Approved: 06.10.2015

Sophy King


Approved: 06.10.2015

Sophy King is a multidisciplinary artist looking at the intersection between human activity and the environment.

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Artist Statement

Sophy King is a multidisciplinary artist looking at the intersection between human activity and the environment.

Her practice considers the concept of the anthropocene and deep and shallow time. She pursues an understanding of ecological systems, processes and phenomena in relationship to social concerns about the climate crisis.

Her work explores the tension between control and chaos inherent in our interventions in the landscape; questioning the dysfunctional nature of the relationship we have with our environment.

She works with film, sound, maps, walking, photography, drawing, sculpture and installation.

Recent projects focus on the dysfunctional nature of the relationship we have with our environment; investigating the social, economic, political and ecological context of peat moorlands and lowland bogs around Manchester, through conversation with geologists, ecologists and conservationists; working with materials sourced from these locations.

During the lockdown she has begun to work with sound and video to explore cold water swimming and how it affects our perspective and perception of ourselves in relation to the nature-culture continuum.

CV & Education

Sophy King                                                CV

tel 0773 643 8161 email: [email protected]    instagram @sophykingart


Awarded a bursary by the Liverpool Biennial, a-n Artists Network and Open Culture to work on an audio-visual piece about water and swimming; Adjusted Horizons


2021                 LBxan Artists Bursary                            Liverpool Biennial, a-n and Open Culture

2006                 LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE AWARD          L. Arch. GDip Exhibition, MMU     

2005                 BRONZE MEDAL                                        Show Garden RHS Tatton Park


2019                 MA Fine Art (Distinction), Manchester School of Art

2007                 BLA Landscape Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University

1992                 BA(Hons) 3D Design (wood, metal, ceramics, glass) Manchester Polytechni       


2019                 MA/MFA                                HOME, Manchester

2019                 MANIFESTATION                Rogue Project Space, Manchester

2019                 CATALYST                           Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester

2019                 BORDERLINE                      Co-curator and exhibitor, Leaf, Manchester

2017                 MANIFEST 2017                  ArtWork Atelier, Manchester

2017                 PROOF II                              Robert Burt Gallery, London

2017                 MONO                                   PS Mirabel, Manchester

2016                 OPEN STUDIOS                  I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, USA

2012                 ALLERY GALLERY             Co-curator: pop-up gallery, Manchester                


2018              Moors for the Future, Edale                 Environmental Art Residency

2018                 CAMP, Aulus-les-Bains, France                Residency/workshop with Nils-Udo

2016                 I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, USA      Environmental Art Residency

2013                 Our Museum                                                Residency, Paul Hamlyn Foundation


2018                 Talk to the Trees                            Community engagement, Lead Artist, Preston

2016                 Birds of Passage              Public Artwork, RSPB Sculpture Trail, Fairhaven Lake

2015                 Reach Art Project             Public Artwork design for Lytham St Anne Promenade

2013                 Our Museum                           Participatory artwork, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

2003                 DNA                                                    Public Artwork, Nuffield Hospital, Leeds

2000                 Wave                                                 Public Artwork, Saltash, Cornwall

1998                 Sundial                                               Public Artwork, Mile End, London