Approved: 16.08.2006

James Sutton

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

James Sutton - Artist, sculptor and community arts facilitator based in the East Midlands.

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Artist Statement

James Sutton - Artist, sculptor and community arts facilitator based in the East Midlands.

I work in a variety of materials but specialise in carving stone and sculptural metalwork. I regularly exhibit throughout the country and produce work to commission for private clients and create public art for councils and organisations.

My Studio is based on Hall Farm in Gainsborough and is set up to facilitate the creation of large scale stone carvings, next to my studio is a working blacksmiths forge and a barn kitted out with industrial metal working equipment.

 I specialise in creating site specific public art, working with communities to inform the design, ensuring that it is personal and individual to the site.

In the past I have run all kinds of Creative Workshops for the community, working with all ages and abilities from care homes to primary schools, people with special needs, mental health difficulties and isolated groups in the community.

CV & Education

Formal art qualifications:
PG Certificate in Arts Practice 2007
BA (Hons) Contemporary Decorative Crafts
Metal work and Blacksmithing by
Spitfire Forge 2012-15
Portrait Sculpture 2015
Bronze Casting course 2008
Forged metal sculpture course

Current Exhibitions:

Biscuit Factory

Solo Exhibitions:
2010 Solo Exhibition Tarpey Gallery
2009 Solo Exhibition Abbey Walk Gallery

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Doddington

2015 Sculpture in the sanctuary
2014 Passion Arts Trail
2012 Unravelling Nymans
2012 Doddington Sculpture Show
2012 Art in the Garden, Manchester
2012 Harding House Gallery
2012 Biscuit Factory
2012 Unravelled Nymans National Trust
2012 Tarpey Gallery
2012 Trinity arts Centre
2011 Centre for Design and craft, Sleaford
2011 A Decade of Sculpture in The Garden
2011 Biscuit Factory
2011 Sculpture in the Sanctuary
2011 Rufford County Park
2009 The Garden Art Gallery, Hampshire
2009 Art in The Garden, Hillier Gardens
2007  The Collection, Lincoln
2007  The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2007  20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe

2006  Ropewalk Gallery
2005  Hub gallery Sleaford


Public Art

Currently creating 3 life size Lincoln long wool sheep out of metal for Branston Village.

Commissioned by Raf Waddington to create a 7ft stainless steel sculpture to commemorate the bases 100th birthday.

Commissioned by Transported to create 2 large stone sculptures inspired by Sir Joseph Banks for Boston woods trust.

2 pieces of sculptural metal work, installed outside Geoff Moulder leisure centre in Boston. Designs informed by community workshops. Commissioned by TRANSPORTED.

Commission to create 6 large stone carvings making a trail along Windsor crescent in Boston. Designs informed by community workshops. Commissioned by TRANSPORTED.

Holten-le-clay village sign in stainless steel.

Commission to create a set of 2 public gates and four sculptural panels for Central Bedfordshire council.

4 large sculptures for Tesco in Lincoln as part of their redevelopment designed by local schools.
1 ton pieces of ancestor hard white Limestone carved in to a swan and cygnets. £4500
1 metre diameter Limestone whorls disc with engravings. £2000
Larger than life steel sculpture of a family group. £2000
I also designed a bench made out of wood and steel created by Spitfire Forge and Mick Burns.

(Spitfire Forge collaboration)    
6 hand forged steel panels for ‘Astal Park’ Bridge balustrade. Commissioned by Leighton Buzzard
Council. Inspired by pictures of Spitfire planes generated through community workshops.

(Spitfire Forge collaboration)
18 panel ‘Swale Bridge’ balustrade commission for Leighton Buzzard Council. Inspired by the river
bed wildlife and community engagement workshops, created out of hand forged Steel.

(Spitfire Forge collaboration)
North Kesteven School, ‘Courage’ commission, 3 life size dancing figures created out of Steel

City Arts Health and wellbeing site specific bird sculptures. Wire

Art for Health: Public art commission to create a sculpture trail for the outside of a newly built
health centre, involving the local community and schools in Accrington. Web Link Stone.


Workshop Experience
I regularly run creative workshops and community projects for all ages and abilities having worked with over 150 different schools and organisations. Past clients include; Mencap, City Arts, Rufford Craft Centre, National centre for craft and design, Usher Gallery, The Collection, Various councils including Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire,Primary schools, secondary schools, academies, Special schools, Lincoln University, Creative Partnerships and many more. Please just let me know if you want further details.