RWA Secret Postcard Auction

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Event
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30th April

Every now and again I give works to creative charities and I'm delighted to say that I have made a new work for this year's RWA Secret Postcard Auction. This is an important revenue source for the self founded RWA and it is always a joy to see so many artworks by well known and lesser known artists, lined up anonymously.

It offer buyers a chance to purchase unique works of art for as little as £40, by some of the countries leading artists such as: Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, David Nash, Ana Maria Pacheco, Gilbert & George, Susan Derges, etc.

As it is a secret auction, I can not place an image of my drawing here, so am showing you another recent drawing instead.

The live event takes place on 16th May 6-9.30pm at RWA Bristol

For further information, click HERE

Please go and view the all the cards on exhibition from 3rd - 15th May, as well as the current Sculpture Open exhibition which I have a work in, at:
Royal West of England Academy
Queen's Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1PX
T: 0117 973 5129
rwa.org.uk

RWA Sculpture

Tags: Exhibition, Group Exhibition
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12th March

Yesterday was challenging yet rewarding: I spent it with two colleagues at the RWA in Bristol, slowing woking out how best to structure a cohesive sculpture exhibition from the 80-90 sculptures that we had selected a number of weeks before, for the RWA Sculpture Open.

Challenging because when I arrived in the morning, the galleries looked as per the image above - an almost chaotic placement of sculpture which had been delivered by the artists over the previous two days. Having a vision for how best to 'hang' the work was the starting point, followed by a lot of moving pieces around the galleries again, and again, until at the end of the day there seems to be the framework of a cohesive looking exhibition. Today I couldn't be there to continue the work of hanging and placing, so I'm keen to se how it all looks at the private view this Friday evening.

Rewarding because its a total privilege to see so many sculptures one room, with so much artistic energy, craft and ideas galvanised into creative explorations of the three dimensional. I believe we have coordinated a good-looking show where sculptures talk to each other from across the room, or open up avenues for discussion because of how they are juxtaposed next to a different artists work.

Running on conjunction to the Sculpture Open is an exhibition of Gaudier-Brzeska's work, and a solo show by Ana Maria Pacheco.

Tuesday-Saturday: 10-5.30pm
Sunday: 11-5pm
Monday: Closed

RWA Bristol
Queen's Road,Clifton
Bristol,BS8 1PX
T: 0117 973 5129

 

Talking ideas

Tags: Studio Practice, Public Event
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30st January

Yesterday I gave a public talk about my art and ideas which rewarded me with unexpected connections between my studio practice, public commissions and fascinations around landscape. Having worked flat out for the past few months on a huge planning application for my large commission in Northumberland - Ascendant - the preparation and delivery of this talk was perfect timing, to re-examine my practice and concentrate on what is important.

Being an artist is a wonderful journey through life: being able to create my own future and have the privilege of time to spend working out what matters, then adding to that by creating new thoughts and realities. Last nights talk was easily worth all the hours and effort spent drafting it up. Here's to speaking out loud and having the courage to say it now!

 

Ascendant's Planning Application

Tags: Public Sculpture, Outdoor Sculpture, Public Commission

24th January

Today, after months of in-depth research, calculations and drawings, the Elizabeth Landmark, a.k.a. Ascendant, planning application was submitted. It feels like a milestone, because there have been a wonderful team of dedicated consultants working flat out on such subjects as archaeology, ecology, landscape, topography, transport, engineering etc. all pulling together to make a water-tight planning application.

Its been a joy to work with them all, particularly the landscape architects Southern Green who have made beautiful drawings from my hand drawn sketches, and working with a 3D model and topographical survey, in order to give a better understanding of how the sculpture will finally sit within the beautiful landscape of Northumberland.

Below, one such wire frame drawing which animates a landscape photograph, and location map. One of dozens of drawings.

Elizabeth Landmark   Ascendant
 

RWA Open Exhibition

Tags: Group Exhibition, Indoor Sculpture, Exhibition

7th October

I will be showing two new sculptures in the RWA 166th Annual Open Exhibition.
Continuing my theme of rock and body, mountain and flesh, transient and permanent, these three sculpture will be show for the first time at the RWA.

Exhibition runs:
7th October - 25th November
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30 pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Royal West of England Academy
Queen's Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1PX
T: 01179735129
[[rwa.org.uk]]

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Elizabeth Landmark Press Articles

Tags: Press, Public Commission

31st August

The news that my design for the Elizabeth Landmark has won the commission, has been kicking up some excitement in the press. Here's a couple for starters...
Please click on the bold link to read.

