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Acme Studio, Deptford, London SE8 [2007-now]

The Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
Associate Member MRBS [2002-now]
Board Member [2003-2007]
The Art Academy, London
Head of Sculpture [2013-now]
Head of Sculpture Short Courses [2013-now]
Senior Tutor [2002-now]
Head of Professional Development [2005-2008]
Head of Part Time Students [2004-2007]
Resident artist [2002-2007]

Greenwich Community College, London
Part Time Tutor - Drawing, Pastels, Painting [2005-now]

Lewisham College, London [part time 2004-2006]
Post Graduate Certificate in Education certified by Canterbury Christ Church University

Byam Shaw School of Art [Central Saint Martins], University of the Arts, London
MA in Fine Art [2001-2002]

Vermont Studio Center, USA
Residency fellowship [2001]

New York Studio School, USA

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Graduated Merit Award for Sculpture [1997-2001]
Scholarships [1998-2000] 

Exchange programme to Slade School, London [2000]
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New York Academy of Art, USA
Continuing education [1997]
Les Ateliers Beaux-Arts, Glaciere, Paris
Les Ateliers Beaux-Arts, Montparnasse, Paris

Les Ateliers Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris

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Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre, Paris
Kensington and Chelsea Art College, London

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Website Food

".......Christy's work has evolved. She is now making original and powerful sculpture. Symington is unafraid to experiment and to explore new possibilities. She has produced a substantial body of work. While the work is varied it is linked together by a concern for and an interest in the natural world. At it's core her work is about the eternal cycle of life and death, growth and decay.....she has struggled to find herself, and its a joy to see the gradual emergence of the rich potential she possesses...."
Garth Evans, Sculptor

".........Christy Symington's work has changed considerably since I first experienced it, it has been through several dialogues, over the years her thoughtfulness and integrity to sculpture has shone through. She continually tries to push the limits in the work yet sometimes holds back, only to finally push the work further at the end. She is developing her visions and unique set of questions. She needs to be taken seriously, sometimes her easy going manner is deceptive. Ultimately she is a very serious artist......"
Graham Nickson, Dean of the New York Studio School / Painter  top ^

".........Christy Symington has produced a huge body of work. She has worked diligently to acquire the needed skills to involve herself with the language of sculpture. Symington has exhibited her work in a number of exhibitions in New York City. As a very active and intelligent member of the artistic community Christy Symington has demonstrated her commitment to sculpture and the visual arts. In short she distinguishes herself by her commitment and articulate sculpture....."
Ed Smith, Guggenheim Fellow in Drawing and Sculpture, Bard College

".....The most complete and original work was a relatively large cast plaster, amorphous shapes by Christy Symington. It was a surprise to see that Symington had, more or less, left the figure behind in this show. The shapes were more opened and self-assured. The process a highly tactile one. I got a sensibility that was challenging traditional modes of formal expression, moving away from the rigidity of academic expectation, and into an exploratory aesthetic distance; yet the presence of these forms was evident along with the absence....."
Robert C. Morgan, Author and Critic; "The End of The Art World"

"Her prowess as a gifted, disciplined and mature sculptor and draughtsman are a refreshing alternative in a world where two-dimensionality or cyberspace are trendier. Agile in her medium, always in search of new texts, textures; the essence of form or creation which she bathes or leaves undressed. Her work is audacious, exploratory and quite sublime at times......"
JA VAZQUEZ, Independent Curator; Manners Fine Arts

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Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool


The Art Academy, London

Marist College Art Gallery, New York, USA

Black Cultural Archives

Stephen Lawrence Centre

Deptford X

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Tiger Time

Vermont Studio Center, US

New York Studio School, New York

Gihon River Collective

Golden Fleece Films

Uncooked Culture

The Threadneedle Prize

Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York

Ranthambore Foundation Tigers, India

Taller Boricua, New York

David McKee Gallery, New York

Byam Shaw School of Art [Central Saint Martins], University of the Arts, London

The Society of Portrait Sculptors, London

Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition

The Slade School of Fine Art, London

The National Arts Club, New York

Pangolin London

Liquid Jigsaw - web design & animation

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Further Information

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Christy Symington MRBS is a London based sculptor.  She is a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (Council Member 2003-2007) and Head of Sculpture and Senior Tutor at The Art Academy London.  From 1996 Christy studied traditional figure sculpture and life drawing in Paris at Les Ateliers Beaux-Arts Montparnasse and Glaciere, Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre and L'ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts and previously at Kensington and Chelsea College, London.  Following this she spent 4 years in New York and graduated in 2001 from the New York Studio School with Merit Award for Sculpture, during which she was the selected sculpture student for the exchange programme to the Slade School of Art, London.  Returning to London she took her MA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw [now Central St Martins], University of the Arts London.  She has a PGCE degree (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from Lewisham College certified by Canterbury Christ Church University and teaches and mentors in several UK art colleges and schools.  Exhibits regularly in the UK and overseas.

