ABOUT GRACE

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.

Exhibitions

2019
The Royal Academy Summer Show, London
2017
'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.
2016
'National Open Art 2016' The Mercers Hall, London
2011
'Contemporary Turner' Herne Bay Museum & Art Gallery (solo show)
Caxton Contemporary Gallery, Whitstable
2009
Drawings, Droit House, Margate (solo show)
Turner Contemporary Open, Margate
2006
Drawn to Ruin, Canterbury Museum and Art Gallery
2005
Against The Light, Gallery 47, London
Chichester Painting and Drawing Open
2005
Canterbury Arts Festival, Canterbury Kent
2004
Manchester Academy Summer Open
1998
SPITFIRE, Stoke Newington Gallery, London
1997
The Sculpture Trail, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
'The Art of Recycling' The Courtyard Gallery, Hertford
1996 
SITEGEIST, St Johns Hospital, Canterbury

Awards & Nominations:

2017

CPD Award, The Worshipful Co. of Glaziers and Glass Painters

2005

The Ashton Hill Award, The Worshipful Co. of Glaziers and Glass Painters

Major Commissions:

2019

Tom's Window, St Peter's Church, Bridge
2014

Diamond Jubilee window, St Mary the Virgin, Little Houghton
2009-2010

Turner Contemporary Drawing Commission/Residency

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