Sophy King

Art, Landscape, Environment


Sophy King studied 3D Design (wood, metal, ceramics and glass) at Manchester Metropolitan University specialising in glass.  She worked for the glassmaker Michael Kramer in Bremen before moving to London where she worked in Danny Lane’s glass furniture and public art fabricating workshop.  This exposure to large engineering projects inspired her to change scale from the domestic to the public. 

She set up a studio in London Fields, Hackney and worked on commissions for councils and public bodies. As Hackney became more gentrified she moved back to Hulme, Manchester at a time when the creative energy she had encountered while at college was being systematically dispersed. 

Always interested in the environmental movement she completed a post-graduate BLA in Landscape Architecture, studying urban planning and regeneration as well as planting systems, becoming influenced by the works of Nigel Dunnet and Piet Oudolf.  She worked as a Landscape Architect, trying to use these concepts in regeneration projects, but found the corporate system unwieldy, and reactionary.  She returned to an art context, making work that treads a line between art and landscape, interested in the relationship that other people have with a space, and the control or lack of control that we as a society can have on our environment.

She is currently studying for a Masters in Fine Art at Manchester Art School





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