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RWA Open Exhibition

Tags: Group Exhibition, Indoor Sculpture, Exhibition

7th October

I will be showing three 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]]

More than Human 4
 

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

Simon Hitchens   untitled
Frink lead image for exh 960 1210 s c1

Photo: Anne Purkiss

 

How to Make a Desk: from Penmaenmawr to Piccadilly

Tags: Public Commission, Studio Practice, Indoor Sculpture, Private Commission
 

20 October 2015:
Today saw the opening of 21 Glasshouse Street, Piccadilly. This, together with 7 Air Street next door, is the latest transformation of the Regent Street public realm, owned by The Crown Estate. As a state of the art new office space, 21 Glasshouse Street required a significant and appropriate reception desk that is both unique and responsive to its location. Working in collaboration with designers Barr Gazetas, I opened up the idea of the responsive nature in the design, to source a boulder from a quarry owned by The Crown Estate. The concept was an exciting one and the journey of its making was, you could say, made for me but the challenge lay in sourcing the 'right' rock.

This was not an easy task as most dimensional stone quarries throughout the British Isles have now closed down, a casualty of cheaper foreign imports and changes in current building styles and materials. The rock itself is still in the ground, a latent reminder of Britain's proud and historic building materials as well as its varied geological make up. After searching the four corners of Britain, I finally sourced a suitable boulder at an aggregate quarry in North Wales. Actually, I almost didn't pay it a visit because I knew that aggregate quarries blast their material from the rock face, fracturing the boulders with internally hidden cracks. However, when I made that first visit to the top of the ancient quarry (Neolithic axe heads have been found in one section of the quarry) it was pretty clear that this was the right boulder, patiently waiting for me to come me along. In fact, the quarry couldn't move it to be crushed, as it weighed an estimated thirty tonnes.

Below is a set of images which take you through the making of the desk. From the wind swept mountain top at Penmaenmawr in North Wales where I drilled a split the boulder in two, to Fyfe Glenrock in Aberdeenshire where it was sawn and drilled to millimetre accuracy, tacking on the required dimensions of a fully functioning reception desk. Down to my Somerset studio where I cut, shaped, chiseled, ground and polished the finer details, and attached the necessary computer support structure. And finally up to London, where it took a team of six men to delicately site it in the required location and height. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did.

Click here to see further commission images and testimonial.

 

Image credits: No. 10 & 12-17 Anne Purkiss

 
 

Forthcoming exhibition: Second Site

Tags: Group Exhibition, Outdoor Sculpture, Indoor Sculpture

I will be exhibiting two new works in a forthcoming group exhibition at Hestercombe Gallery: a large two part sculpture half indoors and half outdoors, and a film titled Genesis.

Second Site
31st January - 12th April 2015
Open daily 11 - 4pm
Hestercombe Gallery, Hestercombe House, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, TA2 8LG
T: 01823 413923
www.hestercombe.com

Artists:
Megan Calver, Laura Ellen Bacon, Simon Hitchens, Jo Lathwood, Patrick Lowry.

Upcoming seminar: 12.2.15 - Second Site, The Context of Art. Guest speaker artist Alex Chinneck, and 'Second Site' artists.

 
 

Small is Beautiful XXVIII, London

Tags: Group Exhibition, Indoor Sculpture

15th December – 8th January 2011
Monday – Friday, 10 – 6pm, Saturday 10 – 2pm
T: 0207 439 7766
www.flowersgalleries.com
Flowers Gallery 21 Cork Street London W1S 3LZ
T: 0207 439 7766

Simon will be showing for the third time in this popular annual exhibition. All works do not exceed 9″ x 7″.

Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Ludlow

Tags: Group Exhibition, Indoor Sculpture

7th August – 21st August 2010
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Palmers Hall . Mill Street . Ludlow . SY8 1GD
T: 01584 872846

3rd annual open show of national artists.