<strong>Sokari Douglas Camp</strong>, <em>Primavera</em> (detail), 2015. <br>Steel, gold leaf and acrylic paint, 201 x 72 x 162 cm.<strong>Sokari Douglas Camp</strong>, <em>Europe Supported by Africa and America</em> (detail), 2015. <br>Steel, abalone, copper gold and copperleaf and petrol nozzles, 200 x 181 x 93 cm.<em>Sokari Douglas Camp: Primavera</em>, 2016.


Sokari Douglas Camp.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet, 2016.
Sokari Douglas Camp, Lovers Whispering, 2016. Steel, gold leaf and perspex, 138 x 140 x 71 cm.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet

Internationally renowned sculptor, Sokari Douglas Camp, creates her works primarily in steel. Her often large-scale sculptures make frequent reference to her Nigerian roots, while at the same time encompassing contemporary international issues. Douglas Camp is one of the winners of the Memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa in London and was also one of the shortlisted artists for the Fourth Plinth in 2003.

Douglas Camp first exhibited at October Gallery in 1985. She has had more than forty solo shows worldwide and in 2005, was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to art. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA; Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; and the British Museum, London, UK. In 2012, her large sculpture, All the World is Now Richer, a memorial to commemorate the abolition of slavery, was exhibited in The House of Commons and then in 2014 at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. In 2016, her successful solo show, Primavera, at October Gallery, brought together major new sculptures which focussed on the reinterpretation of familiar figures from the European classic tradition as depicted by Botticelli and William Blake. Douglas Camp was selected for Ichihara Art X Mix 2020, Japan and created the largescale sculpture Manmade for the festival, on a moving tram carriage at Goi Station. She was also one of the international artists selected to create a column for STOA169 in Polling, Germany; a globally unique artist columned permanent hall that unites contemporary artistic ideas and different cultural concepts in one place.

Her third solo exhibition at October Gallery in 2022, Jonkonnu Masquerade, included a series of new works exploring the masquerade of ‘Jonkonnu’ both within its Caribbean context and that of the broader African diaspora. This exhibition has coincided with her large-scale sculpture Europe Supported by Africa and America being displayed at the V&A to complement the Africa Fashion exhibition. Two larger-than-life-sized steel interlinking sculptures, Tussling Jonkonnu, have also been part of the Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, 2022.

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Born in 1958, Buguma, Nigeria. Lives and works in London, UK.
1983-86   MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1980-83   BA Hons Sculpture, Central School of Art and Design, London, UK
1979-80   California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, USA
Selected Solo Shows
2022    Jonkonnu Masquerade, October Gallery, London, UK
2021-22   All the World is Now Richer, Westminster City Council Hall, London, UK
2016    Primavera, October Gallery, London, UK
2010-14   All the World is Now Richer, Upper Waiting Gallery, The House of Commons London, UK; touring Bristol Cathedral, Bristol; Norfolk Cathedral, Norfolk; St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK
It’s Personal, Tiwani Contemporary Gallery, London, UK
2010   First Man, Potters Field Commission for Southwark Council, London, UK
Relative Pelican: Installation of Steel Sculptures, Stux Gallery, New York, USA
2009   Pain and Paradise, Kunstverein, Aalen, Germany
2008   The Pleasure of Seeing You: Sculpture and Fabric Patterns, Lethaby Gallery CSM, London, UK
Strength of Feeling, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK
2007   One Day Exhibition: Resistance and Remembrance 1807- 2007, The British Museum, London, UK
All the World is Now Richer, Harewood House Trust, Harewood, Leeds, UK
The World is Richer, Wallspace, All Hallows on the Hall, London, UK
2006   Sweeping, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
2005-06   11th Commandment Sculpture Tour, Peckham; Bexley; Enfield, UK
2004   Sokari Douglas Camp, Galerie Peter Herrmann, Berlin, Germany
2002-03   Imagined Steel, The Lowry Arts Centre, Manchester; Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno; Brewery Arts
Centre, Cirencester; Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK
2000   Echolot, Galerie Peter Herrmann, Stuttgart, Germany
1999   Knots of the Human Heart, Morley Gallery, London, UK
Black History Month, Maritime Museum, London, UK
Sokari Douglas Camp: Church Ede, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
1998-99   Spirits in Steel: The Art of the Kalabari Masquerade, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
1996   Steel Stories, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
