Approved: 18.08.2014

Jessica Wetherly

Artist, Maker, Teacher, Technician

Approved: 18.08.2014

Artist Statement

A London based sculptor, Jessica’s work navigates the blindness of an anthropocentric society where conflicts of natural and artificial, animate and inanimate, technology, machine, body, come in to question. Curious critters appear in surreal landscapes with a sci fi aesthetic that exposes a certain agency as we face the end of the Anthropocene and unravels a potential in the disorientation associated with the loss of the future. Her work is intuitive and playful using a range of everyday materials which are worked in a way that reflects her background in traditional sculpture techniques of modelling, moulding and casting. Jessica is a QEST Scholar and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture 2019. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, When the Moon Howls was a recent solo show in Weimar, Germany, 2023. In 2022, Wetherly presented Sink or Float at Aspex Portsmouth, They flower into deadly nightshade at Muse Gallery and made To be as light as the sky a public sculpture for Arte La Rapita. Wetherly was also selected for a solo show of International Residency 2020 at Bilbao Arte resulting in her show Tele.(gram) in 2021. She was the winner of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2019 and hold a GBA Award 2020 from the Royal Society of Sculptors. She has both public and private commissions including a permanent statue in Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth. 

CV & Education



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DOB    : 19/01/1989

E d u c a t i o n

2017-19           Royal College of Art  MA Sculpture  Battersea, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4A

2009-13           The Art Academy  Fine Art Diploma   164a Borough High Street, London SE1 4HR.      

2008-09           Central Saint Martins  Foundation in Art and Design Contextual Practice.            


E x h i b i t i o n s

Upcoming :

2020.4    Emergency, Apex Gallery, Portsmouth.

2020.3  Snakes and Ladders, Black Box Gallery, UCA, Farnham, Kent.

2020.2 LGM-1, The Function Suite, London E15.

2020.1     Wild Biyoo, The Tribe Goa, India

Selection of Previous : 

2019.12Worlds Between, Pill Box, Farnham, Kent.

2019.9  Through the Looking Glass, Lumen Gallery x Ugly Duck, London SE1.

2019.7      Pete the Monkey, Dieppe, France

2019.6     SHOW, Royal College of Art Kensington, London .

2019.5     National Sculpture Prize, Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, Devon, UK

2019.4  Testing Ground, Hockney Gallery, London W7.

2019.3     Dirty Hands and Revelations, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton Square E1 

2019.3     Dare to know, Dyson Gallery, London SW11.

2019.2     The Petting Zoo, Hockney Gallery, London W7.

2019.1     Merz-hibition, Courtyard Gallery, London W7.        

2018.12 If all else fails, Fieldworks Gallery, Visual Arts Center, Austin, USA.

2018.11 It sounds like Cher, Center Space, Visual Arts Center, Austin, USA.

2018.10 Sandcastle, Shed 1, University of Texas Austin, USA

2018.06 Supercult, Hockney Gallery, London W7.

2018.04 Expanded Museum, Courtyard Gallery, London W7.

2018.01 WIP, RCA Sculpture, Howie Street, London SW11.

2017.05 October Moon, Menier Gallery, London SE1

2016.09  /W^NDER/.1, 5th Base Gallery, London, E1

2016.09 Concours d’Elegance, Windsor Castle, Windsor.

2016.05 FACE, Royal Opera Arcade, London.

2016.05 QEST, Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Castle.

2015.09 HUMAN: SCALE, Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes.

2015.03 The Eternal City, The Underdog Gallery, Bermondsey, Greater London.

2014.07 Kingston Art Festival, All Saints Church, Kingston-Upon Thames.

2014.05 A Given Structure, Bath Arts Fringe, Union Street, Bath.

2014.03 Site-Sight, RK Burt Gallery, Union Street, Southwark, London SE1.

2013.12 Shunt, Shunt, Bermondsey, London. 


R e s i d e n c i e s & C o m m i s s i o n s 

2020    Bilbao Arte Grant + Residency, July-December. Spain.

2020     Korai Project Space, March-May. Nicosia, Cyprus.

2020     Wild Biyoo, The Tribe Goa, India, January.

2019     Merz Residency, July, Ambleside, UK

2019     Winner of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, Devon, UK

2019     Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton Square, February - March, London, UK

2018    UT Fellowship Austin, Texas, August - December, USA

2018     Merz Barn Summer School, July, Lake District, UK

2017    Greece Research Residency, September

2016     Sri Lanka Research Residency, November, October Moon.

2016     Sail British Coastline Project, September, Norfolk Broads.

2016     Lambeth Council, Archbishop’s park – Public Sculpture

2015/16W^NDER Research Residency, November - February, Central America.

2015     NADFAS Scholarship, QEST

2015        Westbury Arts Centre Residency, July-September, Milton Keynes.

2015     Aviva Insurance, Hoxton Square – Digital Suite artworks

2014        Rome Art Programme at British School, July, Italy.

2014     Chester Council, Baron's Quay commission – final 3

2014     Solihull School, Chapel forecourt commission – final 3

2013        Balustrades and Chandelier Sculpture, Anna Patrova

2013        Nes Artist Residency Artist Community in Skagastrond, May, Iceland.

2012        Honorary Artillery Company, Private External artwork.

2012        Studio Residency for a year, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark.


W o r k  E x p e r i e n c e


2019 Gemma Clancy Art Department Props Dresser 

2019 Kate Trevessey Graphics Assistant         


2013/19 The Art Academy / Mermaid Court, 

Borough High Street. SE1 1HR.

Sculpture Tutor on the Diploma in Fine Art. Corporate team builds, evening classes in drawing and sculpture. Short Course courses for Adults and Young Artists.


2017     Cityscape Digital  / Photoshop 

Architectural Visual Artist, using Adobe 



2016/17 Mark Richards  / Ludlow, Herefordshire. 

Sculptor’s Assistant


2014/17 The Art Academy / Technician.

Moulding and Casting student work, hollowing ceramics and studio organisation


2016    Stanton Group Studios /, Ludlow, 

Shropshire, SY8 2AE Co-founder of Stanton 

Group Studios co-deliver program of events and workshops.


2016     Yinka Shonibare   / London E8 4QL.

            Sculpt, mould and cast lifesize figures 

to specification.        


2016     Jonathan Wylder  / Oxfordshire OX10 

Sculptor’s Assistant 


2015/16 Nigel Hughes / Film Scenic Painter 

Assistant Scenic Artist involving mixing colours, painting 100ft + canvas’, driving cherry picker. eg. Cinderella, Junglebook


2015     Circulum Sculpture / Hammersmith 

W6 0TQ. Moulding and Casting Services for Artists, Interior designers and Madame Tussauds.


2015     Creative Connections  / 5 Glasshouse 

Walk, Vauxhall, SE11 5ES. Artist, illustrator and facilitator for corporate meetings and team building events at various times venues across London.


2015     British Museum  / Great Russell Street, 

London WC1B 3DG

Providing custom-built classes in sculpture related to the current exhibition for the Friends and Young Friends Events.


2014     Architect’s Assistant / Geblertooth 

Architects / 62 Glentham Road, SW13 9JJ. Director’s assistant, I worked developing designs for individual projects. CAD/Vectorworks Technician. Duties included technical drawings, site-surveys, planning applications, research and evaluation, visualisations on photoshop, website development and online profiling.