Anna Reading (b. UK, 1987) won the 2018-19 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.
Reading was selected from 270 applicants from across mainland UK, by a panel comprising Clare Lilley, Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Cathie Pilkington RA, Rebecca Scott, artist and Mark Tanner Trust and Frances Richardson, winner of the MTSA 2017/18.
There was an extremely strong shortlist of eight artists selected for interview; shortlisted artists were Liam Fallon, Rich White, Tabatha Andrews, Elly Thomas, Jessie Flood-Paddock, Lynn Fulton and Chris Dobrowolski.
Reading’s work comprises sculpture, animation and installation to explore the unsettled position of the body within controlled and synthetic surroundings. Referencing human-made objects and environments, the works appear familiar and puzzling at once, existing between organic and architecture, ancient and futuristic, decay and regeneration.
Reading works in London and is a graduate of MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art (2017), where she received the Siva-Finestone Scholarship, and BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central St Martins (2010). Reading recently held the position of Artist in Residence at Academy for Visual Arts, Hong Kong and Artist in Residence at Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark. She is a Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 Artist and the winner of the Creekside Open Award 2015. Recent exhibitions include; Cloud Concrete, Unit 1 Gallery, London, POND, Kaitak Gallery, Hong Kong, Loop, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London, Object 77B, LG London, Sequin in the Dustrag, Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark and Five Minutes, The Koppel Project, London.
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials.