Habitat by David Nash OBE RA wins


David Nash, Habitat
David Nash, Habitat (photo: © PMSA & Marsh Awards Judges)

David Nash carved Habitat, a 7 metre high public sculpture from an ancient cedar tree that fell during a storm at Portmeirion in North Wales. It is sited at the entrance to Jubilee Woods at the University of Warwick and is designed to become part of the woodland’s eco-system as it weathers and becomes inhabited by birds, bats and insects.

At the Award ceremony in central London on the evening of Wednesday 2 November, a delighted David Nash told 3rd Dimension that he was ‘Surprised, very pleased, and particularly pleased for Warwick University for this recognition of their long term policy of commissioning sculpture for their campus. This project had a natural progression from the invitation to make a proposal, the gale that blew the cedar tree down, to the site that gave birth to the idea, the assistants who helped carve the form, and all those involved in the installation. Many projects are fraught with difficulties, but Habitat had a very smooth path to realization.’
For further details see The 2016 Shortlist for Excellence in Public Sculpture

Goodman’s Fields Horses by Hamish Mackie MRBS, and Ustigate Ltd. wins


Goodman's Fields Horses
Hamish Mackie and Ustigate Ltd., Goodman’s Fields Horses (photo: © PMSA & Marsh Awards Judges)

On winning the PMSA’S Marsh Public Fountain Award on its 20th anniversary, Hamish Mackie explained to 3rd Dimension, ‘Berkeley Group’s major Public Art commission enabled me within a multidisciplined team (including Lockbound Foundry, Ustigate, Elite Landscapes and Murdock Wickham) to deliver a complicated concept of six life and quarter size bronze horses, running loose within an urban landscape. From a sculpting point of view, I was allowed a free ‘rein’ from initial concept – a sculptor’s dream. It is ‘placemaking’ commissions like this that bring a development to life.’ Mackie added that he would like to ‘thank the PMSA for acknowledging the passsion, put by many, into the Goodman’s Fields Piazza.’

For further details see The 2016 Shortlist for Excellence in Public Fountains

Market Place Fountain Dudley by James Forsyth, conservation by Purcell and Croft Buildings & Conservation wins


For further details see The 2016 Shortlist for Excellence in Conservation

PMSA Conference: Émigré Sculptors in Britain 1500-2016

The annual PMSA and 3rd Dimension conference, Émigré Sculptors in Britain 1500-2016, held in collaboration with the City and Guilds of London Art School, took place on 26 and 27 May 2016 at their premises in Kennington. The conference had a broad remit, but its main focus was to look at the ways that émigré sculptors working in Britain between 1540 and 2016 have contributed to the development of British sculpture. The first day covered the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the second day, the twentieth century until the present.

Benedict Read delivering lecture at 2016 PMSA Conference
PMSA Annual Conference, Émigré Sculptors in Britain 1500-2016, Benedict Read FSA delivering the keynote paper on day two, ‘Lest We Forget – a brief sample of many others’ (photo: Leonie Summers).

The conference, chaired by Benedict Read FSA, PMSA Deputy Chairman, was well-attended and a resounding success. The full programme stimulated lively discussion and an exchange of interesting information and ideas. Although the conference took place over two days, it soon became clear that there was so much material to consider, fruitful discussion could have continued for a week!

The PMSA is most grateful to City and Guilds of London Art School for hosting this event. It was a fitting location, particularly since the nineteenth-century sculptor, Aimé-Jules Dalou, taught there while in exile, having fled from the Versailles government’s reprisals against communards such as himself in 1871.

The conference experience was also enriched by visits to the City and Guilds’ stone and wood carving, and conservation studios and the opportunity to talk to the students about their work, which was, all agreed, very impressive. (Full conference report)

The National Recording Project

Charles Leonard Hartwell Angel of Victory Clacton
Charles Leonard Hartwell, Angel of Victory, 1924,
bronze, Clacton-on-sea, Essex
(photo: Colin Tucker)

There was great sadness surrounding the death on 29 May this year of one of the PMSA’s longest serving members, Edward Morris. He was a stalwart of the National Recording Project and the Public Sculpture of Britain series, and was Chair of its Editorial Board. (obituaries)

Work on the Recording Project continues its relentless programme, the Lancashire and Cumbria volume in the Public Sculpture of Britain series goes to print at the end of this year and will appear early in 2017.

The Recording Project in Essex has now also been launched, under the heading EPMAS, headed up by Richard Brett. An interesting exhibition, 100 Essex Monuments, showing a selection of over one hundred photographs taken so far was held at The Minories, 74 High Street, Colchester from 13-20 August 2016.(EPMAS: 100 Essex Monuments)

Five Public Sculptures Newly
Listed in North-East

Geoffrey Clarke Spiral Nebula
Geoffrey Clarke, Spiral Nebula, 1962, aluminium, commissioned by Sir Basil Spence, architect of the Herschel Physics Building, University of Newcastle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, now Grade II listed (photo: © Historic England)

The Grade II listing of five public sculptures created for the North-East has just been announced by Historic England. This coincides with a focus on public sculpture in the area with the opening of Out There: Our Post-War Public Sculpture, an exhibition at Bessie Surtees House in Newcastle on 7 September. This exhibition, the second leg of the one held at Somerset House, London earlier this year, explores the loved, lost, damaged and destroyed public art of the North-East from the post-war period.

These five listed works encapsulate the diversity of the North-East, ranging from Geoffrey Clarke’s abstract Spiral Nebula of 1962 for the exterior of the Herschel Building for the Physics Department of Newcastle, to Market Woman in Wallsend by émigré artist, Hans Schwarz, and The Easington Colliery Disaster Memorial (1953-4), Co. Durham. Two later works also listed are the fascinating brick Parsons’ Polygon (1982-5) by David Hamilton at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Andy Frost’s Derwent Walk Express of 1985 at Swalwell, Gateshead. (Article coming shortly – watch this space!)