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Anna Gillespie

I am a figurative sculptor working in a variety of mediums including plaster, bronze and found natural tree materials.

Recent visits to Africa and America have shifted Gillespie’s focus from the natural environment near her home to the way in which humans are influenced by the man-made environment and our interaction as a species with the planet.   This new work, whilst it may appear to draw on current events, seeks to draw parallels with the historical experience of people and their movements across the surface of the Earth through the ages.

In the work created from locally found organic tree material the individual was subsumed by the experience of melding with nature – all of us fundamentally the same and yet no two alike.   In the new works the individual is lost within the built environment, individuality being almost unrecognizable within the mass of humanity that we now face ourselves being part of.   Despite these political aspects to Gillespie’s work, once senses that the figures she creates are also deeply personal.

 Born in 1964, Anna Gillespie studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Wadham College, Oxford and then International Relations at the London School of Economics. In 1988 Anna returned to sculpture; training in Stone Masonry and Carving before working at Centro d'Arte, Verrocchio, Italy; as studio assistant to sculptor, Nigel Konstam. Anna then completed an MA in Fine and Media Arts. She now lives and works in the South West of England and is represented by the Beaux Arts galleries in Bath and London.  Anna Gillespie has work is in the collections of The Prudential, Burghley House Sculpture Park, The Somerset Museum, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Bodrum Sculpture Park Turkey and also in private collections throughout America, the Middle East and Europe. 




Anna Gillespie MRBS

 Education & Training

1997 Italy. Scholarship and teaching assistant at the Centro d’Arte Verrocchio, Italy

1996-98 MA Fine Arts, Cheltenham

1995 Studio assistant to Nigel Konstam at the Centro d’Arte Verrocchio. Italy

1986-87 Diploma International Relations, LSE

1983-86 BA Hons, Wadham College Oxford

Shows & Commissions



Beaux Arts Bath.  Solo Exhibition.


CCA Galleries International, Jersey.  Four person show

Installation ‘The Waiting’.  Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

Royal West of England Academy, 'Drawn' group show

Beaux Arts Bath, London Art Fair

Residency.  Drawing Projects UK



Acclimatize E-exhibition Moderna museet, Stockholm.

The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham.  Solo exhibition

RWA, Autumn Exhibition

Beaux Arts Bath.  Solo exhibition.

Open Studio Show, Bristol

Lacock Abbey, group show


Glastonbury Festival, Greenfields gateway commission

RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Chris Beardshaw

Frensham Heights School Commission

Solo exhibition, Beaux Arts London

Group exhibition, Homo Sapiens, Beaux Arts London


National Trust Headquarters, Heelis, Swindon

Glastonbury Festival, Greenfields gateway commission

Art in Action, Gateway installation, Oxford

Alderney Performing Arts Festival, site specific installation

Beaux Art Bath, Solo

London Art Fair, Solo Stand , Beaux Arts Bath

RWA, Autumn Exhibition


5 Person Show, September Beaux Arts London

 Gloucester Cathedral, Open West group Show

 Solo Show, Beaux Arts Bath

 160 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy

 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chris Beardshaw Gold Winning Garden

 Glastonbury Festival, Greenfields gateway commission

 Beaux Arts London, Summer Show


 Two Person Show, Beaux Arts Bath

 Summer Show, Beaux Arts, London

 RWA, Autumn Exhibition

 Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby, Group Show

 Derwent Wye Fine Arts-Group Show


 Solo Show - Beaux Arts Bath

 Burghley House, Sculpture Garden

 The Big Draw Self-Portrait Drawing Show, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath

 Work also shown at Byard Art, Cambridge

 and Artzu Gallery, Manchester


Three person show with Peter Randall-Page and Sarah Gillespie. Waterhouse & Dodd, London

