An article in The Times

This summer, Dame Fiona Reynolds agreed to sit for the Environment Series Heads and there are two new sittings planned with the founders of Common Ground, starting in November. I am now trying to identify a good location for the exhibition of these heads. I have several works at a joint show at Newport House, Herefordshire October 12-26th. My winter carving project proceeds – RSPB Pulborough Brooks plays host to the 3 tonne block of limestone which I am carving once a week, most often on Saturday mornings should you ever find yourself passing through West Sussex. The move of … Continue reading An article in The Times

New publication and exhibition

A new 40 page publication by Peter Hall and Marilyn Scott – with an introduction by Yorkshire Sculpture Park curator Helen Pheby – is unveiled for the travelling exhibition which opens on Wednesday 17th July at Woking Lightbox. It will be available at an exhibition-discounted rate of £5 from The Lightbox or later at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (14 September-3 November). If you cannot easily attend either exhibition, please make contact and we can send you one at the same rate plus £1 postage. Other news: I have chosen a new stone to be worked at RSPB Pulborough Brooks in the … Continue reading New publication and exhibition

To YSP: 2013 launches, exhibitions and teaching

An exciting year in preparation, with the last two heads of the Sculpture Series being completed and a Times photographer documenting progress of the critic sitter, Nancy Durrant, at Fittleworth in February. The Surrey University acquisition of the ‘Charmer’ bronze relief has been delivered but not yet sited. The Hindhead carving experience has been hard and cold – never rising much above freezing from November until March, and now on day 33. A serendipitous meeting with a former film producer living locally has resulted in lots of valuable footage of the carving developing… and the possibility of something equally creative … Continue reading To YSP: 2013 launches, exhibitions and teaching

Wight Man travels to The City

I met with art entrepreneur Sally Perry at the installation of the alabaster carving Wight Man in the foyer of Tower 42 in the heart of the City. Formally known as the Nat West Tower, the Nathan Kirsh-owned skyscraper is the second tallest in the City of London. It is interesting to see something so primitive and luddite – carved in the open air over many months and hand-finished by laborious rubbing with bits of rock – sitting deep in the heart of the financial district, and I hope its quiet presence causes a few to stop and reflect. If you … Continue reading Wight Man travels to The City

2011 works: The Human Clay exhibition

University of Surrey has a vibrant Public arts programme with 30 sculptures and busts around the campus, including works by Bridget McCrum, John Mills, Diane Maclean and William Pye. Jon Edgar’s solo exhibition there in Nov/Dec 2011 was linked with his Surrey Sculpture Society Autumn lecture, to which about 75 attended. For those that did not see the Lewis Elton Gallery show, here are the new 2011 works and a summary of the catalogue text. The Carved Sculptures Edgar’s improvisational methods include not selecting blocks so much as them selecting him, so their material and proportions – which influences the … Continue reading 2011 works: The Human Clay exhibition

A contemporary search for Petworth Marble (or Winklestone)

In the early 1800s, Petworth Marble rivalled many of the stones which were routinely imported from the continent, in both beauty and quality. A kind of shell marble occurring in the Wealden clay at Petworth, its quarrying was concentrated on the Egremont estate at Kirdford and there are accounts of industry at Plaistow. Also called Sussex marble, it was used in several chimney pieces at Petworth House and further afield at Westminster Abbey in Edward the Confessor’s Chapel, the tomb of Edward III and of Richard II and his Queen are both in “grey Petworth Marble” (The Saturday Magazine Supplement, … Continue reading A contemporary search for Petworth Marble (or Winklestone)