Summer of Sculpture
Saturday 5th August to Saturday 26th August 2017
The artists brought together in this exhibition all share a deep passion for sculpture but also bring to it a fascinating diversity of skills, materials, experiences and influences. Their pieces will captivate, surprise and delight you when you visit this August.
For a flavour of “Summer of Sculpture”, here’s a little about a small selection of the exciting artists involved….
Will Richardson finds motivation in the beauty of nature and organic form. His work is mainly figurative but he does also produce abstract pieces, often based on organic shapes. Alabaster is a material he loves to work with. He enjoys its tactile nature and its sensuous translucency allows light within it to modify the character of his sculptures.
Paul Donovan focuses on human form, capturing beautiful moments of movement and repose. He draws inspiration from the fragmentation and colours of flints he finds strewn around the Wessex landscape and he recreates these elements in clay and glazes. When asked about his work, he says “My ceramics with their rough-hewn flint form remind us of man’s long working relationship with this material and also their shared vulnerability to the buffetings of life.”
David Farrer and Phaedra Politis explore the animal world through their pieces. David builds bespoke papier-mâché animal heads and sculptures from recycled, sustainable, eco-friendly materials. These mimic traditional mounted heads of trophy hunters, but David’s work emphasises that no animal needs to be slaughtered in order to be glorified. Beautifully observed, his animal heads are captivating and often promote a smile. Phaedra creates amazing glass sculptures and is showing several of her of fluttering butterflies this summer. Made in both large and small scale these wings, delicate and translucent, stand on plinths of either Bath stone or stainless steel. They make an impact both indoors and outdoors.
Colleen Du Pon grew up wanting to be a jeweller and qualified as a silversmith but during her degree course she fell in love with blacksmithing and working hot iron. Now she uses her talents to produce pieces that blend forging with hand, hammer and anvil and contemporary metal work skills. The beauty of plants often features in her work and regular visitors to Fisherton Mill will have seen her giant metal blooms in the courtyard before now.
Other artists involved in this exhibition are Charlotte Moreton, Tina Brown, Blott Works, Johanna Kennedy-Wall, Swann Forge and Chris Kampf.
The work on show in this exhibition will be refreshed over the four weeks in August, so please do check back here for more details and perhaps make a plan to come in and visit the exhibition more than once!
OPENING TIMES: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm Sat 9.30am – 5.30pm
OCCASIONAL EXHIBITION CLOSURES: None to report at the moment!