1929 - 2001

Born at Tynemouth, Cumberland on 16 January 1929, daughter of Arthur S. Oakley and his wife Mary D. née Holmes, who married at Tynemouth in 1926. On 19 October 1937, 8 year old Ann, together with her 36 year old mother and siblings Susan J. 7 and John S. 1, sailed from Birkenhead for Sudan. Ann attended evening classes at Morley College on the history of art and in the 1970's sculpted at Inner London Education Authority adult groups at Greenwich and worked with Gerda Rubinstein's (born 1931) open studio group followed by printmaking, sculpture, painting and life drawing at Audrey Pilkington [q.v.] at Clock House Studio, Bruisyard, Suffolk. During the 1980's she concentrated on oil and print with some collage and as well as being a member of the Clock House Art Association was also with Suffolk Open Studios. Exhibitions included Woodlands Art Gallery and South London Art Gallery both in 1977, St Julians, Sevenoaks 1980, Halesworth Gallery and Snape Maltings both 1991, Maddermarket Theatre Gallery, Norwich 1993 and Strand Gallery, Aldeburgh 1997. She died in the Waveney district, Suffolk in 2001 and the Halesworth Gallery held a retrospective exhibition in 2002.