2014 finalists / Joanna Sands (Winner!)

Sands started making large sculptural installations in abandoned buildings and squats in 1993, often using found materials, altering and referring to the spaces they inhabited. Making visually simple changes for example to the surface of the floor, Sands’ work subtly subverts the viewer's spatial expectations. Each piece of work becomes an intervention into the space it inhabits and refers to the spatial qualities and architectural characteristics of the surrounding environment.  Sands is resolutely contextual in her approach.

She graduated from Maidstone College of Art in 1986 and took her MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1987.  She undertook further study at Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin from 1989 to 1990.  She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, The Woo Foundation Award and the Herbert Read Scholarship. She has exhibited widely in both the UK and Germany.  Sands lives and works in London. 


Curriculum Vitae


1989–1990 | Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin
1986–1987 | MA, Chelsea College of Art
1983–1986 | BA, Maidstone College of Art


2013 | West London Art Prize    
2012 | Sanyi Museum, taiwan    
2011 | APT Gallery, London      
2010 | Installation, Ashburnham Grove, London    
2008 | Installation for deptford x, London
2007 | Optician Gallery, Hoxton, London
2006 | Optician Gallery, deptford, London          
2005 | Installation for open House, London          
2003 | Kunst Haus dresden, Germany    
2002 | Installation for Church, Sussex, England    
2001 | Installation for deptford x, London
2001 | Installation A.C.A.V.A.    
1999 |  Installation 21 Blackheath road, London    
1997 | Installation 9 Aulton Place, London
1991 | Broschwitz Gallery, Berlin
1990 | Kunst Haus tacheles, Berlin          
1988 |  Diorama Gallery, London

Awards, Grants & Residencies

2001 | The Woo Foundation      
1998 | Pollock Krasner Award    
1997 | London Arts Board Award          
1989 | D.A.A.D Scholarship      
1986 | Herbert Read Scholarship