The Surrey Sculpture Society - The Autumn Lecture

I am thrilled to have been asked by The Surrey Sculpture Society to give their Autumn Lecture and contribute to their ‘Understanding Sculpture’ programme, an opportunity for leading sculptors to share their experience, inspiration and skills with the Society’s members and any members of the public who have an interest in sculpture. 

The lecture will be held at Surrey University in the Austin Pearce Lecture Theatre 1 on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30 pm. Tickets: £5 at the door and free to SSS members and students.

‘We are very excited about having such an accomplished and highly respected sculptor as Michael Speller presenting one of our lectures,’ commented Henriette van der Does, Chair of the SSS. ‘The lecture will form part of our ‘Understanding Sculpture’ series of events and this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in sculpture to come and find out how one of our leading sculptors works.’

 

For tickets and bookings contact: Janet Morton at janetvictoria@icloud.com or call 07946 478046.

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

The Surrey Sculpture Society started as a group of just fourteen sculptors living in Surrey 24 years ago – the Surrey Sculpture Society has grown into a major force, now attracting considerable interest from the media and was featured on the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show and on BBC One TV. The SSS now has over 250 members spread across the South East of England and further afield across the UK, encompassing both professionals and talented emerging sculptors.  It aims to promote interaction between sculptors, to organise exhibitions and to encourage an appreciation of sculpture.  The Society stages major events annually in prestigious venues including 2 RHS Gardens - RHS Wisley and RHS Hyde 

 

                                                                                                                                                         

For further information about the SSS visit www.surreysculpture.org.uk

 

Hannah Peschar Garden

I have this month installed Embracing in the stunning Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, in Dorking, which has just opened for the summer

The Sculpture Garden was the brainchild of owner and curator Hannah Peschar over 30 years ago, and has grown from a handful of sculptures to over 200 pieces exhibited every summer. 

The range of works selected by the curators is wide with styles varying from figurative to highly abstract, innovatively using contemporary metals, wire, glass, ceramics and plastics as well as the more traditional stone, wood and bronze. Each sculpture is placed in a carefully considered and meaningful relationship with the other featured works within the garden, created by co-curator and award-winning landscape designer, Anthony Paul. The result is an inspired combination of peaceful, enclosed harmony and dramatic, surprise vistas in an ever-changing environment.

 

The Sculpture Garden is open Thursday to Saturday and every Bank Holiday Monday 11.00am - 6.00pm until 29th October.

For more information and the website click here

 

It's Gold at Chelsea

What a fabulous Chelsea Show, the sun shone endlessly, visitors poured in and the best news of the show has to be Kate Gould winning a Gold medal, for her City Living Garden. Within her stunning, three tier city garden she incorporated Nourish, with a wide polished steel ring which beautifully reflected all her amazing planting.  

Nourish, in Kate Gould's City Living Garden, awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Show for Fresh.

Nourish, in Kate Gould's City Living Garden, awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Show for Fresh.

The garden was so deserving of Best in Show for the Fresh Gardens, the competition was pretty tough, so well done to everyone - the week before Chelsea, when we were all building our stands, things were not easy, there was torrential rain, thank goodness it rained then and not for the visitors!

With Kate Gould

With Kate Gould

Thank you for all your support, it was a great to see so many friends, a great week! 

Michael and Sally

Chelsea

The countdown to RHS Chelsea Show is on!

Chelsea 2016

Chelsea 2016

As ever it's quite a mad time for me, this year I am showing a collection of my latest work, created last year for my Mayfair solo show. So days are filled with visits to the foundry, finalising the stand design and completing a work called Nourish which has been commissioned for Kate Gould's show garden - City Living.

 

Nourish

Nourish

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is from Tuesday 23rd -Saturday 27th May. My stand is CFS17, close to Kate Gould's show garden - City Living and the Grand Pavilion. Do drop by, all the best people do!

Queen  Chelsea

Day's like today

It’s been an amazing journey since my first day at Chelsea College of Arts to extraordinary days like today – the installing of half a ton of  bronze lowering the piece by hydraulic crane into the middle of a Koi Carp pond.  Sculpting is a passion and one that I am privileged to share with many others in such diverse walks of life.

We have been working on a new website which is really an incredible archive and gallery of my work, I hope you will enjoy!

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My latest Film

I have just completed the film which we made at my solo show at The Clarendon Gallery back in November – I hope you enjoy seeing the work again and thank you all for your support – here’s to a healthy and happy 2017!

What a night!

A big thank you to all who came on Wednesday night, a fabulous opening night, the gallery had never had so many guests in one evening nor served so much champagne!

 At the end of the night I realised that, despite spinning like a top, I missed welcoming everyone but just to let you know, I am so grateful that you made the time to come and see my work.

Save the Date

This show of bronze sculptures is inspired by my newly created 'Encompass', which was unveiled earlier this year, in Greenwich, by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York. I have created several brand new, exciting pieces for this show, including a small version of the original Encompass, which was a staggering 2.4m sphere. The smaller version might be a slightly more suitable size for most! 

I will be showing over 30 pieces at The Clarendon from Thursday 24th November through to mid December, so I do hope you can come along. The private view is on Wednesday 23rd November from 6.00-8.30pm - if you would like an invitation, please drop me an email.

Encompass

I am delighted to have just completed Encompass, a small version of the commission which was unveiled earlier this year, it will be on show for the first time at my solo show, Encompass next month. This extraordinary bronze sphere with a 40cm diameter took a staggering 800 hours to compete, delicate yet extremely strong it throws the most mesmerising shadows from the interlinking bronze figures that make up it’s structure.

A limited edition of the unique figures, Encompassing Sailors will be available in bronze, just 30cm in length; I thought they would make the most stunning paperweights.