Annie Woodford studied ceramics and glass at Middlesex Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art where she was awarded a Travel Scholarship. Her work has been exhibited in the U.K. and abroad, both in solo and group shows and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide. Widely travelled, her work has won several awards, most recently for the Icelandic research project 'Beyond the Surface of Things'. Recently, she has begun to work in association with other professionals across various disciplines, investigating the concerns and themes central to her practice.
Date of Birth: 1958
1983 Royal College of Art Travel Scholarship
1987 Crafts Council Award
1994 Wedgwood Bicentennial Award
2006 Juliet Gomperts Arts Trust Award (project funding)
2006 Crafts Council Selected Maker
1992 Landmark Graphics Corp, London
1996 The Dance Depot, Paris
1996 The Dance Depot, London
1997-98 Colchester and Tendring Arts Project, Essex
1998-99 Western Atlas Int. Inc., Houston and London
1976-77 Hornsey School of Art, Foundation Course, London
1977-80 Middlesex Polytechnic, BA Hons (First Class), London
1981-84 Royal College of Art, MA (RCA), London
1985 Anatol Orient, London
1986 Cre Gallery, London
1986 Yew Tree Gallery , Derbyshire
1986 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
1986 Casson Gallery, London
1987 The Box Show , Artsite, Bath
1987 Bath Contemporary Art Fair
1988 Portobello Art Fair, London
1987 Royal College of Art 150th Aniversary Exhibition at Liberty, London
1987 Seibu, Japan
1989 International Ceramics Competion,Mino, Japan
1989 Chicago International Art Fair
1990 London Contemporary Art Fair
1991 Prema Arts, an exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, Gloucestershire
1992 International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan
1995 'Bridging Cultures', Northern Arts Touring Exhibition, UK
2004 'Drawing the Line', Orleans House Gallery, London
2005 'Boxed n' Cased', Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex
2005 Art Auction for Farleigh Hospice, Firstsite Gallery, Essex
2006 Objects in Waiting Sheffield University
2006 Artonomy Fine Art, Truro, Cornwall
2006 GIFT Museum Man (Liverpool Biennial)
2006 The Postcard Show Surface Gallery Nottingnham
1985 Royal Overseas League, London
1986 Anatol Orient, London
1987 Seibu, Japan
1989 Michealson and Orient, London (represented by Anatol Orient)
1990 Anatol Orient , London(represented by Anatol Orient)
Travel: Nationally, Yes Internationally, Yes
Design Magazine (selected by Minale Tattersfield), July 1984
Interiors Magazine, March/April 1985
Galleries Magazine (revue), Dec 1986
The Box Show' (catalogue to the exhibition), Dec 1986
Vogue Magazine, Dec 1986
The Independent, Dec 1986
Art London 90 (catalogue to the fair), March/April 1990
Metropolitan Home, Nov 1990
House and Garden, 'Individual Style', July 1993
Fascinated by the tenuous connection between past, present and future and the shadowy, illusive meaning of time, Annie Woodford makes work that is both haunting and enigmatic. The complex cultures of the world’s indigenous people, their rituals, belief systems and view of the cosmos, have been an important influence – amalgamating the mystical, magical and mythical.
Shifting boundaries between science and metaphysics, the evolution of new technology and an enduring interest in parallel universe theory have instilled her pieces with a heightened intensity, whilst an obsession with hidden worlds has prompted recent investigations into microscopy: making the unseen seen.
A passion for frozen environments and the message they embrace, not only of the past but also for the future of our planet, has resulted in research trips to the Arctic and Iceland and a detailed study of the coldest place on Earth – Antarctica. The dichotomy between mankind’s wish for progress and his proclivity for self-destruction has become an important theme.
The work has an elegant complexity, sometimes lyrically evocative and mysterious, often disturbing and unnerving. Seemingly tranquil in nature but possessing an underlying tension , it speaks of things that are at once both strange and familiar. Existing not in the past, present or future but hovering in a place between, waiting, hidden from view.
Annie Woodford's work encompasses free standing pieces, objects contained in Perspex, glass or wooden containers and box frames and site specific installations.
Ideally, because of the nature of her work she prefers as much freedom as possible when carrying out commissions. Consultation with the client and/or site visits and detailed research preceed any commission . Attention to detail and quality of making are paramount. Lead time is normally at least two months.
Initial research ,ideas and drawings for each project are subject to a design fee of 10% of the final commission price.
Once ideas and time scale are agreed between artist and client an installment of 50% of the total price is required.
Delivery of the works to their final destination and any necessary installation ,will incur an additional fee.
£500 - £15000
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