Sculptor, born in Blackburn, Lancashire. She studied at Nottingham and Ravensbourne Colleges of Art, then at Royal Academy Schools, 1970–3. Wilding showed extensively in mixed shows, including The British Art Show 1979–1984, organised by Arts Council in 1984. Solo exhibitions included Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 1982, and Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, 1983. Also showed with Karsten Schubert Ltd, from which Arts Council bought Wilding’s Bearing, of 1988. Tate Gallery also holds Wilding’s sculpture, which employed unusual combinations of materials, was often small in scale, simple in conception but powerful in its presence. Her abstract works recall those of Brancusi and Barbara Hepworth. In 1992 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery and in 1993–4 was included in the Arts Council touring show Recent British Sculpture.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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