Glasgow Independent Studio

Penny Sharp
Drawing & Animation

Penny Sharp is an artist & animator based in Glasgow. She graduated in 1994 with a BA Honours in Fine Art Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art and again in 2003 with an MPhil in advanced 2D/3D animation. Drawing is central to her practice and typically her work is multi-layered occupying a place somewhere between medieval tapestry and 60’s American underground comics.

Sharp has been an active artist member of Glasgow Independent Studio since 2003, and served as Director since 2009 till present. She is also an elected artist member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists since 2012, an artist member of British Women Artists since 2010 and previously served on the executive board as Secretary for the Scottish Artists Union between 2005-10.

Sharp has exhibited both locally and internationally, with recent shows including:

group show “Institute of Peripetectic-ness” @ GOMA (Glasgow 2012), solo show ‘get a room’ @ Brunswick Hotel (Glasgow 2012) - ‘nature’s disco’ (10second loop, hand-drawn cell by digital pencil animation), group show New Perspectives” @ Pollok House (Glasgow 2012), group show ‘Vault – the new Glasgow Art Fair’ @ the Briggait (Glasgow 2011) - ‘subTEXT’ (7 minute hand-drawn ink on paper animation), group show Superheroes” @ D-Structure (San Francisco 2011), group show “Telling Stories” @ Market Gallery (Glasgow 2011), group show “RSA Open” 2010 @ the Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh 2010), group show‘Hidden Doors Festival’ @ the Roxy Art House (Edinburgh 2010) - ‘The possible consequences of one action: Part 1- the end of the world’ (48 seconds, hand drawn cell cine film animation), group show Zineview: A pop up reading room” (London 2010), group show Glasgow Film Festival ‘Neighbourhood Cinema’ (Glasgow 2010) - ‘mask’ (1:20min, digitally manipulated image animation), 2 person show Time to Give Up” @ Glasgow Project Room (Glasgow 2010), group show “Shame” @ Telfer Gallery (Glasgow 2010), group show “Glory” with Pietro Fortuna @ The Tramway (Glasgow 2010), solo show “Big Antidote” @ Cure Studios (London 2010), group show “Thumb Cinema” @ Bookartbookshop (London 2010), group show “Versus” a month-long Residency @ Market Gallery (Glasgow 2010)

Sharp's work has been published in 5 editions of "Team Girl Comic" (small press 2010-2012)," the first edition of “28 Drawings Later” (small press 2011), first edition of "Big Antidote" (published by Cure Studio 2010), and as ilustrator of "Sewn Up" written by Aberdonian poet Lesley Benzie (published by Wisdom Teeth 2001) 

In 2012 Sharp was a Guest Panelist for Glasgow Film Festival's event, Women in Comicsalong with Denise Mina, Gillian Hatcher, Kate Orton and Rhianna Pratchett, chaired by Ariadne Cass-Maran. ( transcript and glasgow fim festival guide)
In 2009 Sharp was a Guest Panelist for Edinburgh College of Art's event, what are the opportunities and challenges facing people entering and working in the Animation industry today?’along with Garry Marshall, Phillip Parker, Oliver Smyth, Will Becher and chaired by Ian Gardner. (edinburgh college of art event page)