1994   Urban Walk, Barbican Centre, Museum of London, UK
1993   Steel Clothes and Ornamentation, Redfern Gallery, London, UK
1992   Urban Women, South Bank Centre, London; Sue Williams, London, UK
1991   Market People, Chelsea Arts Club, Pittminster Studio, London; Taunton, UK
1990   New Work, Sue Williams, London, UK
1988   Alali, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; City of Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, UK
1987   Echoes of the Kalabari, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA
    Sculpture in collaboration with Sekiapu Dance Troupe, Africa Centre, London; Royal Festival
Hall, London; Commonwealth Institute, London; Museum of Mankind, London, UK
1985-88   Alali, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Milton Keynes Exhibition Gallery;
Dorman Museum, Middlesborough, UK
1985   Alali: Kinetic Sculptures and Drawings, October Gallery, London, UK
1984   Artist of the Day, Angela Flowers, London, UK
1982   Alali (Festival Time), Africa Centre, London, UK
Selected Group Shows
2024   Transvangarde: Free Style Cipher, October Gallery, London, UK
2023   Transvangarde: Pushing Boundaries, October Gallery, London, UK
2022-23   Europe Supported by Africa and America,The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, Sculpture in Britain, V&A, London, UK
2022   Kensington + Chelsea Art Week, London, UK
In a Pot of Hot Soup Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, UK
Modern & Contemporary African Art; and CCA Lagos Benefit Auction, Sotheby's London, UK
2021   OIL. Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany
Manmade at Boso-Satoyama Art Festival ICHIHARA ART X MIX 2020+: Journeys, Chiba prefecture, Japan
STOA169, Polling, Germany
2020   Atmospheres; Artists of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Boso-Satoyama Art Festival; ICHIHARA ART x MIX 2020, Boso Peninsula, Japan 
2019-23   Healing Power, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam; Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal; Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden; Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2019   Dream No Small Dream: Celebrating 40 Years of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
2017   Diaspora Pavilion during the Venice Biennale, Palazzo Pisani S. Marina, Venice, Italy
Celebrating Art and Music, Brunei Gallery SOAS, London, UK
The Female Aesthetic, Swindon Central Library, Swindon, UK 
2013   Sokari Douglas Camp CBE - Manuela Sambo, ARTCO Galerie, Herzogenrath, Germany
2012   Sculptors’ Drawings and Works on Paper, Pangolin London and Kings Place Gallery, London, UK
2011   As it Is! Contemporary Art from Africa and the Diaspora, Mojo Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Environment and Object: Recent African Art, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, New York, USA
Fantastic Creatures, The British Museum International Touring Exhibition, Ulsan Museum, Ulsan, South Korea
2010   Modernities + Resistances/To All the Breathing of the World, Third World Festival of Black Arts & Cultures, Dakar, Senegal
2009-10   Identity and Self-Fashioning 1965-2009, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA
BM Treasures Exhibition, Madrid, Spain
Henn Art Galerie, Maastricht, Netherlands
2009   In the Light of Play, Durban Museum, Durban, South Africa
Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Islands and their Worlds, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
Kréyol Factory, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
A Celebration of British Sculpture, Harold Martin Botanic Garden, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Festival culturel panafricain d’Alger (PANAF) 2009, Algiers, Algeria
Roots and More: Journey of the Spirit, Africa Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands
Now We Are Ten, Campaign for Drawing, various locations across UK
2008   Dialogue of Cultures, ARTCO Galerie, Aachen, Germany
Salon d’Art Contemporain Africain, Brussels, Belgium
ARESUVA, African Regional Summit and Exhibition on Visual Art, Abuja, Nigeria
Black Womanhood, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, New Hampshire; Davis Museum and Cultural Centre, Wellesley, Massachusetts; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, USA
Design Without End: The Essential Art of African Textiles, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Poetics of Cloth: African Textiles/Recent Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, USA
Auf Augenhöhe-Blicke auf Kunst und Kultur aus Afrika, Stadtische Galerie im Park, Viersen, Germany
2007   Africa Select I, ARTCO Galerie, Herzogenrath, Germany
Remembering Saro-Wiwa: The Living Memorial, Goldsmiths, London, UK
Alternative Narratives, The Alpha House, London, UK
52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
In and Out of Africa, with ARTCO Galerie, Haus Der Völker (HDV), Schwaz, Austria
Terre Noire, Musée Maurice Denis, Saint- Germaine-en-Laye, France
From Outside, All Hallows-by-the-Tower, London, UK
Freedom: Slavery Past and Present, Morley College, London, UK
