Ellie Doney's practice explores materials and transformation through sculpture and intervention. Her work explores her imagination of the changing inner world of matter. Whether precious, ephemeral, industrial or domestic, the stuff she works with is often gleaned from her surroundings, often at or for a particular place. She sets out to look for the extraordinary in the fabric of the everyday; a search for traces of the numinous in the material of the earth.

She is currently artist in residence at Phytology, an artist & community led project at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve: part physic garden; part cultural institute; part urban wilderness; and a platform for collaboration.
Ellie manages the makespace at the Institute of Making, UCL, and is co-founder of materials studio Manifold.



‘This artist is like a time-traveller, offering us her visions of a toxic future carved from the detritus of modern living’.

Jessica Lack, art writer


2008 - 10: Royal College of Art (MA) Ceramics & Glass
1998 - 01: University of Brighton (BA Hons.) Materials (Wood, Metal, Ceramics Plastics)
1997- 98: Middlesex University (Foundation) Art & Design


2016: Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, London
2014: Petrie Museum of Eqyptian Archaeology, UCL, London
2013: Siobhan Davies Studios - 60I40 Starting Point residency, London
2013: Guldagergård International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark
2012: National Trust: Erno Goldfinger’s home 2 Willow Road / William Morris’ Red House, London
2012: Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse
2010: Headspace, Nara City, Japan
2010: HMG Paint, Manchester
2004: Florence Trust Studios
2002: Eastbourne College


2012: Crafts Council Handling Collection
2010: Freud Museum
2003: Concrete and felt sculptures to commemorate the opening of the Hayward Gallery’s new foyer, and Dan Graham’s Waterloo Sunset Pavillion


2011: Artists Access to Art Colleges Award, Plymouth University.
2010: RJ Washington bursary award
2009: Eduardo Paolozzi travel award
2009: House of Fraser scholarship award


2012: Temper - collaboration with Dr. Hannah Drayson, University of Plymouth
2010: MA RCA dissertation: Liquid Quiddity - The Undercurrents of Matter


- Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, AMP Gallery, Peckham London

- Organolepts, Cravings exhibition, Science Mueum Late event, London

Pots and Possibilities, Petrie Museum of Eqyptian Archaeology, UCL

- Under the Influence - Siobhan Davies Studio
- Unfold - Siobhan Davies Studios
- Excavations - Guldagergård International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark

- This is How To Live, 2 Willow Road and The Red House - Former homes designed and lived in by Erno Goldfinger and William Morris.
- Nothing Ever Happens, OSR Projects, East Coker, Somerset.

- Stick Up - collaboration with Phil Rawle at AirSpace Gallery, commissioned by the British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
- Elemental(ism) - silver cloud gallery, London
- The King and The Minotaur, Babel Studios, St Pancras
- London Art Fair Projects with Florence Trust

- Assembly, BEARSPACE, London
- [dAnger!] - Wormwood Gallery, Osaka, Japan
- Calling Upon Spirits - Testbed 1, Battersea, London
- New Designers 2010, London - Shortlisted for new designer of the year award - SHOW ONE MA graduate exhibition – The Henry Moore Gallery, RCA, London
- Mini Exhibition – Touring London, Detroit, Copenhagen, Belfast

- Einfall: Beyond Spontaneity, at The Freud Museum, London
- Off the Wall 2, The Gallery Room, London Civil Rights & Arts Centre, London

- When Things Come Together, Nowhere North, Barnet, London
- Friendly Fire, Artworks inspired by bad news, at Nancy Victor Gallery, Charlotte St. London

- Solo exhibition, Camden People’s Theatre, London
- Halfway House, an artist-led exhibition, 32 artists in a former bail hostel, Clapham, London
- Pestival, London Wetlands Centre

- Solo exhibition alongside Terror 2005, Union Theatre, London
- Florence Trust final show, London
- Area 10 Easter show, large-scale sculpture installation, Peckham, London