Sophy King studied 3D Design (wood, metal, ceramics and glass) at Manchester Metropolitan University, before specialising in glass at the International Glass Centre in Stourbridge. She worked for the glassmaker Michael Kramer at Kito in Bremen before moving to London to the studio of Danny Lane, where she worked in his 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 her own studio in London Fields, Hackney where she began to work on commissions for councils and public bodies using mainly concrete and glass. 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 the concepts and theories behind urban planning and regeneration as well as planting systems and became influenced by the works of Nigel Dunnet and Piet Oudolf. She worked as a Landscape Architect, trying to use these concepts in regeneration contexts, but found that the corporate system was unwieldy, and unreceptive to risk. 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.
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