Annie O’Donnell

Tees Valley

Annie O’Donnell’s sculptural practice investigates place and identity, drawing on autoethnography and archival research.

Annie uses specific materials, colours and processes as hyperlocal metaphors for belonging and displacement. Her work is often made up of colourful body-scale assemblages of found and readymade objects that inhabit installations resembling theatre sets or industrial complexes. Increasingly, she makes wearable or portable sculpture that sometimes connect to collaborative projects with other artists, dancers and musicians.

Annie has a Ph.D and MFA from Newcastle University, both AHRC funded, is represented by Platform A Gallery in Middlesbrough and is a Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

Navigator North Studios Dundas House Dundas Street Middlesbrough TS1 1BA


Annie was recently commissioned to make her first major sculptural works for a public institution, at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) for Chemical City (winner of the Best Exhibition prize at the North East Culture Awards 2022). She is a nominated recipient of the Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award 2022. Her ACE funded project Company Town explores links between Teesside (UK) and South Chicago (US) working class communities affected by deindustrialisation, through international collaboration and research visits.

Skills & Experience

  • Proofreading
  • Visiting lecturer (HE)
  • Workshsops (adult)
  • Workshops (family / general)
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