ARTFAIR 21 with ARTCO Galerie, Herzogenrath, Germany
2006-07   Trienal de Luanda, multiple locations, Luanda, Angola
2006   Afrika! Afrika!, Munich; Berlin, Germany
Chichester Festival, Chichester, UK
SD Observatorio, IVAM (Institut Valencia d’Art Modern), Valencia, Spain
Sokari Douglas Camp | Nicole Guiraud | Marcia Wok Kure | Louzla Darabi, Art Society Neue Galerie Landshut in cooperation with Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Government Center for Political Education, Foreign Ministry), Landshut, Germany
Remembering Saro-Wiwa: The Living Memorial, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2005-06   Retour au futur’ l’art de l’Afrique noir, Patrimoine Culturel et Actualité, Collection Elmer, Luxembourg
Africa Screams, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, Germany
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo- Kuti, Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, Barbican Art Galleries, London, UK
Artists Selection, Peg Dollies on the Move! Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK
Personal Selection, Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK
2005-06   Kijken zonder grenzen, Hedendaagse Kunst in het Afrika Museum: de collectie Valt en verder, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands
2005   Black President, The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo- Kuti, Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Ground Force – Africa Garden, Endemol, UK Production for BBC, The British Museum, London, UK
Music in African Fine Art, Galerie im Waschhaus, Africa Festival, Potsdam, Frankfurt, Germany
Africa Screams, Kunstverein Aalen/Rathaus- Galerie, Aalen, Germany
2004-05   Africa Screams, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria
2004   Montigny-Dak’Art, Le Grand (Y) Off, Belgium
At Home with Art, The Lionel Phillip Collection, The Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, UK
DACS 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
Insights, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA
Africa Screams, Das Böse in Kino, Kunst und Kult Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
2003-04   4th Plinth (Nominee Exhibition),The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, UK
2003   Exhibition of Contemporary African Art, The Bagagehal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Royal Academy Summer Show, London, UK
Independence, South London Gallery, London, UK
Just Like a Fish in Water, Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth, Bodenburg, Germany
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo- Kuti, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
Africa Past, Present and Future, Westbourne Gallery, London, UK
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Small is Beautiful XXI, Flowers Central, London, UK
2002   See the Talent,Brighton Museum and Art Gallery Touring, Brighton, UK
DAK’ART 2002 La Biennale de l’Art African Contemporain, Senegal
The Bridge, The Morley Gallery, London, UK
The Commonwealth 2002 and Beyond, Commonwealth Institute, London, UK
Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA
2001-02   Encounters with the Contemporary, Smithsonian National Museum of Art, Washington, USA
Sainsbury/African Galleries, The British Museum, London, UK
The Artist and the City, Centre de Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain
Sense of Occasion – In association with Craftspace Touring , Birmingham, UK
2000   Hearst Gallery, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California, USA
    Distinguished Identities: Contemporary African Portraiture, Staller Centre for the Arts, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
1999-00   Tarble Arts Centre, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, USA
Transatlantic Dialogues - Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa, Auckland, New Zealand
Arche, Kunstgebäude im Schlosshof Bodenburg, Bodenburg, Germany
Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany
Black History Month, National Maritime Museum, London, UK
Still Form, Bright Line, Canary Wharf, London, UK
Women to Women, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, USA
1999   The Shape of the Century, Salisbury Festival, Salisbury and Canary Wharf, London, UK
Arts Council Collection, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK
Les Champs de la Sculpture No.2, Champs Élysées, Paris, France
1998-00   Devious Devices - An Exhibition of Automata, Croydon Clocktower, London; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton; Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport; Crafts Council Gallery, London, UK
1998-99   Global II, Addison Wesley Longman, Essex, UK
1998   Body & Soul, Stadsgalerij, Heerlen,   Netherlands
Das Vielfache Echo, Stuttgart, Germany
Around and Around Europe, Africa and USA, Galerie Peter Herrmann, Germany
British Figurative Sculpture Part 2, Flowers East, London, UK
Kleinplastiktriennalle, Fellbach, Germany
Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London, UK
