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Sophy King


tel: 07736438161

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I’m a multidisciplinary environmental artist, investigating the nature-culture continuum through examination of and immersion in a place.


I work with found natural and man-made materials, installation, print, photography, film and sound, using these to examine our experience of the world with a pared-down aesthetic. Walking and mapping are integral to my research into narratives of place, time and human interaction with the non-human; communities and ecologies.


My practice considers the Anthropocene/Planthropocene, Deep Time and Vibrant Matter, examining ecological systems and phenomena in relation to the climate crisis. For several years I have been concerned with moss, fungi, earth, peat, wildfires and water. I’ve looked at peat moors and lowlands around Manchester; investigating their social, economic, and ecological context; exposing the nature of our relationship with our environment. I’m currently exploring ideas about small-scale urban rewilding and sustainability at Rogue Artist’s Studios in Manchester.


My work is entangled with the site-specific, deriving from particular qualities and characteristics of place, whether urban or rural. This develops into narrative, or leads to materials, intervention or image. My practice acknowledges that no place exists or evolves without the species and cultures that inhabit and shape it over time.



2022-23 Para-Lab; science/art research collaborations:

Working groups ‘Moss Colliding’ looking at the confluence of ecology and particle physics and ‘Soil Core’ investigating the ecology of soil and archives at the UK Centre of Ecology and Hydrology


2021-23 Rogue Rewilding

Interventions to increase biodiversity around Rogue Artists Studios and the wider Gorton community.




2023 Meadow Arts Commission Award, Worcester Open Climate Change Edition

2021 LBxan Artists Bursary

Bursary awarded by the Liverpool Biennial, a-n Artists Network and Open Culture to develop an audio-visual piece about water and open water swimming.

2006 Landscape Institute Award Landscape Architecture GDip Exhibition, MMU

2005 Bronze Medal Show Garden RHS Tatton Park




2023 Groundwork Gallery: Extraction Residency

#thegroundbeneathourfeet Program of residencies and exhibitions addressing Extraction, in association with Groundwork Gallery and The Grange Projects; aiming to foster collaborations and future environmentally focussed projects in the Norfolk region


2021-22 SUSTAIN Digital Artist Exchange

Digital residency with a focus on low-carbon artmaking; commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK and Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, Aarhus, Denmark. Co-author with Heidi Nikolaissen of The Checklist – artists resource for low-carbon websites


2018-9 Moors for the Future, Edale, Environmental Art Residency


2018 CAMP, Aulus-les-Bains, France Residency/workshop with Nils-Udo


2016 I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, USA Environmental Art Residency



2019 MA Fine Art (Distinction), Manchester School of Art

2007 BLA Landscape Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University

1992 BA(Hons) 3D Design (wood, metal, ceramics, glass) Manchester Polytechnic



2023 THE GROUND BENEATH OUR FEET Groundwork Gallery, Norfolk

2023 CLIMATE.EMERGENCY.HOPE The Turnpike Gallery, Leigh

2023 WORCESTER OPEN The Art House/Pitt Studio, Worcester

2022 PARALAB REPORT Seesaw Space, Manchester

2019 MA/MFA HOME, Manchester

2019 CATALYST Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester

2019 BORDERLINE Curator and exhibitor, Leaf, Manchester

2017 PROOF Robert Burt Gallery, London

2016 RESIDENCE(residents) I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, USA



2023-4 The Whitaker Museum Site-specific artwork to be installed March 2024

2022 The Checklist Resource for artists to lower website’s carbon emissions

2018 Talk to the Trees Community engagement, Lead Artist, Preston

2016 Birds of Passage Public Artwork, RSPB Sculpture Trail, Fairhaven Lake

2014 Reach Art Project Public Artwork design for Lytham St Anne Promenade

2013 Our Museum Participatory artwork, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

2003 DNA Public Artwork, Nuffield Hospital, Leeds

2000 Wave Public Artwork, Saltash, Cornwall

1998 Sundial Public Artwork, Mile End, London


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