About Ann Carrington
Ann Carrington studied at Bourneville College of Art, Birmingham and The Royal College of Art graduating in 1987. In 1988 she received The Herbert Read Award, followed by the Commonwealth Fellowship for Sculpture in 1992. Two major Arts Council of Great Britain awards followed in 1994 and 1997.
In 2010 Ann was invited by the United Nations to help raise awareness of current issues through her artwork – her first art work for The UN was presented at the UN Human Trafficking conference in Luxor Egypt, December 2010.
Ann has exhibited worldwide and fulfilled many private and public commissions including the large scale public artwork Manhattan Mettle which was unveiled at The W Hotel, Hoboken, USA in 2011. In 2008 Ann was the winner of a national competition to produce a major new bronze artwork for Margate sea front. The sculpture, Mrs Booth, is sited in front of The Turner Contemporary.
Ann was commissioned to make The Royal Jubilee Banner for the Queen in celebration of her diamond Jubilee. The Royal Jubilee banner hung from the stern of the Royal Barge ‘The Spirit of Chartwell’ as it made its journey up the River Thames from Battersea to London Bridge on the historic occasion of the Thames Diamond Jubilee procession 3rd June 2012. The Royal Banner was recently purchased by The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, one of the great twelve livery companies of London and now hangs permanently in the Haberdashers’ Hall, West Smithfield.
In 2014 Ann produced commissions for The Waldorf Astoria, The Alpini Gstaad, and The Chiltern Firehouse, followed by her solo show Pom Pom Pompadour at Paul Smith’s Mayfair gallery in March 2015. August 2016 saw ‘Pop goes the Weasel!’ – a large retrospective exhibition of Ann’s work – open at the Royal College of Art, Kensington, London. The centrepiece of the exhibition, Devil’s Trumpet, a floral sculpture fashioned from cutlery, was acquired by the V & A for their collection and is now on permanent display in the Silver Galleries.
In the Summer of 2017 Ann was invited to show her pearl galleon at The Royal Academy Summer show. The Rothschild Collection also hosted an exhibition ‘Power and Portraiture’ at Waddesdon Manor which featured Royal portraits including Ann’s seminal artwork ‘Pearly Queen of Shoreditch’. This was followed by Ann’s solo show Super Brew at Paul Smith’s gallery in Mayfair.
2018 – Ann will be heading to Houston, Texas to execute a huge magnetic mural of a city skyline from scrap metal.
Collections / Commissions
Victoria and Albert Museum, Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, Rothschild Collection, Royal College of Art, United Nations, Chiltern Firehouse, Royal Mail, The David Ross Collection, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Issey Miyake, Lilly Saffra, Duke of Westminster Collection, Levi Strauss, Dunhill, Andre Balazs, DAKS, Elton John, Sir Paul Smith, Lulu Guinness, Donatella Flick, Agent Provocateur, The Commonwealth Institute, Fred Segal, Tyra Banks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Waldorf Astoria, Mercury Telephones, Patricia Glenn, David Tang, Citibank, Clarks, National Trust, Mars, W Hotels, Novogratz, The New Gallery of Modern Art, Moscow.