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Painting (MA)

Sophie Goodchild

Sophie Goodchild (b.1993, Chester) is an artist based in London.

She is a recent graduate of the Alternative Art School, School of the Damned (2019), and is due to study a term abroad, post RCA, at Kyoto City University of the Arts in the School of Craft in Contemporary Dyeing and Weaving.

She has been awarded Artist in Residence at Troy Town Art Pottery, August 2021 where she will be producing a new body of ceramic work for her first Solo Show at Flatland Projects in Bexhill, September 2021. She is recipient of London Bronze Casting Editions 2021 and was a finalist in last years Ingram Prize, 2020.

Upcoming shows include:

2021 Underpinned by the movements of FREIGHTERS, The Florence Trust, curated by Joe Moss, London, UK

2021 Locus Amoenus, Curated by Sophie Goodchild and Sam Hanner, The Function Suite, London, UK

2021 Solo Show (title tbc), Flatland Projects, Bexhill, UK

Past shows include:

2021 Final, Not Over- Again, Unit 1 Gallery, London, UK

2021 20 seconds or more, Young Space Winter 2021, Co curated by Sim Smith and Kate Mothes, Young Space, Online

2020 Pending, San Mei Gallery, Brixton, London

2020 The Ingram Prize, London, UK, Online

2020 Model Village, curated by Hot Desque, Swiss Church, Covent Garden, London, UK

2019 All Was Vibrating Fur, School of The Damned End of Year Show Part 2, Limbo Limbo, London

2019 All Vibrating Fur, School of The Damned End of Year Show Part 1, Civic House, Glasgow 

2019 Sinc, School of the Damned interim show (touring), The Tetley, Leeds, UK

2019 Sinc, School of the Damned interim show, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, UK




Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Painting (MA)


Sophie’s practice infuses the fragility of existence within the non-place, non-linear space between human and non-human. An enquiry into the otherworldly through the leading foot of the intuitive strange, linking the rural, the environmental, the mythological, the political, the folkloric and the historical. Combining traditionally hand-crafted techniques such as felting, ceramics and weaving, she explores and responds to a new ecological vision in opposition to the capital. A space to imagine an alternative history and an ineffable future.

The physicality of the body in the making of structures take centre stage: craft, repetition, trust, territory and rhythm. There is a pollination of information that infects and spans from work to work, in the fusing and preserving act of making.

Her making is embedded in the roots of materiality; saturation and sensation as translation. Embellishing layers as screens as cracks, through texture and density, the making is tidal in structure, embodying natural peaks and valleys in both the stitch and pixels combined. An entangled order.


Material as universal. Making as ambition. Making as challenge- always.


The other aspect of craft work is concerned with artwork, the realization of a hope for a lawful and enduring nature. Other elements, such as proportion, space relations, rhythm, predominate in these experiments, as they do in the other arts. No limitations other than the velo of the material itself are set. More than an active process, it is a listening for the dictation of the material and a taking in of the laws of harmony. It is for this reason that we can find certitude in the belief that we are taking part in an eternal order – Black Mountain College Bulletin 5. 1938. Reprinted in College Art Journal III:2. Janurary 1944, pg. 51-54 and in Anni Albers: On Designing. 1959 and 1971.


Tonsils shrinking to seeds and lungs to cores — lambs wool, bronze, steel 500cm x 300cm, 2021 Photography: Luc Schol / Bronze patination: Derek Bayley / Metal work: Milan Tarascas
Detail of, Tonsils shrinking to seeds and lungs to cores — lambs wool, bronze, steel 500cm x 300cm, 2021 Photography: Luc Schol / Bronze patination: Derek Bayley / Metal work: Milan Tarascas
Detail of, Tonsils shrinking to seeds and lungs to cores — lambs wool, bronze, steel 500cm x 300cm, 2021 Photography: Luc Schol / Bronze patination: Derek Bayley / Metal work: Milan Tarascas
Detail of, Tonsils shrinking to seeds and lungs to cores — lambs wool, bronze, steel 500cm x 300cm, 2021 Photography: Luc Schol / Bronze patination: Derek Bayley / Metal work: Milan Tarascas
Detail of, Tonsils shrinking to seeds and lungs to cores — lambs wool, bronze, steel 500cm x 300cm, 2021 Photography: Luc Schol / Bronze patination: Derek Bayley / Metal work: Milan Tarascas
Sediment — hand dyed cotton and pewter, 63 x 41 cm, 2021 photography by Luc Schol
Whirl o' Dark Seam of Woven Land, Whirl — lambswool, pink Iranian onyx, wood, steel, 110cm x 130cm, 2021 photography by Luc Schol
Whirl o Dark Seam of Woven Land, Whirl — lambswool, pink Iranian onyx, wood, steel, 110cm x 130cm, 2021 photography by Luc Schol
Come Lay Down Your Aching Limb — ceramic, 23cm x 30cm, 2020 photography by Luc Schol
Install of Sediment and, Whirl o' Dark Seam of Woven Land, Whirl — (left to right) hand dyed cotton and pewter, 63 x 41 cm, 2021 lambswool, pink Iranian onyx, wood, steel, 110cm x 130cm, 2021 photography by Luc Schol
They Say There is Both Strength and Danger Among Closeness — lambswool, aluminium, pink Iranian onyx, 130cm x 130cm, 2020 photography by Luc Schol
Install of They Say There is Both Strength and Danger Among Closeness, Sediment, and Whirl o' Dark Seam of Woven Land, Whirl — (left to right) lambswool, aluminium, pink Iranian onyx, 130cm x 130cm, 2020 hand dyed cotton and pewter, 63 x 41 cm, 2021 lambswool, pink Iranian onyx, wood, steel, 110cm x 130cm, 2021 photography by Luc Schol
Reheating the Soufflé — lambswool, steel, wood, plastic bottled, exhibited on a hand made raft on The Grand Union Canal, London, 215cm x 121cm, 2020
Reheating the Soufflé (Model Village) — Install shot of Reheating the Soufflé in, Model Village- curated by Hot Desque, 2020
Reheating the Soufflé (detail) — lambswool, steel, wood, plastic bottled, exhibited on a hand made raft on The Grand Union Canal, London, 215cm x 121cm, 2020
Reheating the Soufflé (Model Village) — Install shot of Reheating the Soufflé in, Model Village- curated by Hot Desque, 2020

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