Mike Abbott and Kim Ellwood


Mike Abbott and Kim Ellwood live and work together, by the sea and moor just outside St Ives in Cornwall on the north coast in West Penwith one of the most spectacular pieces of coast in the country, with its incredible light, beautiful sea and wild landscapes.

'Our work comes from the places and things we like - the beach, coastal walks, a paddle on our boat, a trip to far off lands… the things we see around us that trigger responses - a piece of coloured paper picked up, an old scrap from a junk shop, plastic washed by the sea, the colour of a wall with sun on it.' Their one-off hand printed figurative metal sculptures explore narrative themes, loosely drawn…. individual characters emerge through the process of making, using images hand printed onto metal and found objects to tell a new story, creating objects with humour and pathos! Their contemporary collection of hand printed figurative brooches, with themes including the garden and the sea, are made to wear, to display and, hopefully, to bring a smile! Their work can be found in many public and private collections and is widely exhibited internationally.

Education   
1986-88  MA, Royal College of Art
1982-85  BA (Hons), Newcastle Polytechnic
1981-85  BA (Hons), Middlesex Polytechnic

Awards
Setting up grants, Crafts Council
Jugend Gestaltet, Prize for jewellery
Bursary, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Platimun Award, 1st prize
Production Grant, Greater London Arts

Selected recent exhibitions
2012
  Smile – the Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre, curated by Mary La Trobe-bateman
2011  Handwerkskammer fur Munchen und Oberbayern, Munich
Smile at Kings Lynn Arts Centre – Norfolk
Origin – Spitalfields, London
Smile at Shire Hall Gallery – Stafford
Smile at Mission Gallery – Swansea
British Craft Trade Show – Harrogate
Smile at Black swan, Frome – Somerset
Smile at Harley Gallery – Welbeck, Notts
2010  Javitts Centre, New York
Ruthin Craft Centre, curated by Mary La Trobe Bateman
Artisitic Toys – Handwerkskammer fur Munchen und Oberbayern, Munich
2009  Origin the Crafts Council event at Somerset House
The British Craft Trade show, Harrogate
The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey
Lustre, Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
2008  Lustre – Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
This Fruitful Earth – Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall
British Craft Trade Show – Harrogate
Showcase – Yorkshire Sculpture Park
ORIGIN – The Crafts Council event at Somerset House
2007  ‘Origin’: The London Craft Show
Solo exhibition Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
Victoria and Albert Museum Showcase, London
2006  Medici Gallery, London, Christmas Exhibition
‘Origin’: The London Craft Show
2005  ‘Shared Creativity’, CAA London
2004  A Winters Tale, Crafts Council Shop and the V&A, London
‘Tales of the Unexpected’, Showcase exhibition London
2003 ‘On the Beach’, Alexander Gallery, Brighton
‘Recollections: Drawing from Childhood’, Leeds Gallery
2002  New York International Fair, New York
‘Text Messages’, Rufford Craft Centre, Notts
‘Inhorgenta’, Munich
2001  Gallery Tactus, Broaching the Home Copenhagen, Crafts Council/British Council
‘Verleidelijke Confrontatie’, Contemporary Art Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2001  ‘Fired with Colour’, National Museum of Scotland, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scottish Gallery
2000  ‘Print Works’, Rufford Craft Centre, Notts
‘Tresor im Sommer’, Hamburg, Germany

Commissions
Crafts Council, London
Courtaulds Institute Manchester
Priors Court School, Berkshire
Director of British Museum, London

Public collections
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
British Council
Crafts Council Collection, London
Craft Study Centre, Farnham
Norwich Museum
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Shipley Art Gallery & Museum, Gateshead
Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York  

Exhibitions

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