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

  • Dear Mrs. King,

    My name is Vincenzo Meoli and I am in charge for Paesaggi Migranti press and external relationships. I am contacting you to present our residency, with the hope you will find it interesting for your collaborative and interactive practice.

    Call for artists in residency:

    Paesaggi Migranti/Migrant Landscapes is organising an artist residency in Pennabilli, a beautiful hamlet in the Italian countryside from March 8 to 12.

    We are therefore hiring 4 experts to develop a proposal and realize it within an international workshop. We welcome application from experts in

    1. Architecture / Land Art
    2. Design / Crafts
    3. Storytelling / Communication Design
    4. Visual, Sound / Performing Arts


    About us:

    PM/ML is promoted by a young group of European professionals involved in architecture, design, graphics, performing arts, history and pedagogy.

    The aim of our project is to promote a public debate around landscape through research and art languages and activating participatory processes. Our operational centre is Pennabilli, a small town in the wonderful Valmarecchia Valley, in Italy.


    Info at :

    To download the call :

    We hope this can interest you. Thank you for the attention.

    Warmest Wishes,

    Vincenzo Meoli
    Paesaggi Migranti Coordination Team

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