Professor Ann Sutton MBE

Born:                  North Staffordshire, England

Lives and Works:       West Sussex

Won:                   All art prizes at school

Failed:                Art O-level




1951-56                Cardiff College of Art

1956-63                Full-time lecturer in Weave, West Sussex College of Art, Worthing

1960                   Visitor, Cardiff College of Art

1961-68                Student, then tutor, Basic Course (Thubron, Frost, Dalwood etc) and Kenneth Martin, Glamorgan Summer School, Barry

1963-65                Part-time lecturer: Croydon College of Art

1967-74                Part-time lecturer: North Oxfordshire School of Art, Banbury

1968                   Guest lecturer, Leeds School of Art (Harry Thubron)

1970                   Won joint 1st prize: “Sculpture ’70”-Welsh Arts Council Competition

                       V&A purchased and commissioned 16 prints on paper and aluminium for solo show: “Textile Images on Paper”, Victoria & Albert Museum (Circulation Dept)

1974                   Logical colour scheme for Keble College, Oxford. Architects:Ahrends, Burton & Koralek

1977-88                On Contemporary Art Society committee

1979                   Offered two-year residency: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1983                   Buyer (paintings/sculpture) for Contemporary Art Society

                       Buyer of Craft for CAS

1983-present           Buyer of art for private clients.

1985                   Large solo exhibition: commissioned to show relationship of weave to the Constructivist collection in Norrkopings Konstmuseum, Sweden (Southern Arts and British Council)

1988-90                Member of Government Steering Group “PerCent for Art”

1989                   Initiated the internationally first walking “Gallery Trail”, Arundel Festival (50 temporary art galleries)

1990                   Consultant: Public Art: Southampton Art Gallery refurb (National Award)

1990-94                Trustee: Oxford Artists Group: Chiltern Sculpture Trail

1991                   Awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.)

1992-95                Board Member: Southern Arts (Regional Arts Board.)

1996                   Consultant: Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester (new gallery: advising, commissioning, buying art)

2003                   National 1st prize: Fine Book Binding Award: BPIF Book Awards

                       Lead Artist at The Point Eastleigh Borough Council(Architects Burrell Foley Fischer) Phase 1

2004                   Solo retrospective exhibition: Crafts Council, London and touring

2005                   Founded Site Editions (editions of sculpture for gardens)

                       Created Professor by the University of the Arts, London 2005

                       Created Senior Fellow: Royal College of Art 2005

                       Created third Artist Patron: Contemporary Art Society 2005 (with Anthony Caro, Bridget Riley)

2010                   Lead Artist at The Point, Eastleigh Phase 2

2010-present           Studio research: painting, leading to drawing, leading to spatial drawing

2014                   Solo exhibition, curated by Gill Hedley. ‘Counterpoint’ at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art London

2015                   Solo exhibition within ‘Collect’, Saatchi Galleries, London. (Invited)

2016                   Studio research: material combinations, based on the mesh.

2016                   Represented by Taste at Art Genevre

2016/18                Solo exhibition “Off the Grid” touring UK public galleries, including Gallery Oldham, Lancashire, The Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent and the Winchester Gallery, University of                              Southampton

2017                   Gave the Fielding Talk “Rebel with a Cause” for the Crafts Council, at St Martin in the Fields, London

2018                   Included in “The most real thing: contemporary textiles and sculpture” NewArtCentre, Roche Court

2021                   Four works purchased by Tate for inclusion in their permanent collection