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
Alexandra Harley's sculpture Ledr has been selected for the Wells Art Contemporary.
The virtual exhibition for this prestigious international competition opens on the 1st of October 2020.
Wish You/We Were Here/There…
This current 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 later this year.
Harley has produced a unique work Shine On, especially for this exhibition.
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.
Murmuration, an exhibition curated by Jillian Knipe, will be showing at APT Gallery in Deptford London 10th-20th December 2020.
Details will follow shortly.
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.