ABOUT

Neil Wood has been a practicing professional sculpture and fine artist for three decades. He has many years experience teaching and lecturing in fine art and sculpture at institutions in the UK. He has worked in various settings; in education, as artist in residence and visiting lecturer, alongside his practice producing sculpture for exhibition and commissions.

He employs a Modernist methodology to explore the human condition in the 21st century. He continues to use the figure as a vehicle to explore formal material qualities and visual language as a means of expressing, often complex ideas, about the world we inhabit and the nature of human experience and relationships. 

He sees his practice as two distinct strands; public commissions and gallery artworks. Commissions provide opportunities to work on a large scale requiring understanding of sculpture in specific context and an engagement with community and stake holders. Sculpture for galleries represents a more direct creative output, where the work develops, free from the constraints of a commission brief. The work evolves by experimentation with materials and process.

    SELECTED BIOGRAPHY
     
    b-1963
     
    education

    Rochdale College of Art, Foundation Certificate in Art & Design, 1984-85

    Wimbledon School of Art, BA Hons Degree in Fine Art – Sculpture, 1985-88

    Keele University, MA Visual Art in Contemporary Culture (Theory), 1995-97

    Staffordshire University, PGCE Level 7 DTTLS, 2008-09

    exhibitions

    Cannizaro Park, London, group exhibition, 1986- 88

    Carters Gallery, Cheshire, solo exhibition, 1991

    Ridware Art Centre, Staffordshire, solo open-air exhibition, 1991

    Wedgwood Memorial College, Staffordshire, permanent collection, 1991

    Custard Factory, Birmingham, group exhibition, 1994

    Shelton Studio Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, solo exhibition, 1995

    Hanover Gallery, Liverpool, solo exhibition, 1996

    Big Peg Gallery, Birmingham, solo exhibition, 1996

    Chancellors Gallery, Keele University, group exhibition, 1998

    Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, group exhibition, 1998

    Coombes Contemporary, London, group exhibition,  2000

    No9 The Gallery, Birmingham, group exhibition, 2001&02

    Friary Gallery, Lichfield, solo exhibition, 2001&02

    Bruton Street Gallery, London, group exhibition, 2002

    Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Accurate, group exhibition, 2003

    Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, group exhibition, 2008

    The Art Lounge Gallery, Birmingham, group exhibition, 2008-09

    Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, group exhibition, 2008-09

    Artwave West Summer Exhibition, Dorset, group exhibition, 2018

    Francis Iles Gallery, Quarterly Collection Exhibition, Rochester, group exhibition 2018

    The British Art Fair, The Saatchi Gallery, London, represented by Katherine House Gallery 2018

    London Art Fair , Business Design Centre, London 2019

    Bircham Gallery, Norfolk, group exhibition 2019

    London Art Fair , Business Design Centre, London 2020

    'Essence' Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, group exhibition 2020

    'Form' Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester, group exhibition, 2020

    commissions

    ‘Mercury’ Goodyear UK Ltd, Wolverhampton, large public sculpture commission, 1998

    ‘Walking Together’ Diocese of Lichfield, St Nicholas’s Church, site specific commission,  2002

    ‘Violin’ Safeway’s supermarket, Greater Manchester, large scale public commission, 2003

    Pritchard Holdings, Staffs Technology Park, two major public sculpture commissions, 2003-04

    ‘Heritage’ Cannock Council, Sculpture Commemorating Mining Industry, Unveiled by Arts Minister Estelle Morris, 2004

    ‘Falcon’ Pritchard Holdings, Cannock, 6 metre sculpture, 2005

    ‘Wedding Party’ Birmingham City Council, New Central Registry Office, 2005

    ‘The Glow Tree’ Oxford City Council, 6 metre community arts project & commission, 3006

    Laser Process Ltd, 3 metre public sculpture, 2005/6

    ‘Together We Can Fly’ Pendeford College, Wolverhampton, Workshops & commission, 2007

    Hilllstone Primary, Birmingham, workshop & sculpture commission, 2007

    The Upper House, Barlaston, Staffs,sculpture commission 'First Dance' 2015

    GE Grid Solutions UK, Three sculpture commission, 2016

    Stafford Borough Council & Beacon Business Park, Public Sculpture Commission, 2017

    lecturing

    Staffordshire University, p/t lecturer in bronze casting (summer schools),  1992.93.94

    Staffordshire University, p/t lecturer in sculpture and drawing, 1994-95

    Stafford College, p/t lecturer in figurative sculpture, 1994-98

    Stafford College, Head of HND Fine Art & Sculpture, 1999-04

    Frink School of Figurative Sculpture, Visiting Lecturer & workshop coordinator, 2005

    Stafford College, Part Time lecturer, Art & Design, 2006

    Edexcel, GCSE External Moderator in Art & Design, 2008-09

    Stafford College, Course leader – FdA Contemporary Art Practice,  2009-14

    Stafford College, HE Coordinator,  2010-14

     
    projects & collaborations

    Artists Newsletter, series of six articles on sculpture techniques, 1993-95

    Oxford University Press, book cover illustration, 2001

    Oxford City Council, Collaborative community arts project, workshops & mentoring, 2006

    Pendeford College, Wolverhampton, Collaborative community arts project & workshops, 2007

    Hilllstone Primary, Birmingham, workshop & sculpture commission, 2007

    Shugborough Estate – Organiser of open-air sculpture trail, 2010 & 11

    Open Art 07Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Selector & Judge, 2007

    Making Moves Craft Commissions, Programme Selector and Educational Partner, 2012

    STart. Coordinator of Heritage Art Trail, Stafford, 2013

    Broken Mould Studios Founder/Director, 2013 – present

    Broken Mould Studios – Armatures for Sculpture Workshops, 2014

    Sculpture Village, Southwell, Notts, Sculpture Trail & Workshops, 2014

    Open Art 14Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Selector & Judge, 2014

    Artist in Residance, Dean Oakes School, Wimslow, 2015

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