Alison Unsworth

Alison Unsworth has been creating sculptures, prints, public works and interventions for over ten years. Her practice focuses on the built environment, with a particular interest in urban design and ways in which the built environment is perceived by those living within and around it. Much of Unsworth’s recent work has concentrated on the generic and ‘placeless’ elements of the urban landscape, creating work that looks at sameness and generality, becoming almost the opposite of a site-specific piece of work. She depicts urban landscapes that appear simultaneously familiar and unknown, whether through her digitally composited imagery that apes the computer realisations of the architect and town planner, her meticulously drawn images of public monuments showing all the scars of age and vandalism or in her 3D sculptures that use the urban materials such as tarmac and yellow traffic paint.


Alison Unsworth lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne, and is represented by Vane Contemporary Art. Recent exhibitions include Fuse Works: Multiples and Editions, CCSU Art Gallery, New Britain, Connecticut, USA (2011) and A room inside them, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, (2009). Recent commissions include an interior wall drawing at South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy (2012) and Promenade, an outdoor digital video installation at South Shields seafront, South Tyneside (2010). Alison was born in Preston, UK, in 1977. She studied BA Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts from 1995 – 98 and MA Fine Art at Northumbria University from 2001 – 2002.