Artist based in London, UK



Sophie Cunningham's work is an exploration into the irrational psychology behind the expediency and disposability of western shopping habits. In her most recent project ‘Empty Basket’ she creates sculptural arrangements using low-cost clothing ordered online, which last the duration of the retailer's return policy. When the sculpture ends, she sends the clothes back with a photographic reminder of the sculpture placed in the return parcel to push her artwork directly into the supply-chain. She orchestrates these absurd activities to critique and provoke discussion of over-consumption.


Sophie Cunningham (b. 1992, West Midlands, UK) is a London-based artist. She is currently studying MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, after graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2015, where she was awarded the RSA John Kinross Scholarship. Recent exhibitions include 'Empty Basket' at Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent (2020), along with group shows 'Social Fabric' curated by Pa/Do Curatorial (2021), ACCESS at DeptfordX, London (2021) and ‘Ways and Means’ online at (2020). 


V&A, Guest Speaker for 'Live Conversations: Designed to Make a Difference' 30 June 2021


Floorr Magazine, Issue 27, Interview by Simek Shropshire 

Solo Exhibitions

Empty Basket, AirSpace Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Stoke-on-Trent, 17 - 30 August 2020

Selected Group Exhibitions

Systems at the Seams, Installation at Goldsmiths Degree Show, London, 21-26 July 2022

Tilt, Collaborative Show with Ali Glover, 310 NXRD, London, 2 - 13 September 2021

Social Fabric, 100 Shandy Street, London, 5 - 6 June 2021

ACCESS, Deptford X, 9 Brookmill Rd, London, 12 - 19 April 2021

Ways & Means, Skelf virtual project space, (online), 22 July – 20 October 2020

Goldsmiths MFA Open Studios, 2 Deptford Church Street, London, 13 - 14 March 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19) Installation available to view:

INTER(TWINE), Supernormal Gallery, 101 Desker Rd, Singapore, 2 February 2018

Beyond The Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China, 19 - 25 September 2015

Glasgow School of Art Degree Show, Tontine Building, Merchant City, Glasgow, 13 - 20 June 2015

Curated Exhibitions 

Strange Lands, Group Show, Shotgun Studios, London, 15 September - 13 October 2017​


Royal Scottish Academy, John Kinross Scholarship, Florence, Italy, October 2015 


Hospitalfield, Interdisciplinary Residency, Arbroath, Scotland, May 2018



Goldsmiths, University of London MFA Fine Art, 2019 - 2022

Glasgow School Of Art, BA Fine Art Photography, 2011 – 2015