LAURENCE EDWARDS FRBS
1983 – 1985
Studies Foundation Art at Lowestoft College, Suffolk
1985 – 1988
Studies Sculpture at Canterbury College of Art, Kent; tutors include
Anthony Caro and John Gibbons
1988 – 90
Postgraduate student at the Royal College of Art, London; studies Bronze
Casting and Sculpture with Philip King, Professor of Sculpture, and
Eduardo Paolozzi; studies casting with Sri Lankan Master Founder Tissa
Awarded a Henry Moore Bursary, the Angeloni Prize for Bronze Casting
and an Intach Travelling Scholarship, enabling him to travel during
the summers of 1989 and 1990 throughout the Indian sub-continent to
study traditional methods of bronze casting and to work alongside Indian
Establishes first foundry and studio at Clock House, Bruisyard, Suffolk
Starts working on Nature Morte series
Exhibits Nature Morte series in the coastal marshland near Aldeburgh
Works on Totemic series
Moves from Bruisyard to set up studio at Yew Tree Farm, Laxfield, Suffolk
Builds bronze foundry and establishes Yew Tree Farm Studios artistic
Shows the Nature Morte series at The Crypt Gallery, London
Starts work on Squatting Figure series
Solo exhibition Laurence Edwards: Interior Motives at Christchurch Mansion,
Ipswich, includes the Squatting Figure series and Walking Man, his first
Starts work on the Predicament series
Laurence Edwards: Recent Sculpture solo exhibition at the Delfina Studios
Solo exhibition at the Hannah Peschar Gallery, Surrey, featuring the
Moves to Yoxford
Marries sculptor Johanne Humphreys
Included in the Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition
Produces the Snap and Keeping it Together series
Included in the Disembodied: Exploring the Human Form exhibition at the
Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich
Sets up the first USA-UK Iron Pour workshops and symposium at Yew Tree
Exhibits in Young British Sculptors at the Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
Works in St Petersburg and exhibits in An English Perspective at the
Union of Artists
Appointed Artist-in-Residence for the Bury St Edmunds Festival, working
on Projection series
Projections: New Sculptures by Laurence Edwards exhibition at St Edmundsbury
Solo exhibitions at the Chappel Galleries, Essex and at Rufford Country
Included in the Artists of Fame and Promise exhibition at the Beaux Arts
Walking Man permanently sited in landscape near Eye, Suffolk
son, Simeon is born
Exhibits in the Iron Sculptors exhibition at the Grounds for Sculpture,
New Jersey, and in the Ferrocious exhibition at the Bodyworks Gallery,
Starts work on Stations of the Cross series
Works with artist Les Bicknell on Meridian, a Millennium public art
commission project in Louth
Organises the Ferrindipity Iron Pour at Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota
Stations of the Cross series exhibited at the Church of The Blessed Virgin,
Woolpit, Suffolk as part of the Stations: The New Sacred Art project
organised by Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery
Solo exhibitions at the John Russell Gallery, Ipswich and the Lynn Strover
Produces Surrender to the Gaze series
Works with the photographer Mark Limbrick on the Panocamera Project
at the Yew Tree Farm Studios, and later creates a Panocamera installation
at St Peter’s Church, Ipswich
Shows Surrender to the Gaze series at Sculpture on the Green at Norwich
Castle, a Breaking the Mould Tate Partnership exhibition
Projection 1 installed in the grounds of the University of Surrey
Works on Standing up to Scrutiny series
Second son, Julian is born
Shows Standing up to Scrutiny series in The Naked Truth, a Tate Partnership
exhibition at the Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn.
Included in The Darkened World exhibition at the Britten Pears Library,
during the Aldeburgh Festival, which also features the work of Sidney
Nolan, Bill Woodrow, Jonathan Clarke and Kate Giles
Exhibits at Artevent, Eindhoven , Holland
Solo exhibition at the Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge
Exhibits in About Face: Get Your Head Around Sculpture at The Croydon
Clocktower alongside works by Rodin, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, Antony
Gormley and Tracey Emin
Starts Transcriptions series, working from the Old Masters
Sets up Gallery 26, a small experimental exhibition space in Yoxford,
Moves studio to Butley Mills, near Orford, where he builds a larger foundry
and creates a complex of studios
Curates Land & Light exhibition at Wingfield Arts, Suffolk
Against the Tide commissioned by Ipswich for the River Gipping
Works on Organic Figure series
Works on Headfuck and Stalk series
Makes Creek, his first large sculpture made out of organic matter from
the marshland landscape
Produces Creek Heads series
Messum’s Gallery, London, commissions 9 feet bronze of Predicament
Starts part-time lecturing in Critical Studies at Norwich School
Messum’s commissions three life-size figures: Kite, Hover and In
the Balance, and starts to represent the artist
Produces Studio Detritus series and Studio Still-Life series
Organises the Arts Council funded Shopped project with students from
Norwich School of Art
Wins the Royal Society of Portrait Sculpture Award for Grin and Bare
Three figures from the Surrender to the Gaze series are permanently sited
on private land overlooking the Alde river at Iken, by the Suffolk
Starts to work on Giants, a new series of large figure bronzes
Starts work on Orion and Cedalion, a large-scale bronze sculpture commission
to be sited near Lourdes in the Pyrenees, France
Develops idea of Organic Figures further and creates Earthed series of
half-human, half-nature figures
Major solo exhibition, Creek Men, at Snape Maltings during the Aldeburgh
Festival, includes siting of three 9 feet bronze figures among the reed
First monograph about his life and work written by John Sheeran and published
by Sheeran Lock, who also feature his work on their international online
First documentary about his work made by Aldeburgh Films, covering the
making and siting of the Giants series
BBC Radio 4 interview, BBC TV
Sculptor in residence, at The National Casting Centre, Alfred University,
New York State, USA.
