ANDREW WOOD

Life Story        

 

  • 1950 Born Spare Penny Cottage, England, UK.

Education

  • 1968–69 Camberwell School of Arts, Pre Diploma.
  • 1969–72 Falmouth School of Art, BA Fine Art

Exhibitions (solo)

  • 2017 Chelsea Arts Club, London
  • 2010 Pavilion in the Park, London
  • 2010 Cupboard under the Stairs, Cortona
  • 2010 Galerie du Passage, Paris
  • 2010 Sartoria Bassani, Salon di Mobili, Milan
  • 2010 Galleria Blanchaert, Milan
  • 2006 Chelsea Arts Club, London
  • 2006 Brighton Art Fair
  • 2006 Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • 2004 Mercatale di Cortona, Umbria, Italy
  • 2002 Goathouse Gallery, Kingscote, Gloucestershire
  • 2000 Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire
  • 1982 Dan Klein Gallery, London
  • 1981 Prescote Gallery, Oxfordshire
  • 1980 Thornbury Arts Festival
  • 1979 Atelier Josche Roverts, Gouda, Holland
  • 1978 Christopher Strangeways Gallery, London
  • 1977 Oxford Gallery, Oxford
  • 1972 Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, London

Private Collections

Including:
The late Ian Dury, Dan Aykroyd, Isaac Tigrett (founder, Hard Rock Cafe), Mariel Hemingway, Rachel Bilson, Ringo Starr, Christian Louboutin, Rolf Sachs, Prince Ernst of Hanover, Sally the late Duchess of Westminster, Jacques Grange, Mika, Sir Elton John.

Public Collections

  • Newport Museum, Gwent
  • Welsh Folk Museum, Cardiff

Awards

  • 2015 Stroud Film Festival Award, best documentary.
  • 2007 The Extension Trust
  • 1996 Oppenheim–John Downes Trust
  • 1980 Workshop Trainee Grant, Crafts Council
  • 1974 Studio Equipment Grant, Crafts Council
  • 1974 Maintenance Grant, Crafts Council

Public Art Work

  • 2009 Roseberry Park Hospital, Tyneside. Commission for reception area
  • 2008 Memory Box Project for East Sussex County Council
  • 2008 Shortlisted for relief wall, Newfield and Talbot School, Sheffield
  • 2008 Shortlisted for stairwell commission, Rhondha Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Public Commissions

  • 2008 Memory Box Project, Peacehaven, East Sussex
  • 2003–06 118 relief portraits of Blues Musicians, House of Blues
  • 1990 Series of relief sculptures, SSB Institute of Higher Medicine, India
  • 1989 Wall relief sculpture, Le Texan, Avignon, France
  • 1983 Life size brass Buddha, Hard Rock Café, New York
  • 1976 Life size replica of Megalosaurus, Stroud Museum

Exhibitions (group)

  • “Paint me a Drink” Exhibition, 20 Hoxton Square, London
  • O.C. Exhibition, Strand Gallery, London
  • Albisolla, International Ceramic Biennale
  • Artwave, Lewes
  • Society of Portrait Sculptors, London
  • Royal Society of British Sculptors, London
  • Art House, Emsworth
  • HQ Gallery, Albion St., Lewes
  • Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh
  • Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • Open Studios, Stroud District
  • Taster Exhibition, Stroud Valleys Art Space
  • Talks House, Salisbury
  • Fresh Air, Quenington
  • Tea Time, Newport Museum
  • Sculpture at the Park, Park Gallery, Cheltenham
  • Yew Tree Gallery, Derbyshire
  • Westminster Gallery, Boston, USA
  • 33 Kings Street Gallery, Bristol
  • The Cow and the Sheep Show, Portal Gallery, London
  • Ceramics at Cirencester, Brewery Arts Centre
  • Art and Ceramics Gallery, Barnes, London
  • South Wales Potters, Newport Museum, Gwent

Artist–in–Residence

  • 2001 Bourneside School, Cheltenham
  • 1992–95 House of Blues, USA
  • 1980 Thornbury Arts Festival
  • 1977–82 Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucestershire
  • 1972 Nicholas Treadwell Studios, Stoke–on–Trent

Teaching Experience

  • 2010 Casa Basani, Cortona
  • 2008 Vipers Wharf, Lewes
  • 2007 Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton Library
  • 2002–03 Horsley Hall, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
  • 2001–02 Sculpture from life, Prema Arts Centre
  • 2000–01 Sculpture from life, Stroud College of Art
  • 1999 Teaching teachers, Arvon Foundation
  • 1998 Clay modelling, Acorn School, Nailsworth
  • 1996 Clay modelling, School children, New Orleans, USA
  • 1991–93 Clay modelling, School children, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1983–88 Sculpture from life, Life drawing, Prema Arts Centre
  • 1978–88 Arts, crafts and ceramics to children, adults, unemployed and mentally handicapped teenagers, Prema Arts Centre
  • 1973–79 Visiting lecturer at Falmouth, Cardiff, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Stoke–on–Trent and Newcastle Art Colleges
  • 1973 Visiting Lecturer at University of California Davis, Oakland, Hayward and San Francisco

Illustrated Books

  • The Craft Tradition by Lionel Lambourne
  • The Eccentric Teapot by Garth Clark
  • Novelty Teapots by Edward Bramah
  • Ceramics Manual by Graham Flight

Public Service

  • 2000–03 Adviser to Musgrave Kinley Outsider Trust
  • 1989–99 Steering group of Tandem Trust, a teachers and artists collective
  • 1997 Consultant to Stroud Cultural Planning Initiative
  • 1991–95 Weekly volunteer at homeless feeding project, Santa Monica, USA
  • 1990 Cultural panel at Global Forum, Moscow
  • 1989–99 Trustee of Rama Foundation, Zurich
  • 1989–91 Trustee of Evelyn Williams Trust, London
  • 1986 Founder of Gloucestershire Arts Promoters
  • 1983–88 Combined Arts Panel, South West Arts
  • 1982–84 Management Committee, South West Arts
  • 1978–88 Founder and artistic director, Prema Arts Centre (see below)

Prema

Between 1978 and 1988 I stopped producing art while I set up and ran Prema Arts Centre, inspired by the teachings of Satya Sai Baba.

Prema was founded as a non-profit charity with the purpose of providing a centre of excellence for the production, presentation and teaching of the Arts.

Having raised the capital for the purchase and conversion of a beautiful Georgian village chapel, we presented a very exciting and diverse programme of fine and applied arts, experimental theatre, contemporary dance, poetry and literature, every form of music and a pioneering education programme. Mixing the established with the cutting edge (e.g. Prema was one of the first platforms for world music) and with a commitment to accessibility and affordability, Prema established a reputation as the leading rural arts centre in the UK.