Laurence Edwards





Born Suffolk

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 Ranasinghe
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 sculptors

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 community

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 life-size bronze

Starts work on the Predicament series
Laurence Edwards: Recent Sculpture solo exhibition at the Delfina Studios Gallery, London

Solo exhibition at the Hannah Peschar Gallery, Surrey, featuring the Predicament series
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 Farm Studios.
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 Cathedral
Solo exhibitions at the Chappel Galleries, Essex and at Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire
Included in the Artists of Fame and Promise exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
Walking Man permanently sited in landscape near Eye, Suffolk

First 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, Chicago
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 Gallery, Cambridge
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, Suffolk

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 1

Starts part-time lecturing in Critical Studies at Norwich School of Art
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 coast
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 beds
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 art gallery
First documentary about his work made by Aldeburgh Films, covering the making and siting of the Giants series
BBC Radio 4 interview, BBC TV feature.
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 London
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 Ian Collins
‘Artists and People’ Green Pebble Publications.
Lynne Strover Gallery .
Lucy Johnson, Gallery
Caroline Wisweman. Sculpture Park Glemham Hall,Suffolk. (Frink, Moore, Gormley, etc)

‘East Coast Show’. 8 East Anglian artists. Messums Cork St London (Feb)
Art at the Edge, Olympic. Touring show, (2012 venues below)
Ashmolian Museum,Oxford . Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Oxo Tower, Southbank London.

"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)