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
I am delighted and honoured to have been shortlisted for the Ashurst Prize with my sculpture Adaxka, above. https://www.artprize.co.uk/shortlist-2021.html The show is on from the 16th June 2021 to 29th October 2021, at Ashurst's Emerging Artist Gallery, in London. Ashurst, London Fruit & Wool Exchange,
Duval Square, London E1 6PW, UK
The London Group have created a collaborative audio visual experiment which can be found at http://www.thelondongroup.com/weaving-in-the-dark/ I contributed the recordings of a breaking piano, enjoy. This will be on show in the crypt of St. Johns Church during the Waterloo Festival, May2nd - 25th June.
I have a sculpture on show in Coming up for Air, an outdoor sculpture exhibition taking place in St Johns Churchyard Waterloo, as part of the Waterloo Festival. May2nd until 25th June. http://thelondongroup.com/exhibitions/cufa/index.php
Selected by Sigrid Kirk, my sculpture Rraff will be in the Royal Society of Sculptors summer exhibition 28th June -19th September. https://sculptors.org.uk/whats-on/2021/exhibition/coming-soon-summer-exhibition-2021
Three of my sculptures have been on show with the Open Art Exchange, Schiedam, Netherlands who will exhibit them at the Hague Art Fair 29th September- 3rd October https://artthehague.nl/engels/. https://www.openartexchange.com
This Stuff Matters will be showing at the Exchange Place Studios in Sheffield 15th-17th October 2021 and will be organising a chaired discussion 'Women in Abstraction' www.stuff-matters.co.uk
The online show made during Lockdown and curated by Jill Gibson can be found at
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 27th August - 30th October. An element is hidden in each piece of work waiting to be discovered by the viewer.
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 d'Artagnan Show will take place at the Cello Factory London, in November 2021.
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
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.
The London Group was set up in 1913 by thirty two artists including Walter Sickert, Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, David Bomberg, and Henri Gaudier Brzeska. Today, it is a thriving democratic artists’ collective, practicing in all disciplines, with an exciting international programme of events and exhibitions.
Since her election in 2018, Harley has been an active member of the society and participated in various London exhibitions.
The Brancaster Chronicles are a series of recorded discussions made on the occasion of exhibitions of abstract painting and sculpture. Harley was a founding member of the project in 2013.
Each Chronicle is organised, transcribed and filmed by the relevant participating artists, and shown with photographs of the work to recreate the environment in which it was initially discussed.
The Royal Society of Sculptors was founded over 100 years ago in 1905 to champion contemporary sculpture. It remains an artist-led organisation that supports and connects sculptors throughout their careers.
Alexandra Harley has been an active member since her election in 2000. She served a term on the Board of Trustees 2017-2020 and has been selected for several member-only exhibitions.
Free Painters and Sculptors was established in 1952 and played a significant role in the establishment of London's abstract art scene in the 1950’s and 60’s, originally in association with the Institute of Contemporary Arts. This revolutionary ethos continues today among its diverse artistic membership.
Harley is a regular participant in FPS' biannual exhibitions at renowned central London galleries.