Selected and Invited Exhibitions


MESSUMS WILTSHIRE ‘HEADS’, Tisbury, Wiltshire   


International Slavery Museum 'Ink and Blood: stories of abolition' 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition, National Museums Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool


OLAUDAH EQUIANO Bronze sculpture
Acquisition for Permanent Collection: 
International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, National Museums Liverpool
Transatlantic and Contemporary Slavery Project - Collecting Cultures Acquisition funded by Heritage Lottery Fund


Young Masters Prize Tour 2017 with Cynthia Corbett, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London 

bullet The Society of Women Artists (SWA), ‘156th Annual Exhibition’, Mall Galleries, London 

ArtSlant – Sculpture Category Winner in 7th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase 


Celeste Prize 2017 9th edition by Fatos Ustek – Editor’s Choice    

bullet The Columbia Threadneedle Prize Mall Galleries, London Preselect

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture RSA Open, Edinburgh Preselect 


Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Preselect  


Uncooked Culture ‘One Bare Foot Square’, Chiangrai Rajabhat University, Thailand


SPACE / LCN London Creative Network Showcase '#OlaudahEQUIANO in BLACK and WHITE #BlackHistoryMonth' curated with words by Tontxi Vazquez, Hackney, London


Walmer Castle 'Uncooked Culture Spring Art Showcase', Notting Hill, London


London Creative Network / SPACE Studios.  Selected participant for 6 month professional artist development programme with London Creative Network (LCN), Hackney, London E8


Stephen Lawrence Centre Gallery, SCULPTURE & SPOKEN WORD for Stephen Lawrence [13.9.74 - 22.4.93]'
Solo exhibition with invited poets Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets and Caleb Femi, Young People’s Laureate 2016
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bullet Black Cultural Archives: ‘Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar’, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF
Featured portrait sculpture of OLAUDAH EQUIANO

Outsider Art Gallery Amsterdam, The Hermitage, ‘One Bare Foot Square’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 


Black Cultural Archives: ‘Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar’
Black Cultural Archives: ‘Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar’, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London SW2 1EF
Featured portrait sculpture of OLAUDAH EQUIANO - Exhibition extended until 4 June 2016
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Conway Hall, ‘Slavery and the Shaping of British Culture’ talk by Prof James Walvin, London WC1  

bullet Deptford X Fringe 2015, 'Deptford Conversations', 1 of 24 projects selected by Janette Parris, St Nicholas Church, Deptford, London SE8

Stephen Lawrence Centre Gallery, ‘OLAUDAH EQUIANO MAN AND BROTHER’, Deptford, London SE8 - Solo Exhibition information

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bullet Uncooked Culture, 'Circus Terminal’ – Touring: Matchbox Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand – NZ FRINGE Festival 2014
Also in Thailand, Suriname, France and Slovenia
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APT Gallery, ‘Creekside Open 2013’, Deptford, London SE8, selected by Paul Noble [Turner Prize Nominee 2012]

bullet London West Bank Gallery, ‘Circus Terminal Worldwide Routemasters’, 43 international artists [Featured Artist]

Uncooked Culture, 'Circus Terminal’ – Touring: Studio B, Boyertown, Philadelphia, USA / Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Zoological Society London, London Zoo, Regents Park – Sculpture commission: Permanent sculpture of a lifesize swimming ‘Tiger Going For A Swim’ for inauguration of the new ‘Tiger Territory’ enclosure


Pangolin London, 'SCULPTORS' DRAWINGS and Works on Paper'
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Uncooked Culture, 'Circus Terminal - Touring: The Tabernacle, London / Impaktes Visuals, Barcelona, Spain / Chateau Corbin, Liverdun, France / Sangdee Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand  

Marist College, ‘AVRIL / SYMINGTON’, Poughkeepsie, New York

Tiger Gala Dinner Auction, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London


Uncooked Culture, ‘Check Your Package’ , Online show: www.uncookedculture.com

What To Dip [Raw Material], Chiang Mai Uni Art Center, Thailand
Assorted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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‘COPY0909’ by Gihon River Collective, [33 Intl Artists & Writers], Notting Hill, London  [Chief Curator & Exhibitor]

