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Artist based in London, UK


Sophie Cunningham (b. 1992, West Midlands, UK)

Cunningham’s sculptural interventions are a critical exploration of the irrational psychology behind the expediency and disposability of Western shopping habits. In a world of low costs, fast trends and carefully orchestrated return policies, her work interrogates the pervasive ways in which fast-fashion brands embody throwaway attitudes of mass consumption to the detriment of everything else.


Solo Exhibitions

Systems at The Seams, The Stone Space Gallery, London, 18 March - 9 April, 2023

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

Designed for Life, London College of Fashion, London, 2 October 2023 – 19 January 2024

Baggage Claim, Staffordshire Street Gallery, London,17 February – 5 March 2023

Bottleneck, Hartslane Gallery, London, 9 - 11 February 2023

East London Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition, Nunnery Gallery Bow Arts Trust, London, 20 January – 19 February 2023

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, 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

INTER(TWINE), Supernormal Gallery, Singapore, 2 February 2018

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

Commissioned Sculpture

Collaboration with London Collage of Fashion x East London Art Prize:

Durational sculptural performance 'Tin Foil Ghost' for exhibition Designed for Life, 22 November – 20 December 2023

Collaboration with charity Migrant Help:

Temporary large-scale public sculpture for refugee awareness week at Southbank, London, 20-22nd June 2023

Press Coverage


Gilbert Bayes Award, Royal Society of Sculptors, 2023

East London Art Prize Shortlist, BowArts, 2023

John Kinross Scholarship, Royal Scottish Academy, 2015 


UAL Central St Martins, Artist Talk 'Empty Basket' for MA Fashion Histories & Theories, 11 October 2023
Whitechapel Gallery, 'Sophie Cunningham in conversation with Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Design for Social Change at London College of Fashion (UAL) Dr Francesco Mazzarella', 3 August 2023

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


'Mementos for the Supply Chain’ at MicroActs: 13 Film screening at The Elephant Hotel, London, December 2022

Academic Appointments

Lecturer at South Essex College, UAL BA (Hons) Photography, January 2024 - Present
Associate Lecturer at UAL, Central St Martins, Foundation Diploma, September 2021 - October 2023

Visiting Tutor at Birmingham City University, BA (Hons) Photography, September 2021 - June 2023


Floorr Magazine, Issue 27, Interview by Simek Shropshire, 2021

Autre Magazine, Hyperstitious Garments: A Treatise on Sartorial Immortality, 2022


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 

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