Grace Ayson is an artist based in Ramsgate in the UK. Her work combines striking modern draughtsmanship with traditional craft and technique.
Her drawings are concerned with light and its effects on architectural spaces. This interest in the living, moving effects of light and its impact on the viewer has found its ultimate expression in her work as a glass artist.
Grace’s modern glass work draws on her extensive knowledge of traditional and modern techniques and materials gained from her experience working as a stained glass conservator. Essential to her working practice is her background in fine art, which gives a sense of expressive spontaneity to her work.
Alongside her work as an artist, Grace is a glass painter and conservator at the highly regarded Cathedral Studios, based at Canterbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom. In 2005 she was the winner of the Ashton Hill Award, given by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Glass Painters, allowing her to pursue a career in stained glass conservation.
The Royal Academy Summer Show, London
'National Open Art Exhibition', Barge House, London
'Afternoon Tea' Chiara Williams Gallery, Margate
'Drawn to Light: The Hidden Cathedra'l (solo show), The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and Canterbury Cathedral Crypt.
'National Open Art 2016' The Mercers Hall, London
'Contemporary Turner' Herne Bay Museum & Art Gallery (solo show)
Caxton Contemporary Gallery, Whitstable
Drawings, Droit House, Margate (solo show)
Turner Contemporary Open, Margate
Drawn to Ruin, Canterbury Museum and Art Gallery
Against The Light, Gallery 47, London
Chichester Painting and Drawing Open
Canterbury Arts Festival, Canterbury Kent
Manchester Academy Summer Open
SPITFIRE, Stoke Newington Gallery, London
The Sculpture Trail, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
'The Art of Recycling' The Courtyard Gallery, Hertford
SITEGEIST, St Johns Hospital, Canterbury
Awards & Nominations:
CPD Award, The Worshipful Co. of Glaziers and Glass Painters
The Ashton Hill Award, The Worshipful Co. of Glaziers and Glass Painters
Tom's Window, St Peter's Church, Bridge
Diamond Jubilee window, St Mary the Virgin, Little Houghton
Turner Contemporary Drawing Commission/Residency