Anna Walsh is a British artist and designer. She was born in London (1975) to Irish/English parents, but moved to Kidderminster (Worcestershire) in 1985, where she spent a lot of time on her aunties farm, nurturing her love of animals and nature. Her mother was also an artist and campaigner for environmental issues, and had a big influence on the topics she still explores.
She studied BA Art & Aesthetics at University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), and moved back to London to study MA Book Arts at Camberwell College (UAL), where she met her partner Chris Ratcliffe who was studying the Printmaking MA, graduating in 2001. She has lived and worked in South East London ever since, and currently has a studio with Second Floor Studio and Arts (SFSA) in Deptford.
She is a founding member of Garudio Studiage , an art collective set up alongside Chris Ratcliffe, Laura Cave (whom Anna met at sixth form college in Worcester) and Hannah Havana (whom Laura met while studying Jewellery design at the RCA), formed in Peckham/Camberwell in 2004. They combine design, art and fashion with a pronounced sense of humour and irony, and Anna designs and makes products for sale, which have been sold in places such as The Museum of London, The British Library, Selfridges and The South London Gallery, and has previously curated several exhibitions and worked on various commissions along with other members.
She has artwork in collections such as The Tate Gallery Special Collection (Artists’ Books) and various private collections, as well as exhibiting widely. Her work has been published in Antennae: The Journal of Art and Nature (2020 issue 50), Visual families (Gestalten 2014) and Ecological Citizen journal (2018), and featured on The Londonist (2011).