Katherine Gili

Katherine Gili was born in Oxford in 1948; graduated from Bath Academy of Art in 1970 and then studied for two years at St Martin’s School of Art. She subsequently taught at several art schools; most notably St Martin’s and Norwich between 1972 and 1985.

Her sculpture was exhibited for the first time in 1973 and well over a hundred times since. Gili’s career is marked by solo shows in London and New York and by contributions to seminal survey exhibitions at major venues such as the Hayward Gallery. In recent years she has regularly shown in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and notably in 2013 her sculpture “Ripoll” won the Sculpture Prize.


Katherine Gili’s work is represented in Tate, the Arts Council Collection and other public and corporate collections in the UK, Switzerland and the USA. Lord Foster selected one of her pieces to stand alongside the Cranfield University Institute of Technology Library which was designed by Foster Associates in 1992.


Her sculptures can also be found in many private collections in Britain, Spain and the USA.

Solo exhibitions

Summer Show 2; Serpentine Gallery 1977

Salander O’Reilly Gallery, New York 1981

Katherine Gili - A Career Survey; Poussin Gallery 2011

Artist of the Day; Flowers Central 2014


Looking for the Physical, Sculpture and Drawings by Katherine Gili, Felix & Spear, London 2016 (download catalogue)

Discovered in the Making, Katherine Gili Sculpture, Felix & Spear, London 2018 (download catalogue)

Sparks Fly, Katherine Gili Sculpture 1974 to 2018, 14 Jan - 1 Mar 2019, Canary Wharf, London (download online brochure)

Another Look - Sculptures from the 1980s by Katherine Gili, 15 Aug - 27 Sep 2020, Felix & Spear, London (download press release and catalogue)

Selected group exhibitions

The Condition of Sculpture; Hayward Gallery, an international exhibition selected by William Tucker, 1975

Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture; Battersea Park 1977

Annual Stockwell Depot Exhibitions of Painting and Sculpture; 1974-79

Hayward Annual; 1979

Have You Seen Sculpture from the Body? Tate Gallery 1984

Escultura Nueva Reino Unido; Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid 1988

Moving Into View: a major display of the Arts Council Collection; South Bank Centre selected by William Packer,1993

British Abstract Art, Part 2, Sculpture; Flowers East Gallery, London 1995

British Figurative Art, Part 2, Sculpture; Flowers East Gallery, London, 1998

Steel; Canary Wharf, London, 2006

The Royal Academy Summer Shows 1996, 1997, 2009, 2013-16


Elephant Trust 1994; Elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 1999; Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy 2013

Selected Public Collections

Tate Gallery, London; Arts Council of Great Britain; City of Lugano, Switzerland; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; General Electric Corporation, USA; Henry Moore Institute

Private collections

The Leo and Eileen Herzel Collection USA; Several collections in Britain and Spain

Katherine Gili

© Katherine Gili and the BBC, courtesy of Felix & Spear Gallery. Filmed in 1991 (no sound).

A short film of Katherine Gili working in her Kent studio in 2017. © Cameron Amiri and Felix & Spear Gallery.