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Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2016

The ten finalists

Alexander Devereux

Judges Winner 2015

Alexander Devereux

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Sculpture: 40ft Riveted Beam

Artist Statement

The built environment conditions our lives we are always discovering. Whether they are imposing, inspiring, subtle or specular, the structures that surround us have always been designed to influence the way we see. 40ft Riveted Beam emulates building methods of the industrial age. While bridges and old factory designs of the Victorian era focused on function over form, my work takes the aesthetic out of an industrial context and places it into the realm of contemporary sculpture. This is reinforced by replacing the labour-intensive methods of the industrial age with techniques that take advantage of modern and lightweight materials. Using MDF to imitate the over-engineered qualities of iron and steel, the piece also conveys a theatrical element through its deception.

Biography

In September 2015 Devereux had his first solo show in London, titled Deceiving Grandeur. Graduating Camberwell Collage of Arts with a BA in Sculpture he won the Vanguard Court residency and is supported by international law firm, Clyde and Co. In addition to Broomhill's NSP he exhibited in the Affordable Art Fair 2015 and curated a series of group exhibitions before beginning an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship at UEA.

Alison Atkins

Alison Atkins

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Sculpture: Viewpoint

Artist Statement

Through this body of work I have found that an authentic connection with landscape can only be truly perceived through a fundamental and personal experience with it.

Viewpoint is therefore an invitation. It is a single curl of steel offering viewers an opportunity to step within and isolate themselves momentarily from the wider landscape, allowing a pause – a chance to reflect. The variety of apertures within the steel structure dictate views of the outside, offering perspectives that are both traditional and perhaps more challenging in nature.

Viewpoint is also an experience. In creating a barrier between user and landscape, it aims to address the apparent disconnected relationship between the two.

Biography

Alison Atkins is a Norfolk based artist who has exhibited her work Nationally, with sculpture and painting in both public and private collections. She left Norwich School of Art with a First class (Hons) degree in Sculpture in 2006. Since graduating she has won bursaries which include bronze casting and working with the education team at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She has also been commissioned to produce Public artwork for regeneration and Heritage sites.

Jenny Pope

Special Commendation

Jenny Pope

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Sculpture: Seed Bank

Artist Statement

The process of collecting fascinates me; previous artwork has focused on responding to man-made objects found on beaches and also to the structure of bones. I work on differing scales, producing large concrete forms, as well as porcelain installations. My inspiration for this piece comes from the huge variety of seed and pod shapes that are both exquisitely beautiful and entirely functional. I am responding to their forms and highlighting common structures, to show the huge variety found in nature. By using unglazed pure white porcelain, I draw attention to the often-unobserved detail of their structures. I use a formal display format to allude to museum collections, and the fragility and current precariousness of many of our plant species.

Biography

Jenny Pope graduated with a BA (Hons 1st class) in Design and Applied Art (Ceramics) in 2003 and then an MA in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 2005 from Edinburgh College of Art. She has been on residencies and shown work in numerous group shows in Scotland, UK and Europe, including gardens and galleries. She has a studio in Edinburgh and divides her time between practicing artist and mental health advocacy.

Julia McKinlay

Julia McKinlay

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Sculpture: The Discovered Inhabitants

Artist Statement

Influenced by research expeditions to unique landscapes, museum collections and the writings of explorers, McKinlay's work is an attempt to reveal another world within her work. Her sculptures represent individual characters or elements that are found in nature. Specific subjects are collected together to create a balanced fictional environment within the work. The piece for Broomhill includes a fractured rock, a moss and a fossilised creature that have been discovered in the grounds and put on display. McKinlay works across sculpture, drawing and printmaking and frequently prints are taken using the sculptures as printing blocks, creating a version of the work that lives as a collection of prints.

Biography

Graduated from MFA Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2014. Previously studied BA Sculpture and Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2009. In 2014 was awarded the Boise Travel Scholarship and the Peter and Betty McLean Prize. Exhibited at UCL Art Museum, The Rock Room, UCL Geology Collections, Here Gallery, Bar Lane Studios, The Royal Academy of Scotland. Member of the Printers' Symphony, a collective of printmakers.

Katie Surridge

Special Commendation

Katie Surridge

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Sculpture: Sandscape (River Thames)

Artist Statement

Glass Build London

My work explores the use of detail, and the different visual layers this creates. The sculptures I make can be seen as a whole, or when viewed close up, the small intricacies that make up the piece, can be seen as detailed, individual parts. These could be sand, rusty elements, or other items that often go unnoticed. By drawing attention to everyday items and using them in an unusual way, they are given a new importance. The idea of balance is another common subject in my work.

I often rely on visual experiences and chance discoveries to evolve work. Found images or objects often become inspiration for new work and highlight the inquisitive nature to my practice. My work possesses a playfulness and willingness to explore new materials.

Biography

Katie Surridge studied at the Slade School of Art. She was awarded The Dolbey Scholarship for Art and Travel in 2010 and was one of 4 finalists in the Saatchi's New Sensations competition. She was also selected as a Royal British Sculpture Society, bursary winner in 2011. In 2013 she spent 4 months in China as Swatch watches artist in residence, where she started Little Victories gallery. She is currently training as a blacksmith in Hereford.

Marcus Lanyon

Special Commendation

Marcus Lanyon

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Sculpture: Sentinel

Artist Statement

London Bronze Casting

Ours is no golden age of plenty and leisure time - it is an Age of Panic. Everything interconnected yet so uncommunicative; so much information, so little meaning. My work takes our continuing fixation with concepts of the apocalypse and wider social anxiety as its overarching subject. Using both the traditional disciplines of sculpture and painting, I use materials that reference the different stages of human development to highlight our place in time and our evolving relationships with each other. As an entity that watches or guards, ‘Sentinel' is precisely that - referencing the watchtower, guard-post or fantastical, yet is explicitly neither. We gaze through as it gazes back and beyond, creating a shared experience of watching and being watched.

Biography

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2007 Lanyon was selected as one of the inaugural Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4's '4 New Sensations'. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize. His work is included in the Zabludowicz Collection. He is based in Bristol, UK.

Margarita Trushina

Special Commendation

Margarita Trushina

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Sculpture: Rock Garden For Ritual Without The Myth

Artist Statement

Mike Smith Studio

Sculptural installation 'Rock garden for Ritual without the Myth' could be read as a universal ritual space in which each sculpture indicates a stage in a process of continuous transformation. Unfolding circular movement, where the beginning and the end are interchangeable, the installation is aiming to assemble elements from specific cultural contexts, reflecting on the dynamics of geographical dislocation and other displacements and transactions. Viewers invited to interpret the 'ritual' space and to act freely inside the circle. This installation brings together practices that revisit the idea of RITUAL as a catalyst for transformative experience. Artist explores metaphor, communication and public participation through site-specific installations, sculptures, live performances and interventions. Using natural and synthetic materials parodying those of nature, artist creates work that is both formally beautiful and conceptually rigorous. Often Trushina's works beckon the viewer to suspend their knowledge of the image as a constructed fiction, and imbue them with their beliefs and fantasies.

Biography

Margo Trushina graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL), MA Fine arts in 2010 and Moscow State University, BA Journalism and Photography in 2003. Best known for her immersive large-scale public art installations, Trushina has extensive experience of exhibiting internationally. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Erarta gallery (London, UK) 2015, Solynka state gallery (Moscow, Russia) 2015 and group shows in Germany, Italy and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Michael Pecirno

Michael Pecirno

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Sculpture: The Atmospheric Tide

Artist Statement

The Atmospheric Tide is a sculpture that modifies its appearance to be explicitly in-sync with the climactic conditions of Broomhill Sculpture Park. A series of rectangular metal panels coated in a specialised thermochromic blue paint are minimally stacked and supported via a narrow and delicate center pole.

As the metal panels rise into the sky their colours change from an opaque and bright white to a rich deep blue. The colours of the panels slowly change and shift throughout the day, their colouring affected by the panel's surface temperatures. The result is a sculpture whose form is constantly in flux; passing clouds, heavy cold winds, and bright light directly modify the sculpture's appearance.

Biography

Michael Pecirno is a London-based designer whose work focuses on storytelling through visual and built experiences. His work crosses the boundaries of traditional art and design disciplines in order to create enriched objects, spaces, and ideas through research.

Michael completed his undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing his M.A. from the Royal College of Art's Information Experience Design Programme.

Stephen Coles

Stephen Coles

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Sculpture: B-boy Cush

Artist Statement

Coles Casting

I have always been interested in the identity of a sculpture, regardless of whether a work is figurative or abstract, each piece is an object within its own right and each piece has its own characteristics.

I am intrigued in stripping away the notion of hierarchy, institution and other artificial constructs in order to understand a more authentic sense of self. With these artificial constructs and narratives removed from an individual, it becomes apparent that what you are left with is a person imbued with their own unique characteristics. I feel these characteristics fundamentally underpin and create these larger narratives and that each is reflected upon itself.

B-boy Cush is one piece in an ongoing investigation of the intrinsic nature of character underlying sculpture.

Biography

Stephen Coles graduated from Alfred University, New York, with an MFA in sculpture in 2010, having previously graduated with a 1st class BFA (Hons) in sculpture at The West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen, 2007.

It was whilst studying at Carmarthen that he first came into contact with metal casting, and developed an appreciation of cast metal as a material within his own sculpture practice, furthermore this material led to his interactions and travels in the United States.

Uta Brouet

Public Speaks Winner 2015

Uta Brouet

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Sculpture: Wandering

Artist Statement

Honeyring Ltd Notcutt

'Wandering' represents an anthropomorphic figure, which has been inspired by a traditional metal tool. A totemic Guardian from the front, powerful in its erectness and stillness, a walking figure from the side. In my artistic enquiry I explore the vitality of an animistic parallel world. The in-between states of objects fascinate me, when they have lost their intended function, waiting to become something else. I'm interested in the emotional connections human beings develop with surrounding objects and I'm currently studying the psychological process which leads us to project a personified being onto an inanimate thing. Form and haptic sensations are essential to my work as they have the power to awake primal emotional responses in the viewer.

Biography

Uta Brouet had a career in publishing, communications and interior design before graduating from Heatherley School of Fine Art (2012). She was awarded the Heatherley Sculpture Prize in the same year. Recent exhibitions include: London-Berlin - Contemporary Art by Women at the German Embassy, London; Landscape and Memory, Hewer Street Studios London; The French Art Studio, London.

 

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