Artist Biography - Ann Carrington
Ann Carrington studied at Bourneville College of Art, Birmingham and The Royal College of Art graduating in 1987. In 1988 she received The Herbert Read Award, followed by the Commonwealth Fellowship for Sculpture in 1992. Two major Arts Council of Great Britain awards followed in 1994 and 1997. In 2008 she was the winner of a national competition to produce a major new artwork ...for Margate sea front.
Throughout the artists career, upcycling the detritus of contemporary life has been Carrington’s focus. She has succeeded in transforming buttons into giant postage stamps bearing Queen Elizabeth II’s profile, shaped strings of faux pearls into galleons, and assembled souvenir coins into giant vases. The artist also creates artwork with unexpected materials - scraps of fabric, vintage horse brasses, seashells, old tires, and aluminum beverage cans. The artist is half magpie, half alchemist; working in the folk tradition, she creates pieces that take extraordinary amounts of time to complete
In 2010 Ann was invited by the United Nations to help raise awareness of current issues through her artwork – her first art work for The UN was presented at the UN Human Trafficking conference in Luxor Egypt, December 2010. She has exhibited worldwide and fulfilled many private and public commissions including the large scale public artwork – Manhattan Mettle – which was unveiled at The W Hotel, Hoboken, USA. in 2011.
Ann was commissioned to make The Royal Jubilee Banner for the Queen in celebration of her diamond Jubilee. The Royal Jubilee banner hung from the stern of the Royal Barge ‘The Spirit of Chartwell’ as it made its journey up the River Thames from Battersea to London Bridge on the historic occasion of the Thames Diamond Jubilee procession 3rd June 2012. The Royal Banner was recently purchased by The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, one of the great twelve livery companies of London and now hangs permanently in the Haberdashers’ Hall, West Smithfield.
In 2014 Ann produced commissions for The Waldorf Astoria, The Alpini Gstaad, and The Chiltern Firehouse, followed by her solo show Pom Pom Pompadour at Paul Smith’s Mayfair gallery in March 2015. August 2016 saw ‘Pop goes the Weasel!’ – a large retrospective exhibition of Ann’s work open at the Royal College of Art, Kensington, London. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Devil’s Trumpet, a floral sculpture sculpted from cutlery, was acquired by the V & A for their collection and will be on permanent display in the Silver Gallery from July 2017.
In addition to her success with the V & A in 2017, the Rothschild Collection hosted an exhibition ‘Power and Portraiture’ at Waddesdon Manor which featured Royal portraits including Ann’s seminal artwork ‘Pearly Queen of Shoreditch’. Later the artists success continued with Ann’s solo show Super Brew at Paul Smith’s gallery in Mayfair.
Carrington has exhibited worldwide and she now worked on many private and public commissions. Her practice is all about materials, detail and impact. Her customarily vast murals repurpose all manner of recycled items and materials. An example is the artists Manhattan Mettle piece, commissioned for a public space at the W Hotel in Hoboken, Carrington produced a huge rectangular magnet and arranged found metal objects from docks, along with subway tokens and nickels, mimicking the intricate New York skyline.