Alice Sharp is the founder, Curator and Director of Invisible Dust. She is based in London and has worked as a curator of artist’s projects in public spaces since 1997.
Bicycle Wheel 2011
Sharp curated ‘View Tube Art’ next to the London 2012 Olympic stadium for which Sharp devised Bicycle Wheel, a series of artist commissions with Gavin Turk and Ben Wilson, Kobberling&Kaltwasser, Colin Priest and the Bicycle Thieves. The artists created four person pedal powered vehicles, a finishing line sculpture for cycling races, 100 ringing bicycle bells and a play on BMX’s. Bicycle Wheel was inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, 1913 the first ready-made; that challenges the assumptions of what is art. It celebrated the joy of riding a bicycle whilst highlighting the need for more thoughtful, sustainable and pleasurable ways to travel and took place from June-July 2011 as part of Create 11 festival. Commissions for View Tube Art included Lisa Cheung creating a permanent garden sculpture Summer Palace as part of a sustainable vegetable garden.
In 2008 Sharp managed the Fourth Plinth programme on behalf of the Mayor of London’s Office for the CIA, managing the shortlist of Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Bob & Roberta Smith, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Yinka Shonibare and then planning large-scale art commissions by Antony Gormley and Yinka Shonibare for Trafalgar Square. In June 2009 she was Chair of the workshop on ‘Culture and 2012 – London at the Centre of the World Stage’ at the Big Opportunity Conference at Sadlers Wells.
Independent curator projects include:
Sharp was the co-curator of Journeys With No Return, an international touring exhibition, with artists residencies in the UK, Germany and Turkey including 16 artists and new works by Mike Nelson, Olaf Nicolai, Adam Chodzko, Asli Sungu, Zineb Sedira and Melanie Manchot reflecting Turkish Migration and touring to Berlin, London and Istanbul 2009/10.
Sharp curated the Big Chill’s Art Trail from 2006-9, which included commissions by Henry Krokatsis, Claire Morgan, Francis Upritchard, Ackroyd and Harvey, Brian Eno, Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis’s House of Fairytales and Simon Faithfull and took place at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire.
Nick Crowe’s Drowning of Tuvalu a tidal performance with sculpture commenting on rising sea levels due to global warming was presented at Whitstable Biennale Kent in June 2008.
Sharp curated Parklight, in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, London in 2000 with Julian Opie, Simon Faithfull, Tomoko Takahashi, Chris Grottick, Michele Griffiths and Keith Piper during which Takahashi was nominated for the Turner prize which was featured in the Arts Council England’s 2007 ‘open space’ publication.