The Sculpture Agency: promoting contemporary sculpture
City and Guilds of London Art School annual MA Fine Art Graduate Show takes place at its Kennington location from 10th to 14th September.
Visitors to the MA Fine Art Show will have the opportunity to view works of exceptional quality by this year's graduating students in the splendid setting of Georgian buildings and the Victorian purpose-built studios.
The Show will feature the work of 18 students developed out of the tradition of painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking, while engaging and questioning current ideas around photography, installation practice, time-based and digital media.
The Sculpture Agency welcomes Richard Goldsmith
The Sculpture Agency welcomes a new addition to the website — Richard Goldsmith
Richard's work is inspired by a broad range of references from the natural world to functional everyday objects and is a reflection of his personal journey. He strives to express through his sculpture what he gains from his experiences and sees his work as "an invitation to the beholder to look within and to contemplate". Concentrated, enclosed, precious, finely wrought, his practice strives to create objects to treasure and reflect upon.
Using a carefully selected palette of materials, Richard's work aims towards a sculptural language that is both visually rich and layered with meaning.
Much of his work has an alluring, tactile, talismanic quality that has historically been associated with treasured objets de vertu and yet at the same time they draw upon the material qualities of the urban environment, encouraging us to think and look afresh at the world around us. Many of Richard's mysterious objects resonate with a quasi-mythic quality whilst being unmistakeably contemporary. He uses cast concrete, cast and sheet metals, wood and paper, with each material imparting to the sculpture its unique quality.
Richard lives and works in South Oxfordshire.
A short film by Nick Watson about Almuth Tebbenhoff's new steel sculpture 'Sunset' in Holland Park.
Tom Flynn's monograph on British sculptor Charlotte Mayer is now available via Amazon
'Charlotte Mayer – In Essence’ tells the moving story of Mayer’s life and career from her idyllic childhood in Czechoslovakia, her move to England as a refugee, student days in London, the tragedies of her family history and the challenges of her first public commissions, through to the success and recognition she enjoys today.
Tom Flynn’s scholarly text traces the influences, inspirations and personal experiences which have shaped her work from the Royal College to the present. Now in her eighties, Mayer is as passionate as ever about her craft and continues to produce sculptures of great eloquence, grace and subtlety which have the depth and power to reach us all.
To purchase a copy, visit Pangolin Gallery here
Steve Russell's book of Africa photographs with an introductory text by Tom Flynn was launched at Pangolin London in February
Katonda Wenge, Steve Russell's new book of photographs of Africa, is now available, with an introductory essay by Sculpture Agency founder Tom Flynn. Steve has built an international reputation as the most sensitive and intuitive photographer of sculpture, a notoriously difficult thing to photograph due the vagaries of ambient light on variably reflecting surfaces and the fact that sculptures generally offer multiple possible viewpoints.
Steve has collaborated on numerous occasions with the Pangolin bronze foundry in Chalford, Stroud. In recent years he has made a number of visits to Uganda to photograph the foundry and workshops set up there by the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation, a charitable body established by Pangolin founders Rungwe Kingdon and Claude Koenig that promotes creative dialogue and skill-sharing between African and UK sculptors and craftspeople.
Thus it was appropriate that Steve's book launch took place at Pangolin's London gallery at King's Place, Kings Cross. The publication is altogether well-timed given the popularity of David Attenborough's stunning TV series on Africa. Steve has titled his book Katonda Wenge, which means "Oh My God!" in the Luganda language of Uganda. That was how one of Steve's portrait subjects responded when he showed her the photo he'd taken of her.
British sculptor Peter Burke's TED talk on the use of technology by sculptors ancient and modern
Peter Burke recently delivered a most interesting talk on 'Sculpture and Reproductive Technology' at TEDx in Bradford-on-Avon. It offers a fascinating insight into his innovative use of traditional fabricating processes as well as contemporary technologies in the making of his work.
Those familiar with Peter's wonderful installations at the Cass Foundation in Sussex (above left) and elsewhere will
find his TED talk both engaging and instructive. My thanks to Peter for allowing me to circulate it more widely. Click here for the talk.
Tom Flynn's new book on British sculptor Terence Coventry has just been published
Terence Coventry — Hands On is the first biographical study of West Country-based sculptor Terence Coventry. Specially published to accompany a new retrospective exhibition of Coventry's work at Gallery Pangolin in Chalford, Gloucestershire, the book is an in-depth account of an intensely private artist's life and work.
The book traces Coventry's journey over the past twenty-five years from talented art student to successful pig farmer, to the rediscovery of his artistic identity in the mid-eighties and the evolution of his mature, confident and independent sculptural language. The book offers an insight into Coventry's working practice and the ways in which the Cornish landscape and its natural inhabitants have influenced his creative development. (Read a short extract here).
The book could not have been produced without the generous cooperation of Terence and Winifred Coventry and the team at Gallery Pangolin and Pangolin Editions, the internationally-acclaimed bronze foundry and gallery in Chalford, Gloucestershire who have collaborated closely with Coventry for many years.
The book will soon be available to purchase on Amazon here, but meanwhile is available through Pangolin Editions here, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them by telephone on: +44 (0)1453 889765.
Almuth Tebbenhoff's London Film Festival award hits the red carpet
London-based sculptor Almuth Tebbenhoff's 'Star of London' sculpture — the London Film Festival's equivalent of the Palme d'Or in Cannes or the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival — was featured on Channel 4 News during the Festival (see their Arts Correspondent Matthew Cain holding the award on the red carpet, right).
Almuth's sculpture was selected from a shortlist of entries and has been awarded for the past three years. Festival organisers are confident it will soon become as iconic as its Continental counterparts.
Panel discussion: Sculptors' Drawings at Pangolin London
Tom Flynn will be chairing a panel discussion at the Pangolin London gallery at King's Place, Kings Cross on Monday 1st October as part of Pangolin's current exhibition of Sculptors' Drawings and Works on Paper exhibition. The evening starts at 6.30 and the panellists include artists Martin Jennings and Briony Marshall, along with Frances Carey, writer and past curator of the Prints and Drawings department at the British Museum, and Rungwe Kingdon, founder of Pangolin Editions sculpture foundry.
Tickets cost £6.50 and are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book go to: www.kingsplace.co.uk or Tel: 020 7520 1490