Avril Wilson

Avril Wilson

arts research University of Brighton

Avril WIlson studied 3D Design at Brighton Polytechnic followed by an MA Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design. She set up her practice in 1987 at Red Herring Studios Brighton and for 20 years made sculptural metalwork for public spaces and gallery exhibitions primarily in forged and fabricated steel. In 2004 Wilson was the first female artist-blacksmith to be awarded a bronze medal by The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in recognition for her contribution to architectural metalwork.

Wilson’s current studio practice and research interests explores how the interplay between image, material and process affect interpretation of place and notions of identity. 

Recent work, produced between 2010 and 2013 for two solo exhibitions, incorporates photography, drawing and making 3D objects. The work primarily investigates a relationship between material status and records of place often related to her connection to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Wilson is a Senior Lecturer on MDes & BA(Hons) Design and Craft - University of Brighton, where she is Area Leader for Metal and Year Tutor. A trans-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning underpins her engagement with course development and teaching strategy which has been informed by undertaking a CETLD research project ‘See What Happens - the value of creative experimentation through materials’. (2007 - 09 co-project leader with Cynthia Cousens)