London-based artist Alice Irwin works across various disciplines such as sculptures, canvas and printmaking.


Irwin is intrigued and inspired by the playground; it is an integral subject throughout her works. Utilizing the space as a reference point, exploring the interaction points in our lives. As we experience different emotions, learn social skills, and share our imagination in the activities we part take in the playground. Her work aims to convey the innocence we possess as children, but also to express the message of human identity; some aspects of her work are playful, naïve and comical while others are more thought-provoking. Irwin’s work offers contrasts: some parts are tactile; others create kinetic experiences in the mind. These contrasts are designed to stimulate different kinds of memory.


Irwin graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2018. Her sculptures People Play are currently on display as part of the KCAW20 Public Art Trail, on Bramley Road, Notting Hill. In recent years she has had solo shows at the Piece Hall, Halifax and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and has exhibited sculpture and print works at The Flowers Gallery, Sid Motion Gallery, CGP London, East of Elsewhere in Berlin, and ANAGRA Gallery in Tokyo. In 2017, Irwin won the Contemporary Art Trust prize for the print series Go To Bed.

Alice Irwin | Social Distance

  • 150 x 100 mm    

    Lino cut