 Cambridge -Solo Show. Byard Art, Cambridge

 SEEDS Film Festival. Minneapolis, USA

 London. Victor Felix Gallery, Three person show



 Manchester.  Artzu Gallery. Solo

 Bristol Contemporary Open. Group Show

 Bristol. View Gallery. Opening Group Show


 London. "The Figure" at Sarah Myerscough Fine Art

 London. "Coda" with Chuck Elliott at The Gallery in Cork Street

 Plymouth University. "Art spaces". Group Show


Bristol. Royal West of England Academy. Open Sculpture

Bath. Chapel Row Gallery, Solo Show

Bath. Beaux Arts Gallery, Summer Show

Cambridge. "Breath of Fresh Air" and Summer Show, Byard Art

Oxfordshire. Art in Action

Corsham. Pound Arts Centre, Solo Show


Art Miami Art Fair with Osborne Samuel Gallery

Palm Beach Art Fair with Osborne Samuel Gallery

London, Osborne Samuel, Summer Show

Manchester, Artzu Gallery, Group Show

Oxfordhsire, Art in Action


Bristol. New Gallery at the RWA. Solo

Plymouth. Peninsula Art Centre. Four person show

London. Osborne Samuel. Three person show

Frome, Somerset. Black Swan Arts.

Buckfastleigh, Devon. Rill Centre

London. Osborne Samuel Gallery. Summer Show

Bath. BANA group exhibition

London. The Artist and Radio 4. South Bank Gallery

Manchester. Artzu Gallery. Big Shots


Bristol. R.W.A. ‘Encore’ group show

London. Candid Arts Trust. Network A.D. group show

Bristol. Centrespace group show

Bristol. Tobacco Factory. Black Cube group

Bristol. South Bristol Art Trail

Bath. Fringe Festival. Installation in Bath Abbey

Yorkshire. Hebdon Bridge Sculpture Trail

London. ‘Art London’ with the Berkeley Square Gallery

Athens. ARTiade 2004. ‘Olympics of Visual Arts’

Gloucestershire. Prema Arts Centre. Solo

London. Spectrum Fine Arts

Bristol. RWA. Autumn Exhibition

Bath. Hotbath Gallery. Pause: capturing the sublime

Exeter. Home is Where the Hurt Is

Plymouth. New Street Gallery. Christmas Show

Ashburton. Gallery No 8. Christmas Show

Somerset Museum Services art collection


Bristol. Centrespace Gallery. Solo

Dorset. Sherborne House Arts Centre. Two person show

R.W.A. Open

Bristol. Botany Studios. Open studio show. Bristol

Black Cube group. UV light exhibition

Lichfield District Council. ‘Inspire’ 100 people collaboration


Salisbury. Site-specific stone commission for Lord Chichester

Birth of second son


Birth of first son

Bristol. Work shown at The 3-D Gallery

Totnes. Ariel Centre. Work shown alongside solo exhibition of paintings by Sarah Gillespie


 Work shown at the Gardens of Gaia Sculpture Park, Kent. 1998-1999

 Work shown at the Michael Wright Gallery, Bristol


Ireland. Work shown at the Yello Gallery, Kinsale. 1997-1998

Gloucestershire. Work shown at the Anderson Gallery. 1997-1998


Italy.  Studio assistant at Centro d’Arte Verrocchio           

Bristol. The Happening Gallery. Solo

London. Work shown at The Cadogan Gallery

London. Work shown at The McHardy Sculpture Gallery

Worcestershire. Work shown at the Ombersely Gallery

Bristol. Group show by ‘Artery’ at the Leadworks

Edinburgh. C Venue 19. Fringe Festival five women show


Bristol. The Happening Gallery. Solo

Bristol. The Happening Gallery. ‘Cruciform’ group show

London. Wembley Exhibition Centre. Natural Stone Show

City of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. ‘Broad’s Boards’

Edinburgh. C Venue 19, Fringe Festival group show

R.W.A. Open.


R.W.A. Printmaking Open

Bath Society of Artists. Open

R.W.A. Open


























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