Victoria Art Gallery – Sophie Ryder

4 April - 10 June 2009

Sponsored by The Framing Workshop, Bath; supported by The Roper Family Charitable Trust and MTEC.


One of Britain's brightest and most innovative young sculptors, Sophie Ryder returns to Bath after a gap of a decade with this show of new work. Many people will remember that large minotaurs and hares made from bronze and wire that populated the city in 1999.

In her new work, Ryder is less concerned with narratives involving a cast of several characters. Now the focus is much more on single figures and, more particularly, their inner states of being – often reflected by the enclosed or encircling poses that they adopt.

These inner states include sleeping, dreaming, watchfulness, withdrawal and self-protection. They reflect the artist's concern for recent events that have had a global impact, such as 9:11 and the ever present threat from terrorism and environmental disasters.


Also incuded are giant wire drawings and sculptures of hands and eyes, isolated from their anatomical contexts. These pieces underline the humanity that lies at the core of Ryder's work, even in the 'hybrid' figures that are half animal and half human.


An illustrated catalogue is available price £6.50. View the online catalogue here.


TALK: Sophie Ryder in conversation with Jon Benington Friday 8 May, 7.00-8.15pm. Tickets £6/£5 from 01225 477244.


View a press release here


Visit Sophie Ryder's website



Image: Sophie Ryder, The Kiss

Sophie Ryder, The Kiss

Image: Sophie Ryder, Curled Up

Sophie Ryder in the studio with Curled Up


Image; Sophie Ryder in the studio with Kiss

Sophie Ryder in the studio with The Kiss


Image: Sophie Ryder, Curled Up, 2006

FOR SALE Sophie Ryder, Curled up, 2006.

Bronze, edition of 100, 3.2 cm high x 5.5 cm long
Price £390


Sophie Ryder, Curled Up, print

FOR SALE Sophie Ryder, Curled up, 2009.

Etching with chine collé, edition of 70, 42 x 59 cm.

Donated by the artist to raise funds for the Victoria Art Gallery

Price £360 unframed


Sophie Ryder, Blue Eye 3
Sophie Ryder, Blue Eye 3