Photo: Stephen Charnock in Ormskirk, North West

Stephen Charnock

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Consultant, Community worker

Career Path I established my practice in 1996, a year after attaining a BA (Hons) in three dimensional design. With grants from the PYBT & Business Link the practice grew and developed. To add to the success I was awarded a travel scholarship from the Winston Churchill Trust in 1998 which enabled me to study at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Whilst there I developed new techniques for printing onto ceramics and exhibited a body of work in their gallery. Scartworks began to become recognised for its professional approach and innovative artwork, winning commissions from clients such as The Imperial War Museum of the North, Tesco Supermarkets Plc., The GLA, and Manchester City Council to name but a few. Building upon this success 'Scartworks' became a limited company in 2002. Now with over 15 years experience, the practice has its own fully equipped workshop and studio. It can design and make large scale steel work in house and provides graduate artists with experience and the opportunity to be involved in making public art and develop their own work. To date the practice has successfully produced over 90 commissions for clients throughout the UK. Approach to Commissioned Work Scartworks work on large scale public art projects including sculptures, street furniture & floorscapes. Our approach is site specific, responding to the environment, architecture and available space. Ideas are frequently developed from local sources in order to give the work a sense of place. Concepts are derived from a proposed theme or from consultation with the clients. Scartworks utilise a process of sketch development and research to initiate ideas. Drawings and scale models are produced to develop ideas from which an appropriate form can be assessed for viability, structural suitability and cost. The commission process follows the following steps: Client consultation Development of proposals and scheme frameworks Concept Visualisation & Prototype Modelling Detailed production design work Fabrication Installation Concepts As an artist I explore the relationship between the artwork and its setting. Natural environments may require a sympathetic approach which work in harmony with the landscape, whereas urban or built environments may offer the opportunity for bold highly visible statements. I have a firm belief in getting art out of the gallery setting, and I gain great satisfaction from working with communities to create artwork which expands their understanding of contemporary art. I am particularly interested in works which involve architecture, urban regeneration and collaboration with professional design teams. To each of these new opportunities I bring an open mind and a fresh approach.

Location Ormskirk, North West
Activities Early years education, Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Practice-based research, Built environment, Community arts, Community consultation, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Visual arts consultancy
Artforms / type of project Ceramics, Environment, Metalwork, Public Art, Sculpture
Tags fabrication, lost wax, fine art, bronze foundry, bronze casting, mosaic, aluminium, architectural ceramics, mould making, sketchup

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