Approved: 02.08.2016

Tony Humbleyard


Approved: 02.08.2016







      Poetic statements & Sculptural forms


      My work incorporates random journeys, direct experience and the gathering of found objects. I construct sculptures, poetic statements and mythologies, seeking out the patterns and continuities that lie beneath the surface of our internal and external geographies. Those shifting sands where we construct our concepts of reality, the templates for our actions in the world. As experience becomes increasingly commodified, my work acts as a counterweight, a reclamation of being present in any given place. Using space itself (geographical/social/imaginal) as an element that conjures forms and narratives, a way of testing this present moment and our relationship to it.


      ‘Rock, fences, cloud and houses/ marks in a landscape/ looking for the     continuities/ an alchemical gathering of found objects and direct experience/the space between thoughts/ liminal places/ dissident voices carried in the wind/ new ecologies ebb and flow/ a quiet wisdom carried in the cadence of a stream…’


      Abandoning guidebooks/maps/signs in favour of wandering/direct experiences. The ‘found object’ offers an aesthetic of things imperfect and impermanent, a simplicity of form. Marked by time, eroded by the elements, artefacts of our past and present. In engaging with the past I don’t seek to romanticize it. I am exploring the continuities and patterns which inform our present and act as waymarkers to possible futures. Often my final sculptures arise from a relationship between objects/materials which is an intuitive process unfolding over many months and many journeys.


      Living and working in a geographically remote community (Unst Shetland Islands) I am interested in the possibilities of collaboration as a working process. For me it enables a deeper exploration of the work itself and the  possibilities that arise when other, hands, eyes, perceptions and skills are involved. I am especially interested in working across disciplines.


      CV & Education


      Tony Humbleyard CV

      Sculptor/Installation artist

       2017 Openspace residency programme at the Shorestation.

      2014    Stone Carving course,Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

      2007/9  Fine Art BA(hons)- Moray (UHI)

      2005  Fine Art (HND) - Calderdale College

      2004  Art Therapy training - Leeds Met

      2003  Art & Conflict Training - Marian Liebmen

      2002  Certificate in Education - Leeds


      Exhibitions etc.

      2017 'Walking the Spaces'  collaboration with dancer Kathryn Spence

      2017  Openspace Residency  with Elisabeth Schilling Sixfold

      2016 Bone & Shadow with dancer/choreographer Jack Webb Bonhoga Shetland

      2015   Drift  installation with Vision Mechanics - Shetland

      2014   Experience Bronze - Milton Gallery Banchory 

      2013   Bare  Exhibition  - Staircase Gallery Lomond

      2013   All Talk  - NEA Gallery Edinburgh

      2013   Pathways of Desire -  Coast Festival Banff

      2013   Natural Selection  -  Moray Arts Centre

      2010   Sculpture exhibition  - Pittenween Festival

      2009   SSW Residency  - Lumsden

      Awards 2017

      Openspace Residencies - funded by Creative Scotland

      Visual Arts Development Award - Shetland Arts