of the wider pieces. 

I am proud of my family heritage and my strong links to Africa and often include archetypal images from folklore, mythology, legends, and the afterlife. I have always loved and am strongly influ­enced by the shapes, colours and cul­tural objects that I encoun­tered liv­ing in and trav­el­ling the South African rural areas with my father. Dur­ing my BA Fine Art, I majored in His­tory of Art which cul­mi­nated in a research project on Zulu Bead­work (I was lucky enough to spend time with Pro­fes­sor Frank Jolles in Pieter­mar­itzburg look­ing through his col­lec­tion of tra­di­tional Zulu bead­work — many of the items were des­tined to be shipped to the UK — and the British Museum). I also worked part-time for an African Art Cen­tre in Hill­crest and got to see, draw and enjoy a wide variety of cultural objects and sculptures from all over Africa.





 
 
 
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