Simon Hitchens   Elizabeth Landmark press

Artnet news

Artnet

Newcastle Chronicle

The Chronicle
 

Major British Landmark Sculpture

Tags: Public Commission, Outdoor Sculpture, Public Space, Press

29th August

I am thrilled to announce that I have won a major public sculpture commission to be sited in the raw beauty of Northumberland. This 55 metre contemporary sculpture celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's service to country and her life-long dedication to The Commonwealth.

Simon Hitchens - Elizabeth Landmark sculpture - car park view

The Elizabeth Landmark will become a new cultural destination on the Ray Estate and in the north of England, benefiting the local community and economy by being a catalyst for regeneration.

Simon Hitchens - Elizabeth Landmark sculpture - zoom

Made from Corten weathering steel, this elevated slice of hillside has been inspired by the rugged and undulating landscape in which it sits. The elegant and robustly engineered aerodynamic form references the rich history of local iron ore and stone mining. Lateral fins which change in pitch and frequency as they rise up the sculpture accentuate the sense of perspective and movement, creating contrasting shadows along its 85 metre length.

Simon Hitchens - Elizabeth Landmark sculpture - Rock Slot

Directly shaped by the topography of the hill, the delicately arched form would completely disappear if placed back into the hill beneath. The carved space left in the hillside below, which has given rise to the positive sculpture above, forms a canyon-like rock slot. To walk this from end to end will be to experience the geology of the local landscape: a walk through Deep Time itself.

Simon Hitchens - Elizabeth landmark sculpture - Concept Sketch

The specific topography of Cold Law hill in Northumberland has directly informed not just the sculpture and the rock slot, but also the circumnavigating system of paths, which allow ever changing perspectives of the sculpture whilst walking around it. Like a reverse giant gnomon of a sundial, the sculpture points directly to the sun at its zenith on Midsummer’s day.

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"To have the opportunity to design a landmark sculpture to be placed in this raw and beautiful landscape is undoubtedly a privilege and a challenge that I wholeheartedly relish. The success of the sculpture will grow from a sensitivity to land and place: born in form, material and presence from the majestic geography that supports it."

 

Studio Portrait

Tags: Studio Practice

17th July

Simon Hitchens studio portrait

Always good to have an up to date image in the workplace. This one taken by Neil White hits the spot entirely I feel.

 

Diaphanous Sculpture?

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Event

11th June

GLASS - Work by Contemporary Artists

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I am delighted to be showing a number of my glass works in a group exhibition at Canary Wharf over the summer and invite you to join me at the private view on 19th June. The sculptures are part of a series I made a number of years ago using transparent materials to suspend translucent forms, which explore presence, absence and perception. With works ranging in scale from the small and intimate to the mulit-tonned, among the other artists exhibited will be Lilliane Lijn, Annie Cattrell, Julian Wild and Danny Lane.

PRIVATE VIEW 19th JUNE, 6-8pm

Exhibition dates:
Monday 18th June - Friday 10th August
Open daily 7am-8pm
Free entry

Exhibition Tour with the curator Ann Elliott and a number of the artists:
Tuesday 3rd July, 6,30-7.15pm
Free, but please contact Canary Wharf Public Art Office to reserve a place.

Where:
Lobby
One Canada Square
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5AB
T: 0207 418 2257
E: publicart@canarywharf.com

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Faces of Sculpture

Tags: Group Exhibition, Indoor Sculpture, Exhibition

11th May

I'm delighted to be showing a work again at the Royal Society of Sculptors. This time as part of a photographic exhibition by Anne Purkiss titled Faces of Sculpture. Anne has been documenting sculptors and their work places for the past three decades and has an extraordinary collection of British sculptors in her archives ranging from Caro and Frink to Hirst and Whiteread. Out side the entrance to the Royal Society of Sculptors is Dame Elizabeth Frink's great head Memorian III.

My sculpture continues an investigation into the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human and is exhibited next to an image of me working a thirty tonne boulder in a Welsh stone quarry, four years ago.

Open:
14th May - 14th July
Mon-Fri 11am - 5pm
Sat 1pm - 5pm

Royal Society of Sculptors
108 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3RA
0207 373 8615
sculptors.org.uk

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Photo: Anne Purkiss

 
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