Sophy King

Art, Landscape, Environment


I am an Environmental Artist working in both the urban landscape and the natural world. My work is concerned with the relationship between people and their environment. My participatory pieces involve events and installations that allow people to make connections to their space and each other.

My work plays on the tension between our control and lack of control over materials and the environment.

I work in many materials: glass, wood, steel, slate, concrete. I often use modern industrial processes in my public realm work. Glass and gold leaf manipulate light with reflection and refraction forming a link between air and solid. Other materials I work with have contrasting absorption. Interplay with light connects materials with time, night and day, seasonality and the passing of the years, creating a rhythm in space. Plant materials continue the relationship with light. They lend an organic unpredictability that creates tension in combination with more monumental materials. The use of plants is a balancing act between control and freedom.

I use digital collage, photography and printmaking to express proposals and ideas. These two dimensional works are a more personal iteration of the concepts in my head, where bringing large peices into physical existence requires collaborative and collective effort and expertise.



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


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

2005                 BRONZE MEDAL                                         Show Garden RHS Tatton Park


2016                 Birds of Passage                             RSPB Sculpture Trail, Fairhaven Lake

2015                 Reach Art Project                            Designs for Lytham St Annes Promenade

2014                 Reach Art project                             Community Engagement Program

2013                 Our Museum                                    Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Participatory artwork

2012                 Allery Gallery                                   Co-curator: pop-up gallery, Manchester

2010-11            Landscaping and Murals                  Stockport Women’s Aid, communal gardens

2007-8             Landscape Architect                          Stephen Martlew Landscape Architecture

2003                D.N.A                                                 Nuffield Hospital; public artwork

2000                Wave                                                 Saltash, Cornwall; public artwork

1998                Sundial                                              Mile End, London; public artwork


2007                 BLA Landscape Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University

2006                 Graduate Diploma (Landscape Architecture) MMU

1994                 Glass Technology, International Glass Centre, Stourbridge

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


2017                 MONO                                                            PS Mirabel, Manchester

2015                 MANIFEST                                                     ArtWork Atelier, Manchester

2012                 ALLERY GALLERY                                      Pop-Up Gallery, Manchester

2008                 BIG GREEN WEEKEND                             Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

2003                 ART OUTSIDE                                              Windsor Great Park, Surrey

2001                 FRESH AIR 2001                                         Quenington Sculpture Trust, Glos.

1999                 FIELD                                                             Martello St. Studios, Hackney

1998                 WHITECHAPEL OPEN                               SPACE Studios group exhibition

1996                 NEUES GLAS                                             KITO Art Gallery, Bremen, Germany

1995                 NEW CONTEMPORARIES                        Taipan, Taiwan