How Can Youth Be Celebrated Through Sculpture in the Public Realm?
This practice lead research investigates way in which sculpture can represent young people in the public realm. Whereby both, the public space of the municipal exhibition space and the public space of an urban park are investigated.
The research is underpinned by studies into statues and statuettes of the classical Greek period, modelling workshops with young people in formal and non formal settings and the study of a particular site: Central Park, Wallasey, Merseyside.
My main research questions are ‘How may young people be portrayed in sculpture?’ and ‘How can sculpture function as a focal point for young people in urban settings?’ To generate new insights into these questions I have undertaken practice lead research in the UK and abroad which culminated in the development of a suite of outdoor sculptures entitled Just Wait For Me, supported by Arts Council England, MIRIAD and Wirral Council.
This research builds upon the socio-geographical investigations into uses of urban spaces by young people undertaken by Studio Urbane Landschaften, University of Hannover, and the contemporary allegorical sculptures of Stephan Balkenhol and Laura Ford. The research is underpinned by studies into statues and statuettes of the classical Greek period, modelling workshops with young people in formal and non formal settings and the study of a particular site: the site of the former Liscard Hall in Central Park, Wallasey, Merseyside. My aim is to further the exploration of the role of public art in the context of ‘low key civic regeneration’ and youth provision and to celebrate a sense of uncertainty and waiting, as a state of being of Youth.
This research through practice manifests itself in a series of sculptures, statuettes, drawings and maquettes which have been exhibited at Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool, 2012), British Ceramic Biennial (Stoke-on-Trent, 2012) and Birkenhead Park Visitors’ Centre (2012), the European Ceramic Works Centre (2010), Royal Society of British Sculptors (2014) and the Holden Gallery, Bluecoat Gallery (2009) and the permanent display of 3 sculptures at Central Park, Wallasey.