Ever Grainger is an artist who blends a sculpture practice with an interest in cultural and social heritage. Underpinning this is an ongoing studio practice exploring the formal, material and sensory properties of sculpture and a study of the engagement and exchanges at play between the art object and viewer.
She studied a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, graduating 2003. Early work on graduation was selected for New Contemporaries and subsequent residencies were invited for New Art Gallery Walsall and Cultural City Network, Graz.
She undertook an MA in Photography at LCC, University of the Arts London, focussing on 'the photograph as object' graduating in 2009. Work was subsequently added to the UAL public collection and featured in exhibitions including the Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden.
After moving to the Isle of Wight in 2008, Ever undertook a 2 year residency in 2010 with the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust. Work created there was added to the public collection of the National Media Museum.
From 2016, she began a period of investigating the production of sculpture responding to the geology and coastline of the island, as well as experimenting with the possibilities of working with garden spaces. Skills were acquired in metal-work, woodwork, mould-making and casting and a workshop set up to facilitate the development of larger exterior work.
In 2018 a small 18th Century cottage was identified as a potentially sustainable place to incorporate her sculpture and installation throughout. The resulting practice experiment, ‘Ever Garden’ is planned to open to visitors from spring 2021.
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