‘Orion’ installed in Pyrenees.
First publication, ‘Creek Men, a journey’. Published
by Clock house Arts Association. Introduction by Christopher Le Brun
RA. Launch spring 2009 with Aldeburgh Literary festival, also featuring,
Sebastian Faulks, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Drabble.
Accompanied by Solo Exhibition Aldeburgh Gallery.
Elected Associate member Royal Society of British Sculptors.
Large bronze gateway commission (Private)
Over life size ‘Crouching Man’ Commission (Messum's)
Solo Show Messum's Cork St London
Published 80 pg catalogue.
‘Naked’ show at Royal Society British Sculptors
Cromwell rd London
Featured in the ‘Aldeburgh Anthology’ Aldeburgh Music Publication
Employing Full time assistant
Purchased New Studio an x Fire Station, Saxmundham (in addition to Butley)
Set up Large modelling - drawing - Painting studios
Society British Portrait Sculptors, Cork St.
Royal Academy Summer Show.
‘(In)visible’ mixed show (4 artists) Edel Assanti Vauxhall
bridge rd, London.
Art Fairs, San Fransisco, Toronto, ‘20-21 British Art Fair’ RCA
Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail, Nfk,
Ex Lecturers Show, New University Campus Gallery. Ipswich. Suffolk.
Lords Wood Sculpture Show Messum's, Marlow.
Featured in ‘Making Waves’ East Anglian Artists’ by
‘Artists and People’ Green Pebble Publications.
Lynne Strover Gallery .
Lucy Johnson, Gallery
Caroline Wisweman. Sculpture Park Glemham Hall,Suffolk. (Frink, Moore,
‘East Coast Show’. 8 East Anglian artists. Messums Cork St
Art at the Edge, Olympic. Touring show, (2012 venues below)
Ashmolian Museum,Oxford . Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Oxo Tower, Southbank
"Contemporary Perspectives", Mall Galleries,London.( group show April)
'Beast of Burden'. 14ft wide sculpture installed on the alter at Blythburgh Church , Suffolk.
'The Figure' 4 man show , Messums Cork St London (Spring)
'Society of British Portrait Sculptors' Cork St London (Spring)
'Exchange'. 2 man show with Maggi Hambling, Lynne Strover Gallery , Cambridge. (summer)
'Art Pilgrimage', Arts festival Mount Amelia Ingoldisthorpe, Norfolk. (Summer)
Elected 'Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors'.
"Sculptors drawings' . Pangolin, Kings place, London. (September)
Lectures and Talks:
3 Talks on British Sculpture for the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape
Lectures at Ma Sculpture Colchester Institute, Hull School of Art & Design (October)
Will be shown at 20-21 Art Fair RCA, London, and Toronto Art Fair, with Messums this Autumn.
Jan Feb. Gallery show 'Sala Pares', Barcelona
Feb. Gallery show and 'McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery', Melbourne Australia.
Feb/ March. 2 man show 'Mossgreen' Melbourne, Australia (with Dominic Welsh)
One man show 'Messums', Cork St London, 80 page catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. Opening 19th June (open for one month).
Messums, 'LordsWood' Marlowe, selection of new large works to coincide with Cork St. (Opening 21st June open through the summer).
Dedication of new Alter piece at Blythburgh Church Suffolk. service on 26th May.
Final installation of 12 Chimp sculptures at 'Dryland' 96 High St Kensington, June. (Open to the public)
"East Anglian Artists" Messums, Cork St .
"Figuring" Three man show Royal society of Sculptors, Kensington
"Naked Clay" Hull
Installed 'Carrier' Lake Zurich Switzerland.
Toronto, Art Fair
20-21 Art Fair RCA, London.
One man show ' Mossgreen', Armadale, Melbourne, Australia.
One Man Show 'Mossgreen', Rushcutters bay, Sydney.
Guest Artist, 'Cley Contemporary' Cley next to Sea Norfolk.
Prize winner 'Society of British Sculptors' London.
'Sculpture by the Sea', Bondi - Sydney.
Winner of the 'Macquarie sculpture prize'. Sculpture by the sea.
Featured in the New York Times, Guardian.
Sydney and Toronto Art Fairs.
One man show 'Messums', Cork St London.
Publication of 90 page Catalogue/ monograph
Sculpture Commission installation at the opening of the 'Bei Wu Sculpture Park', Weissensee, Berlin. (June)
Opening new Studio and large scale Foundry, in Haleseworth Suffolk. (March to June)
By Robert Macfarlane, January 2016
Essay Introduction penned by the acclaimed author Robert Macfarlane
WORK OF LAURENCE EDWARDS'
BY JOHN SHEERAN
John Sheeran worked for a decade in museums, including for seven years
as Curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. In 1990, he set up the creative
art consultancy Sheeran Lock. He has curated numerous exhibitions since
then, including ‘Our World in the Year 2000: The United Nations
Millennium Art Exhibition’ at UN Headquarters, New York. He also
curates the Sheeran Lock Online Art Gallery (www.sheeranlockartgallery.com).
BY IVAN KNAPP
Ivan Knapp, Is a student studying at Edinburgh University. Who worked
at Laurence's studio for a week in the Summer of 2010
'Introduction to 'The Creek Men' Book', 2008
Christopher Le Brun PRA
Christopher Le Brun is a prominent painter and sculptor, also current President of the Royal Academy, London.