artists / curators / writers
Country of residence United Kingdom
Shelagh Wakely’s work has for many years been concerned with the ephemeral and transitory. Since the mid-1970s she has been making extraordinarily delicate and decorative works, with the form often affected by physical interactions between viewer, site and work.
Before studying painting and screen printing at Chelsea College of Art (1958-62) studied agriculture and did research on grassland agronomy.1963-68 freelance textile designer, made large scale screen prints and clothes. During this period teaching part time in London, Ghana & Pakistan. 1968-71 held a research fellowship at the Royal College of Art, London. 1972 Started making sculpture.1989-99 video documentaries of artist's works (equipment loan from Henry Moore Trust). She won Greater London visual arts awards in 1976 & 1983.1991 award at British school at Rome.
Shelagh Wakely lives and works in London.
Selected solo exhibitions:
2004 Paving for 'the Knightsbridge' garden, Chelsea Flower Show, London
2002 A Space for Dreaming - a feather tent, Angle Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
1999 Minerva Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; Of No Ordinary Use, Installation, Workhaus, Liverpool Biennale 'Tracey'
1997 Galerie Le Monde de l'Art, Paris; Paisagem Inutil and The Practice of Enchantment, Instituto Brasil - Estados Unidos, Rio De Janeiro;
1993 Aguadorado, Museu do Açude, Rio de Janerio;
1992 Gold Dust, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Açafrau Sobre Concreto and Cut Silk Galeria Sergio Porto, Rio de Janeiro
1991 Curcuma sul Travertino, British School at Rome
1989 Falling, Piwna 20/26 Warsaw, As Yet Unnamed, The Showroom, London
1982 Hansard Gallery, Southampton
1979 ICA, London; Coracle, London
1977 Summer Show I, Serpentine Gallery, London
1976 Air Gallery, London
Selected group exhibitions:
2006 Multiples 2 at ROOM, ROOM, Bristol & ROOMTOO, London, ROOM, Albert Place, Bristol
2005 Multiples, ROOM, Bristol & ROOMTOO, London, ROOM, Albert Place, Bristol; Egypia & the Phenix, Instituto Cervantes, Paris, Instituto Cervantes, Paris and touring more info
2000 Underground Movement, Feeringbury Manor, Colchester; Structurally Sound, 4 British artists at X-Teresa, Mexico City
1998 Art Futures, Contemporary Art Society, Festival Hall, London
1997 Atteliers Ville de Marseille; The Space of the Page, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
1996 Life/Live, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centro Cultural do Belem, Lisbon; A Path for Ghosts, Synagogy Na Palmovce, Prague
1993 Room 45, Hotel Des Voyageurs at Hotel D'Angleterre Lamballe, and Les Voyageurs at Galeri du Chai,, Saint-Brieuc, France
1991 An English Summer, 12 English artists in Northern Italy
1984 Collazione Inglese Scuola di San Pasquale, Venice Biennale; Sculptors drawings - British Council touring show; Concepts of Space in Contemporary Art, National Museum, Warsaw;
1981 2nd Biennale of European Graphic Art, Baden-Baden, Germany
1977 British Artists Prints 1972-77, British Council Touring Show