Ana Tzarev Gallery, 57th Street, New York, USA – Freedom to Create Prize
320 Gallery, ‘Mindsoup 2010, London
South London Gallery, ‘Michael Landy: Art Bin’, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize 2009, London

Islington Arts Factory, ‘IfyoudON’TLikeThewaYTHEShiPISruN…’, London
Museum of London Docklands, ‘Equiano’s Epigrams’, London
London Wetlands Centre, ‘Love London Recycled Sculpture Show 2009’

‘1984: 25th Anniversary Exhibition’ Kowalsky Gallery at DACS [Design and Artists Copyright Society], London


The Great American Women’s Sculpture Park, ‘Red White & Blue…Gone Green’, Woodrock, New York
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Threadneedle Figurative Prize, The Mall Galleries, London

Royal West of England Academy [RWA], “156 Autumn Exhibition 2008”, Bristol

Auction Atrium, London Exhibition and Online Auction October 2008
Deptford X, “10th Anniversary”, Deptford, London
Art London, ‘”10th Anniversary”, London with Thirteen Langton St Gallery

London Zoo ‘Love London Recycled Sculpture Show 2008’        

Thirteen Langton Street Gallery, ‘Summer Exhibition’ Cricket Fine Art, London

Menier Gallery, ‘True Story – the faces and voices of a community’, London

Safe Hands for Mothers ‘Art for Life Auction’, Somerset House, London

YoumanNeeds’ Sculptures and Drawings by Christy Symington, (solo), Milton Gallery, St Paul’s School, London


Christie’s, London, ‘Art for Survival Wildlife Auction IV’ with DSWF

The Society of Portrait Sculptors, “Face 2007”, Cork St, London
Chelsea Art Society, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

‘SPECTRUM’ RBS Centenary Sculpture Exhibition, Abbey House, Wilts


‘To Do Justly, To Love Mercy: The Interesting Visual Narrative Life of Olaudah Equiano’, London


Brockley Public Art Commission, London – currently Shortlist Finalist

Kowalsky Gallery at DACS, Politics Pays Back!’, London

With an Object in Mind: Sculpture in the Garden 2006’, 7 sculptors, curated by Helaine Blumenfeld, VP of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, University of Leicester


‘Artists Choose Artists Choose Artists’, The Painting Center, Soho, New York


Chelsea Art Society, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3, UK


Exhibition at The Inner Temple Garden 2006, Victoria Embankment, London
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Sculpture in the Garden: a Celebration of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Centenary', University of Leicester


Shortlisted for Christopher Marlowe Memorial Sculpture, Deptford, London

‘New York Studio School Alumni’, New York

RKL gallery, ‘In Spiritus’, curated by Christina Chow, Brooklyn, New York

bullet Christie’s, London, “Art for Survival Wildlife Auction III” with DSWF
The Society of Portrait Sculptors 'Face 2004' Cork St, London
Chelsea Art Society, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
Artillery Architecture and Interior Design, “Evolution – Art and Environmental Exhibition”

Mill Dene Gardens, Blockley, Gloucs, UK

The Trinity Arts Guild, Holy Trinity Church, London

Royal West of England Academy [RWA], “152 Autumn Exhibition 2004”, Bristol
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Royal West of England Academy [RWA], “Open Sculpture” Triennial, Bristol

First Wave, (4 painters and a sculptor), The Space, London
The Art Academy, Waterloo, London
Chelsea Art Society, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
Christie’s, London, “Art for Survival Wildlife Auction II” with DSWF
The Society of Portrait Sculptors, “Face 2002”, Cork St, London
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National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NY, USA (Paul Manship Award)
Bay One Inaugural Exhibition, Brooklyn Piers, New York
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA

Taller Boricua Gallery, “Las Tres Christinas”, Spanish Harlem, New York

Mad River Post, Broadway, New York, USA (2 person)

The Great American Women’s Sculpture Park, Woodrock, upstate New York


First Street Gallery, 560 Broadway, Soho, New York

University of Bridgeport, “Figuratively Speaking”, Connecticut

BWAC, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, “Bridging The Gap”, Brooklyn, New York


Angel Orensanz Foundation Center For The Arts, New York (solo)

McKee Gallery, “Absolut Secret”, 57th Street, New York
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New York Studio School, 8th Street, New York
Cathedral of Erotic Miseries, “One-Off Gaze”, East Village, New York

Liz Christy Garden, East Village, New York, USA

Atelier des Beaux Arts, Montparnasse and Glaciere, Paris, France
Chelsea Art Society, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3, UK
Red Dot Gallery, London, UK

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