Born in Melbourne. Lives and works in Brunswick Heads.
Alison Allcock is developing her practice in the visual arts, especially sculpture. In 2017 her work was selected for inclusion in the SWELL Sculpture Festival at Currumbin, Queensland and her first major solo exhibition, Exchange, was held at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in 2018.
Alison’s inspiration starts with objects around her, contemplating their stories and their social, political and environmental contexts. From old fence posts, rusty tools, core samples and plastic bling, the Australian landscape speaks of history and lives, fused with life ways in transition and an unknown future.
She transforms her materials and objects through a process of partial destruction and reconfiguration, cutting, splitting, burning and painting to give objects alternative meanings. Mystery is added when fragments are wrapped or veiled, familiar objects are playfully transformed. The results invite the audience to participate actively in the story.
Alison uses performance to highlight her concerns, including Dinner Alone (in collaboration with Chris Knowles) 2016 and Suspense (2018).
She has previously exhibited in Lismore, Canberra, Brunswick Heads and CUBE Mullumbimby. In both 2014 and 2017 she won the Sculpture Prize at the Ocean Shores Art Expo and her work is held in various private collections.
In 2015 she studied sculpture in New York, exhibiting in the Pratt Institute Accreditation Exhibition and at Java Project, Brooklyn. She was one of a six member team that installed Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #990, documented in the LeWitt Catalogue Raisonné.
Since returning to Australia Alison has focussed on creating new work that describes life on the North Coast of NSW, however, Alison’s experience in New York continues to inform her practice.
Born in Melbourne, Australia
Lives in Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia
Exchange Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre
These are not readymades! CUBE Mullumbimby.
Brunswick Heads Nature Sculpture Walk
Ocean Shores Art Expo
SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Queensland
SWELL Smalls Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters Qld
Spirit of the Land, Ocean Shores Art Expo, Ocean Shores NSW
Transit > Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW
Documentary Premiere > Brunswick Heads Picture House
Postcards > CASE Exhibition, Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby, NSW
Dinner Alone > collaborative work and performance with Chris Knowles, SCU Lismore
Be Serious > Java Project, New York
Accreditation Exhibition > Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
Member of installation crew for Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #990, Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Institute New York
Wild Things > Ocean Shores Art Expo, NSW
Brunswick Heads Nature Sculpture Walk > Brunswick Heads, NSW
Home > Ocean Shores Art Expo
Lost in the void > Canberra Institute of Technology
Publications & Press
In Search of jd
Blue Gum No. 2, 2015, ISSN 2014-21-53, Observatori: Centre d’Estudis Australians, Australian Studies Centre, Universitat de Barcelona. Visit Website.
Fine Arts Students Complete Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Installation on Campus
Installation team for Wall Drawing #990, included in the Sol LeWitt catalogue raisonné. Visit Website.
Ocean Shores Art Expo a Winner
Byron Shire Echo 1 September 2014. Visit Website.
Awards & Grants
International Exchange Scholarship to Pratt Institute — Brooklyn, NY, Spring Semester 2015.
Centre for Australian Studies, University of Barcelona. Scholarship to travel to Barcelona and undertake an independent research project, November and December 2014.
First Prize, Sculpture category, Ocean Shores Art Expo 2014.
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Southern Cross University, NSW.
Exchange student to Pratt Institute — Brooklyn, NY, Spring Semester 2015.
Certificate IV Visual Arts, Canberra Institute of Technology, 2013.
MSc (University of Surrey UK)
BEd (University of Sydney)
GDip (University of Technology, Sydney)