About Anna Alcock
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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.