Alexandra Harley is a British sculptor best known for her immersive engagement with materials.
Harley studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art under Glyn Williams and Robin Greenwood, followed by the Advanced Course at St. Martins School of Art under Tim Scott. Her own teaching career is extensive, commencing with woodcarving in the Sculpture Department at City Lit in 1985 and over the years expanding into bronze, stone and life modelling.
She has been awarded prestigious fellowships in Japan and the USA, and most recently won the the Brian Mercer Fellowship in 2016, spending 3 months in the Mariani Bronze Foundry in Italy. Juried exhibitions for which she has been selected include the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition, Creekside Open, Cork Street Open and the London Group Open. She has also had public sculptures commissioned in the Caribbean, Europe and the USA.
Harley currently works out of her studio in Stratford, London.
Recent & Upcoming Projects
'Galan', a small bronze on alabaster is on show now at the Linden Hall Gallery, Deal, Kent. . Many thanks to Myles Corley for selecting my sculpture.
The show is on until 30th January 2021, now online only because of the C19 restrictions.
Alexandra Harley's sculpture Lledr is on show in the Graphics room with the new online Wells Art Contemporary. https://www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk/ve2020-home
I would like to thank the were selectors, renowned artists Lisa Wright, Neville Gabie and Phillip Allen for including me, and to Wells Art Contemporary and Parker Harris for a superb exhibition
This international competition opened on the 1st of October 2020.
This Stuff Matters has an online show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTykvXmbeM0&feature=youtu.be
put together by Jill Gibson. This replaces, for the moment, the gallery show we had planned for Cullercoats
Wish You/We Were Here/There…
This exhibition, curated by Sumi Perera, illustrates the Power of the Postcard. This is Phase I of a 3 part exhibition, and will be travelling to, The Liechtenstein Cultural Centre in 2021 as soon as can be arranged
Harley has produced a unique work Shine On, especially for this exhibition.
'The 10g challenge' is a partnership between the Milwyn Foundry and the Royal Society of Sculptors. The exhibition will take place later in 2121. www.milwyn.co.uk
I shall be showing 'Ajija' in the exhibition 'In Plain Sight', a The London Group exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. The show will be on from the 20th March until 8th May. An element is hidden in each piece of work waiting to be discovered by the viewer.
The d'Artagnan Show will take place at the Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, in November 2020.
This exhibition unites four acclaimed bronze sculptors, who are connected not only by material but through a shared foundry in Hertfordshire. Each sculpture exhibited will be a unique piece, created using the lost wax process.
Harley will present several small unique bronzes. With Terry Jones, Paul Bonomini and Steve Hodgson
Feelings for Murmuration was on show at the APT Gallery www.aptstudios.org in December 2020. Thanks to Jillian Knipe for the curation. 'Clymdych' Ceramic and wire, on show in the window and 'Adaxka' , wood and blue paint on the gallery floor. Also showing sculpture by Sheila Vollmer and paintings by Anna Jeong Seo
This Stuff Matters is a collective of four established women sculptors: Alexandra Harley, Gillian Brent, Sheila Vollmer and Jill Gibson. They first met as a group in 2019, participating in an experimental mixed group show Testing 123..... at Unit 3 in London, curated by John Bunker. They have an exciting program of upcoming events, including an exhibition at the Cullercoats Gallery in Tyne & Wear, and the release of a recorded panel discussion. Please visit This Stuff Matters for further information.
Installation views: Opening Matters, a group exhibition by This Stuff Matters (January 2019). Photography by Peter Griffiths.