Antonia Spowers (1934 - 2020)

 Antonia Spowers was born in Yorkshire and lived in many places before moving to Wales in 1996. For many years she lived on the edge of the Black Mountains.

Her work ranged over a wide variety of materials. Their physical properties were important to her and their ability to embody and express ideas. The work related to landscape in the broadest sense, whether natural, urban and man-made or the interior world. Buried layers, whether underground or under the microscope, also fascinated her.

For some time the properties and behaviour of water were specific themes. Continuity and connection also figured but recently she had started to explore Erosion and ideas of disconnection and imperfection.


Drawing was important to Antonia Spowers though not always as a base for sculpture. Recently she had been drawing hands with a friend and found it both inspiring and addictive. Paper, glass and acrylic were materials she started to explore when working on water themes as their different properties have watery affinities.

Antonia Spowers' work ranged from commissions and gallery work to residencies both in Britain and overseas.

Born: Knaresborough ,Yorkshire, England.
Clyro, Powys, Wales.



1996 Welding for artists,Westminster College, London, W.2.
1977-82 Sculpture, Adult Education, Camberley.
1951 Sculpture in Florence with Giunio Gatti.
1950 Painting in Paris with Andre Lhote and Souverbie.


Solo exhibitions:

2014 Not Quite Cloned installed at Elgee Park Sculpture, Australia.
2013 Erosion.  Sculpture and drawings, Waterfalls Centre, Pontneddfechan.
2012 The Muse at 269, London.
2010 MOMA, The Tabernacle Gallery, Macynlleth with Bill Swann, the Circle Squared.
2009 Newport Museum and Gallery with Bill Swann, the Circle Squared.
2006 The Washington Gallery, Penarth.
2005 MOMA, The Tabernacle Gallery, Macynlleth.
2002 Beatrice Royal Gallery , Southampton.
2000 Life of Water, Brecknock Museum, Brecon.
1999 Theatre Clera, Welshpool.
1998 Unfolding, Red House Museum, Christchurch.
1998 Unfolding , Allen Gallery, Alton.
1996 Schumacher College, Dartington, Devon.
1996 Orleans House, Twickenham.
1995 Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park.
1995 Sub-Tropical Garden, Battersea Park.


Group shows:

2015 Barcode at National Botanic Garden of Wales with Sculpture Cymru.
2015 Kidwelly 900 at Kidwelly Castle with Sculpture Cymru.
2015 London Art Fair with jaggedart.
2015 Six Hands with Martina Jirankova-Limbrick at the Mid-Wales Arts Centre, Caersws.
2015 The Welsh Group, Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil.
2015 Inspiring Women , New Leaf Gallery, Monmouth.
2015 The Welsh Group, Dusseldorf.
2014 Lumen Prize Show, FCA, Canary Wharf, London.
2014 Journey, Sculpture Cymru, Arts Central, Barry.
2014  56 Group, Pierhead Gallery, Cardiff.