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Alice Irwin

MA work

Game of Knowledge

My theme is snakes and ladders. In ancient times the game represented your life’s journey and, as you progressed up the board, you met with virtues and vices that helped or hindered you. Now, of course, it is played by children everywhere.

The installation will be showing screen prints and etchings along with sculptures, playing with the imagination. Each of my recent exhibitions at Flowers, Sid Motion, CGP London and East of Elsewhere in Berlin have built upon each other and led up to this body of work.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Print, 2018

  • I explore contrasting experiences of childhood in my work. I want to convey the naïvety we
    possess as children, but also to express the message of human identity. I want people from
    all nations to embark on experiences that the different forms of my work suggest, kindling
    memories of childhood and play.

    The feelings created by my work will be different for different people. I want some aspects
    of it to be playful, naive and comical, whilst others will be more thought provoking. My work triggers a variety of familiar experiences that may take you down memory lane, to the ways in which you played as a child and felt as a child.

    My work offers sensual contrasts: parts feel tactile; others create kinetic experiences in the
    mind. There are visual contrasts designed to stimulate different kinds of memory, and there are recurring motifs that may take different forms. The hand is three fingered, three having many associations. For example, past, present, future; birth, life, death. Simple forms reference the human condition as well as modern technology.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, City and Guilds of London Art School, 2016
  • Experience

  • Project based residency, Griffin Gallery, London, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Hold your horses, hold them, and never let them go, CGP London Gallery, London, 2018; Play on repeat, Sid Motion Gallery, London, 2018; I contain multitudes, East of Elsewhere, Berlin, 2018; Like Literally, Hockney Gallery, London, 2017; AKAA, Contemporary Art and Design Fair, Paris, 2017; Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, Brocket Gallery, London, 2017; NOPE, Bankside Gallery, London, 2017; Mono, Flowers Gallery, London, 2017; OutPut, CGP Gallery, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • Contemporary Art Trust Prize, Bankside Gallery, London, 2017; Norman Ackroyd Etching Prize, City and Guilds of London Art School, 2016; Anthony Dawson Young Printmakers Award, Bankside Gallery, London, 2015; The Arts Club: Charitable Trust Award, Bankside Gallery, London, 2014