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Edward Allington: Beyond Retrospection by Judith Winter

Edward Allington (1951–2017) was part of a generation of artists responding to changing aesthetic, social and cultural values through the 1980s. A sculptor, writer and educator, Allington came to prominence following the group exhibitions ‘Objects and Sculpture’ (1981, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and Arnolfini, Bristol) and ‘The Sculpture Show’ (1983, the Hayward Gallery and Serpentine Gallery). As he stated: ‘Sculpture is looking at real things by making real things. It is making poetry with solid objects,’ he encapsulated the essence of his artistic ethos. A pivotal figure amidst the evolving landscape of art, alongside contemporaries such as Tony Cragg, Richard Wentworth, Bill Woodrow, Richard Deacon, Anish Kapoor and Shirazeh Houshiary (to name but a few).

Taking a lead from Allington, who expressed his approach to making work, as a constant journey. A way of ‘moving and matching the complexity of the world,’ the presentation will be formed as a correspondence with the artist and those who helped shape the curatorial ethos and the exhibition, ‘Edward Allington: Things Unsaid,’ at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds in 2020. Beyond a retrospective showcase, this exhibition served as a testament to Allington’s enduring relevance, prompting a poignant inquiry into the curator’s role in preserving artistic legacies whilst ensuring that art lives on and remains a vehicle for contemporary and future dialogue.

‘Edward Allington: Things Unsaid’ was held on 25 October 2019 – 23 February 2020 at the Henry Moore Institute and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds and was curated by Judith Winter in collaboration with the Estate of Edward Allington.

Winter, J. 2021. Allington, Edward Thomas (1951-2017). In Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, B. (eds.) Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford: OUP [online], article ID 90000380161. Available from:

‘Edward Allington: things unsaid’. Exhibition held on 25 October 2019 – 23 February 2020, Henry Moore Institute and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery at Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds.

Winter, J. (2018). Edward Allington (1951–2017): In Memory of a Sculptor, Writer and Educator. Sculpture Journal, 27(1), 13.

Judith Winter (Dr phil) is an independent curator, writer and lecturer in critical and contextual studies, Gray’s School of Art, Scotland. Her current research focuses on art school reform and contemporary curatorial practices. She studied sculpture at Central/St Martins School of Art and Sculpture Studies at the University of Leeds. It was here that she met Edward Allington, working with the artist on gallery and off-site projects. Allington proved to be a significant influence and mentor and opened up opportunities to work as a curator and writer.




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Edward Allington: Beyond Retrospection by Judith Winter

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Edward Allington, Heraclitus DXLIYA, 1992, ink and emulsion on ledger paper and canvas, 183 x 122 x 6 cm. Photo Courtesty The Estate of Edward Allington.

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