Christy Symington
  • Female
  • London
  • United Kingdom

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Welcome!  I studied in Paris for a year and four years in NYC at the New York Studio School, returning to London to do my MA at Byam Shaw. I am a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors since 2002 and former Trustee/Board Member (2003-07) and have exhibited in the UK, Paris and New York.  Head of Sculpture at The Art Academy near London Bridge, UK.  I teach in a number of educational institutions and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.  My website

I have three inter-related motivations in my sculpture and drawings:

Figuratively - I make portraits or figures of individuals that history has little recognised for their achievements, often people of colour, to unveil their stories and prompt further enquiry.

Abstract sculpture - I coalesce tactile, amorphous surfaces, embedded with negative impressions forced by absent man-made structures, primarily in plaster with mixed media relating to the primal connection between people and their environment. People have always been syncretised with nature and beliefs the world over.

And Tigers! - The word ‘TIGER’ conjures up a multitude of images, symbolism and sensibilities in cultures east and west. It is a grand but sad vehicle to make comment on human action on the blessings of this planet. 

There are only 3,200 wild tigers remaining globally.  Half the numbers since 1982, and now just 3% of the 100,000 that there were a century ago!  The tiger faces extinction as breeding possibilities are minimised by separated territories.  And still poaching for skins, demand for Chinese medicines and human-tiger land conflicts threaten the tiger’s survival.  My work exposes these facts and celebrates the beauty and prowess of the tiger.

The Chinese believe that the tiger is a protector from fire, thieves and ghosts. It is a symbol of power, regal in some cultures, as well as its strength and sexuality.

I was commissioned to make a life-size 'Tiger Going For A Swim' sculpture for ZSL [Zoological Society London] for London Zoo in Regent's Park.  The new tiger enclosure is 5 times the size of the previous enclosure and the sculpture was installed for its opening for Easter 2013.

And yes! my birth year is the chinese Year of the Tiger.

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At 2:23pm on November 27, 2015, D. Del Reverda-Jennings said…

Greetings Christy,

CONGRATS' & KUDOS' On Your Fantastic Accomplishments With "Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar" !!!    ...   I Wish You an Abundance Of Blessings, Prosperity and Success in All of Your Endeavors !!!

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Soul of a Nation shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history…


EQUIANO in BLACK and WHITE Sculpture by Christy Symington MRBS

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 9:00am 0 Comments

‘#OlaudahEQUIANO in BLACK and WHITE #BlackHistoryMonth’ Sculpture by Christy Symington MRBS with invited words by Tontxi Vazquez - London

This body of work brings into question the grey areas between the…


‘SCULPTURE & SPOKEN WORD for STEPHEN LAWRENCE [13.9.74–22.4.93]’ Solo exhibition by Christy Symington MRBS with invited poets Abiodun Oyewole & Caleb Femi - London

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 9:00am 0 Comments

This exhibition offers to remember Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) and HIS DREAM TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT.  This iconic case of a young black male losing his life to a useless racist attack brings hope through a…


'Rastafari in Motion' Exhbition at Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London

Posted on July 2, 2016 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I am sharing this current exhibition at the wonderful Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London.  They are doing great work, specially the last couple of years, to offer 'Our unparalleled and growing archive collection offers insight into the history of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.'  Please offer them support from the USA if you would like to ...  I recently exhibited my Olaudah Equiano sculpture there for the last 9 months to share his story, this is the next current…


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