Forja el Espacia, Centro d’Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Vencia, Spain; Callais, France
1997-98   National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
1997   Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
1996   Die Andere Reise (The Other Journey), Kunste Hallie Krems, Austria
1995-96   Sculpture in Paradise, Chichester, UK
African Metal Work, Crafts Council, London, UK
An Inside Story, African Art of our Time; Setegaya Art Museum, Tokyo; Tokushima Modern Art Museum; Himeji City Museum of Art; Koriyama City Museum of Art; Marugame Genichiro
Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA), Gifu, Japan
1995   Around and Around, Duala, Cameroon
1994-95   Another Country, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
1994   Figure and Fantasy Sculpture, Canterbury, UK
1993-94   Contemporary Art Society Market, London, UK
1993   Unilever Recent Acquisitions, Unilever House, London, UK
1992   Art for a Fairer World - Oxfam 50th Anniversary Touring Exhibition, UK
1991-93   Africa Explores - New and Renewed Forms in 20th Century African Art, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York; University Art Museum, Berkley; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; St. Louis Museum of Art; Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington DC, USA; Ludovic Forum, Aachen, Germany; Espace Lyonnaise d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, Spain; Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK
1991   The South of the World, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Marsala, Sicily
Art ’91, Islington, London, UK
Two Man Show, Marcus & Marcus Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1990   JAPE (Japanese Association for Promotion of Creative Events), Tokyo, Japan
Art ’90, Flowers East, London, UK
Art ‘90, Sue Williams, London, UK
Rainforest Festival - The Arts for the Earth Exhibition, Barbican Centre, London, UK
Five Contemporary Artists, Redfern Gallery, London, UK
Contemporary Art Society Market, London, UK
Small is Beautiful , Angela Flowers, London, UK
1989-90   Time and Motion, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle; City Art Centre, Edinburgh; The Minories, Colchester, UK
1987   Conceptual Clothing, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Performance in Art/Art Performance, Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK
Springing to Life, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Influences, South London Art Gallery, London, UK
Palm Trees, West African Music Village, Kew Gardens, London, UK
1986-87   From Two Worlds, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
1986   In the Eye of the Sun, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Five Festival Sculptors, Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
MA Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
The National Garden Festival, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Contemporary Art Fair, Covent Garden, London, UK
1985   Visual Aid for Band Aid, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Artists Against Apartheid, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
New Horizons, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
Contemporary African Art, The Learning Material Centre, Highbury, London, UK
1984   Textiles Making and Meaning, Brixton Art Gallery, London, UK
Graham Park Festival, Graham Park Library, London, UK
African Music Village, Commonwealth Institute, London, UK
1983   Amy Sadur Friedlander Memorial Art Fund, Swiss Cottage Gallery, London, UK
New Contemporaries, ICA, London, UK
Christie’s Inaugural Show, London, UK
Sculptural Drawings  , Ruskin College, Oxford, UK
2008   Governor, University of the Arts, London
2007   Vice-President Kalabari Union
2007   Culture and Heritage Award - The 4th Annual Black Business Award, UK
2006   Honorary Fellow of University of the Arts, London
2005   Awarded CBE
2004   Finalist for Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London
2000   Commonwealth Grant
1983   Princess of Wales Scholarship and Henry Moore Bursary
1982   Saatchi & Saatchi Award
1981   Amy Sadur Friedlander Prize
Selected Collections
American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
British Museum, London, UK
Bremen Museum, Germany
Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Spain
Citibank Corporation
Fitchburg Art Museum, Boston, USA
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
Horniman Museum, London, UK
Leicestershire Education Authority, UK
Leicestershire Museums, UK
Minneapolis Museum of Art, USA
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Skidmore University, New York, USA
Standard Charted Bank, London, UK
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian
Institution, Washington DC, USA
Unilever, London, UK
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, UK
St. Thomas’s Hospital, South London, UK
Michael Graham-Stewart, London, UK
Collection Hans J. Bogatzke, Herdecke, Germany
Collection Artur und Heidrun Elmer, Aalen, Germany
International Finance Corporation, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA