Approved: 16.08.2006

Danny Manning

Artist, Maker, Teacher, Community worker, Art therapist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I was originally trained in Fine Art and Sculpture at Central Saint Martins and focussed on installation work working in wood and photography.

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  • Location: Eastbourne, South East
  • Activities: Adult education, Workshops, Art therapy, Studio practice
  • Categories: Basketry, Environment, Sculpture, Woodwork, Community
  • Tags: forestry community permaculture


I was originally trained in Fine Art and Sculpture at Central Saint Martins and focussed on installation work working in wood and photography.

With a move to East Sussex, I began to experiment in a wider range of materials including glass, wire, recycled materials, paper and mosaic fragments .I started to create single pieces and exhibited them in the South East. I trained in Adult and Community Education and started to run a variety of weekend courses focussing on craft.

Ten years ago, I decided to persue my passion in horticulture alongside my sculptural practise and trained to become a professional gardener. This opened up a whole new realm of natural materials to work with including willow and seasonal cuttings to create into a variety of new sculptural garden forms.

Commissions followed, including large lifesize figures for Eastbourne Ancestors Exhibition in wire and willow and developing a range of foraging, forestry and basketry workshops for the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Most recently, I am working on developing a range of foraging and forestry craft workshops and creating large scale willow basketry sculpture celebrating nearly forgotten crafts and techniques in willow.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1991 - BA Hons, First Class, Fine Art, Central St Martins, London 1991 - Postgraduate study, Warsaw Academy of Fine Art, Poland 1986 - Studied Painting and Drawing, part of degree programme, Cantebury College of Art and Design 1984 - Foundation Course, Medway College of Art and Design Solo exhibitions 2005 - Big Bugs, I O Gallery,, Brighton, East Sussex 2001 - Animal Crackers, mosaic animal sculpture, 10 Gallery, Brighton 2000 - Drawings, Anatomical Animals, Lewes Gallery, Lewes, East Sussex 2000 - Mosaic Sculptural Figures, Brighton Designers and Makers, 10 Gallery, Brighton Group exhibitions 2008 - Sculpture Trail, Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex 2008 - Sussex Downs College Open Exhibition (Eastbourne Festival), Sussex Downs College, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne 2007 - Captured - Cabinets of Curiosity and Contemporary Crafts, The Haven Gallery,, Boston, Lincs 2006 - Eastbourne Open Art Exhibition - Winner Sculpture category, Chaseley Trust, Eastbourne 2004 - Contemporary Connections, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Maidstone, Kent 2003 - Autumn Show, Paddon and Paddon, Eastbourne, East Sussex 2003 - 'Encounters' - Sussex Open, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex 2003 - London Cow Parade, various venues, London 2002 - Art for the Garden, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton 2000 - Hung, Drawn and Quartered, entry used to publicise event, on posters, invitation cards and Website, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, East Sussex Workshops 2006 - Childrens Puppetry Workshops, Ditchling Museum, Ditchling, East Sussex Educational experience - primary 2006 - Insect project, Hankham Primary School , Stone Cross, Eastbourne 2005 - Big draw, Wetlands Trust, Arundel, West Sussex, Arundel, West Sussex Educational experience - tertiary 2006 - Adult Education Tutor, Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne, East Sussex