Artist based in London, UK


Sophie Cunningham (b. 1992, West Midlands, UK) graduated from BA Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art in 2015 and was later awarded the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship. Her work has been shown internationally, including the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China (2015) and participated in the Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Residency (2018) in Arbroath, Scotland. She is currently studying MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. 



Cunningham makes work that plays on the mechanisms of contemporary consumer culture, which is, more and more, sustained by the internet and social media. Cunningham orders quantities of fast fashion items online then uses these to stage durational sculptures. The work finishes when Cunningham returns the clothes to the online retailer within the return period. This mischievous strategy questions the economics of being an artist, as well as an online shopper.


Photography is central to Cunningham’s practice, as a means to record these temporary sculptures, and through using commercial photography as a source material. Cunningham reworks and subverts images of clothing that is highly desirable, but also highly reproduced and disposable with processes such as screen-printing and collage.

Selected Exhibitions


INTER(TWINE), Group Show

Supernormal, Singapore

2 February 2018


The Flood, Solo Exhibition

The Grace and Clark Fyffe Gallery, Glasgow

Sponsored by Lush Cosmetics and RSA

20 - 22 November 2016

Beyond The Camera, Group Show

Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

19 - 25 September 2015

PIN UP, Solo Exhibition

Lush Cosmetics, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

19 - 21 September 2014

SO FAR SO GOOD, Group Show

WASPS Studios, Hanson Street, Glasgow

24 - 30 April 2014

GARDEN, Collaborative Show with Sebastian Mary Tay

Studio 41, West Graham Street, Glasgow

2- 7 June 2013

Curated Exhibitions 


Strange Lands, Group Show

Shotgun Studios, London

15 September - 13 October 2017

Awards & Residencies



Interdisciplinary Residency, Arbroath, Scotland 

May 2018


Royal Scottish Academy

John Kinross Scholarship, Florence, Italy  

October 2015





MFA Fine Art

2019 - 2021

Glasgow School Of Art

BA (First Class Honours) Fine Art Photography

2011 – 2015


Loughborough University

Art and Design Foundation (Distinction)

2010 – 2011

 © Sophie Cunningham 2020