Approved: 16.08.2006

Joseph Ingleby


Approved: 16.08.2006


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Artist Statement


Joseph Ingleby's work concerns a combination of two sources - the natural and the mechanistic. Not as two opposing natures, but as a combined, evolved new form - a metamorphosis of inner natures - reflected in shape and content. Joe usually works with metals such as sheet steel, galvanised steel or copper to create abstracted and semi-abstracted volumetric structures. 'Socket' is made from rolled sheet steel with an inner 'core' or softer copper sheet. The outer form is both nautical and seed-like, the inner a more architectural 'yoke', creating a negative socket shape. It explores ideas of metamorphosis, positive and negative, artificial and natural. 'A Taste of Honey', based on a spoon, is made of steel mesh with sheet copper in the spoon end. Evoking ideas of taste, the fragile mesh structure suggests insect wings; the spoon end with its moir of copper stripes, images of a honey bee.


Many sources influence Joe Ingleby, from natural forms of organic shape and growth as well as man-made forms from the industrial world. Movement, growth, evolution and change in shapes are inspirational catalysts in creating his work. In nature, Joe is particularly inspired by the internal and external forms found in seed pods, cell and plant structures. Machinery and aerodynamic aspects such as in the forms and components of aircraft and car design also interest him.

Career path

Joseph Ingleby began with an art foundation course at Hull College of Higher education, followed by a BA (Hons) degree (1st class) in sculpture at West Surrey College (now Surrey institute of ) Art and Design, Farnham. He subsequently attended a post-graduate Higher Diploma in London at the Slade School of Fine Art. His search for a more permanent, affordable, well-equipped studio/workshop led him to join Glasgow Sculpture Studios in 1989. Since then Joe has exhibited in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh and has public sculpture sited in Swindon, Stirling and Aldershot. In 1996 he won a major artist's award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York. Commissions include public sculptures in Alloa, Clackmannanshire; Dalfaber, Aviemore; by the Clyde at Dalmarnock Bridge, Rutherglen, Glasgow and at the Bulwell Riverside, Nottingham. In 2013 he was awarded an Individual Support Grant from the Gottlieb Foundation, New York. His work is in both public and private collections. In 2018 he completed the Denny Treasure Trail, a series of small works commissioned as part of the major regeneration of the town centre of Denny, near Falkirk, Scotland and in 2021 a commission in Lerwick, Shetland as one part of the LOCUS Public Art Trail.

CV & Education

Public commissions

2023  The Tillydrone Tops, Tillydrone, Aberdeen, Scotland

2021   Storm Cargo, LOCUS Public Art Trail, Lerwick, Shetland   

2018   Denny Treasure Trail, Denny, Falkirk, Scotland   

2012   Waterland, Bulwell Riverside, Bulwell, Nottingham, England

2001   Slipstream, Dalmarnock Bridge, Rutherglen, Glasgow

2000   Plant Series, Dalfaber Wood, Aviemore, Scotland

1998   Time Vessel, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland 


2001   Slipstream

Competitions, prizes and awards

2013  Individual Support Grant , The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York 

2011  National Fund for Acquisitions; purchase of Reservoir Tap, University of Stirling Art Collection, University of Stirling, Scotland

1999   Grant towards Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, USA, Hope-Scott Trust, Edinburgh

1999   Grant towards Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, USA, Scottish Arts Council , Edinburgh

1998   The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy Bursary 1998, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

1996   Major award , The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York

1995   Grant towards Scottish Sculpture Open 8 exhibition, Hope-Scott Trust, Edinburgh

Solo exhibitions

1997   Anderson Christie Architects, Glasgow

1993   Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Group exhibitions

2021  10 gram Challenge, Royal Society of Sculptors, RSS Gallery, London

2016  Converge 2016, Visual Arts Scotland; Royal Scottish Academies, Edinburgh 

2010   Engineered, Royal British Society of Sculptors, RBS Gallery, London

2003   Royal Society of British Sculptors Annual Exhibition, RBS Gallery, London 

2002   Royal Society of British Sculptors Annual Exhibition, RBS Gallery, London

2001   Hart Gallery Leeds Exhibition 2001, Phillips Auction House, Leeds

1998   Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

1997   Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

1995   Cast, Carved and Constructed, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews

1995   Scottish Sculpture Open 8, Kildrummy Castle, Aberdeenshire and MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling

1994   Fuse Exhibition, The Italian Centre, Glasgow