Sculptures in the Landscape Exhibition: 18th April – 3rd November 2024 

Sapien was selected by the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park to take part in their upcoming summer exhibition, titled Sculptures in the Landscape. This is the park’s first temporary exhibition with 34 sculptors from across the UK, showing 62 pieces sited alongside a permanent collection of 90 mixed media pieces - all set within 45 acres of beautifully planted woodland gardens, lakes and an arboretum.

Vertebreath sits at the top entrance, welcoming visitors as they spiral down into the magical valley & sculpture trail below. The piece was partly inspired by the Japanese tradition of Wabi-Sabi, making this a match made in heaven.

>> All 62 artworks are available to purchase in person or online via their website. >> Exhibition runs from 18th April - 3rd November 2024. Make an Enquiry

Artwork: Vertebreath (2023)
Materials: Painted, Weathered Steel
Size: 86cm (H) x 810cm (W) x 40cm (D)
Price Range: £5k-£10k
Location: Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, Ripon, Yorkshire, UK

Decolonial Memorial / International Public Art Competition & Exhibition 26th April – 12th May 2024

Sapien was a finalist for the Decolonial Memorial, a monumental €750,000 commission set by the Berlin Global Village. The upcoming exhibition will present all finalist submissions alongside the winning design proposal to the public in Berlin.

Inspired by ancient Mandalas and African weaving, my concept threads hidden poems to create resilient inner-structures. The design (pictured above) was selected from over 300 international applications to take part in the 2nd phase of the project. 20 global artists and collectives were shortlisted & paid to develop the initial concepts into full, detailed proposals and manufacturing plans.

The Afro-Mandala proposal will be on display alongside the 20 finalists and winning design from 26th April to 12th May 2024 at Museum Neukölln, Berlin which includes a digital exhibition on their website.

>> Meet the 20 finalists >> Visit the online exhibition 

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Aesthetica Art Prize Long-list & Group Exhibition 2024

Sapien was long-listed for the prestigious Aesthetica Art Prize two years running (2023 & 2024). 100 long-listed and 20 shortlisted, contemporary artists were selected from over 3000 international entries to take part in the annual group exhibition at the York Art Gallery which included a two day symposium and double page spread in the Future Now anthology. 

I had a wonderful couple of days in York celebrating the annual Art Prize. Such an inspirational exhibition and enlightening 2 day symposium of talks, networking and catching up with industry friends. A must-see show if you're in the area.

>> The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition runs between 16 February and 21 April 2024 at York Art Gallery. >> See profile on the Aesthetica Website

Great Yarmouth Public Art Commission 2024

Delighted to announce Sapien has been commissioned for Great Yarmouth’s exciting new public art trail. Eleven pieces of art have been commissioned by Great Yarmouth Borough Council to create a major new cultural trail for the town, focusing on the themes of maritime and medieval history, arts heritage, seaside, transport and energy - to create a rich and involving experience for locals and visitors.

The large Corten steel sculpture titled: Vortebreath (pictured above) was selected for capturing the rampant spirit of nature and renewable energy. The name stitches two words together: ‘Vortex’ and ‘breath’ symbolising the process of converting air into living energy. The energy industry plays a vital role in the local economy with offshore wind farms replacing the historic fishing industry, and fast becoming a key feature of the Yarmouth landscape.

Looking forward to sharing more as the project develops!

>> Commission Enquiries >> Get in touch

Royal Society of Sculptors Membership (MRSS)

Delighted and proud to announce Sapien's recent acceptance into the prestigious Royal Society of Sculptors. The Royal Society of Sculptors was founded more than 100 years ago and aims to champion contemporary sculpture and the artists who create it.

It’s such a massive honour to be alongside so many prominent international artists. Well-known historic members have included Sir George Frampton, William Reid Dick, Gibert Bayes, Feodora Gleichen, Franta Belsky, and Edward Bainbridge Copnall with current contemporary members inc. Alex Chinneck, Halima Cassell, Gerry Judah, Nick Hornby to name a few.

>> See Sapien's profile on the RSS website

Angel of the North Visit / February 2024

I’ve dreamt of visiting Gormley’s monumental Angel of the North for years. The scale and presence of this famous Corten steel sculpture are mind blowing, the proportions really mess with your head. It stands at 20 metres tall but it’s wingspan is a tremendous 53 metres wide - this totally camouflages how tall it is.

It felt fitting to stop bye on route to a pretty epic public art interview in Scotland, not quite on the same scale as this but still a monumental commission if selected. Hopefully some of the angel's rusty magic will rub off.

I didn’t want to leave!

Art in Manufacturing Commission & Residency / Festival: 8th & 9th July 2023, Blackburn

Wave Sweeper is a metal sculpture, specially commissioned by the National Festival of Making as part of their headline commissioning programme - Art in Manufacturing.

Inspired by folkloric stories unearthed during my recent residency with SWS UK (manufacturer of security shutters) the piece is an expression of the manufacturer’s place in rural Lancashire with its close proximity to the river Lune and Irish sea.

Manannán (son of the sea), is a warrior king of the Otherworld in Irish and Manx mythology. He is said to own a self-navigating boat named Sguaba Tuinne ("Wave-sweeper") He sometimes visits the land of the living - his movement is compared to the wind taking the form of a thundering wheel rolling across the landscape.

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New Edition Release: Vertebreath 

Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Wabi-sabi, Vertebreath is an abstract steel sculpture, painstaking hand crafted from 240 individual components meticulously welding together here in the studio. The piece is finished with a labour intensive patination process to give a unique, dark finish. Each of the 24 blades are punctuated with tiny holes allowing air to move through the artwork as it leaps and twists to life. The holes read 'IN' & 'EX' to symbolise the life giving inhale-exhale exchange.

Artwork: Vertebreath (2023)
Materials: Painted, Weathered Steel
Size: 86cm (H) x 810cm (W) x 40cm (D)
Price Range: £5k-£10k

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Holes in an Expanding Mind, Solo Exhibition: 21st - 25th April 2023, Yorkshire Artspace.

Holes in an Expanding Mind: Sapien's first major solo exhibition, showed new abstract steel sculptures embedded with poem fragments, alongside older works - reflecting on a challenging journey of illness & self transformation. The sculptures expose boundary lines between opposing elements: joy & suffering, mind and matter, nature and machinery, steel and spirituality.

With thanks to Arts Council England.

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