Approved: 16.08.2006

Richard Thornton

Artist, Consultant, Gallerist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Professional experience
With twenty years experience as a sculptor, teacher and site specific artist I will contribute the following specific skills and experience to your project:
Designed, manufactured and installed more than 15 large-scale sculptures for a variety of private, local authority and individual clients throughout the UK.
Successfully completed more than 30 public art projects

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  • Location: Newark, East Midlands
  • Artforms: Sculpture
 

Biography

Professional experience With twenty years experience as a sculptor, teacher and site specific artist I will contribute the following specific skills and experience to your project: Designed, manufactured and installed more than 15 large-scale sculptures for a variety of private, local authority and individual clients throughout the UK. Successfully completed more than 30 public art projects using skills in project management, negotiation, partnership working and liaison. I have worked with arts agencies, local authorities, business and community groups. As a site specific sculptor I have produced commissioned work for a wide variety of environments/locations: rural, urban, regeneration, new build. I work with partners to ensure that the finished sculpture works within its environment, compliments the total project and has a positive impact for its community of viewers. Projects at Blackburn, Chesterfield, Cambridge, London, Nottingham and Bradford, amongst others, have included a specific element of community involvement through workshops and discussion. I am always aware, however, that public art must be sensitive to the local environment and community of users of a space. As a sculpture fellow and teacher I have long regarded the involvement and support of young sculptors as being central to my practice. 3rd year and recent graduates work within my studio and are involved in all aspects of my public art practice. As a joint project manager for several projects I have administrative and budget management skills up to 100,000 pounds; I have recruited and supported artists; organised and delivered workshop and consultation programmes. Currently a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Current projects include: Landmark work for the Tannery, Leeds in conjunction with Careyjones architects/Kier group. Programme of public art for a development in Leicester for Metropolitan Housing with Mansells Builders and Franklin Ellis architects.