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Metals4u Offers Students Opportunity To Work With Renowned Sculptor In Partnership With The Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Metals4u Offers Students Opportunity To Work With Renowned Sculptor In Partnership With The Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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Yorkshire based metal and equipment supplier, Metals4U, have started a UK wide search to find the next great name in sculpture. Working in partnership with the world acclaimed Yorkshire Sculpture Park, they are offering students from across all disciplines the opportunity to submit their metal work in the hopes of winning a weekend workshop at the Park with one of the country’s leading metalworkers – Brian Fell.

Metals4U hope that in running this competition they can not only entice those already working with metals but also inspire a generation of creative students to start experimenting with the medium. Speaking of the impending contest Paul McFadyen at Metals4U said:

“We’re really excited to see the work being produced by the students of today and fully anticipate we’re going to see things we never imagined. If anything, this is going to be a learning experience for us in how metal can be used to create beautiful and inspiring pieces of art.”



Entries to the contest will be submitted on the Metals4U website in the form of an image and a brief statement about their current or best sculpture work or designs for future projects.

The competition is running from Monday 3rd April until Friday 12th May and entries will be shortlisted before Brian Fell makes the final winning selection. The winner will receive a place on the coveted Midsummer Metal workshop run by Mr Fell at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park due to take place on Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June, a prize worth £270.

Metals4U company profile

Metals4U were established in 2002 and were one of the first suppliers to offer the sale of metal on line in the UK. 15 years later, they are now one of the largest metal stockyards in the North of England – offering over 15,000 products.

In October 2015, the company opened their first physical store in Wetherby which was subsequently expanded in April 2016. The physical store stocks not only a large range of metals but also recognised tool and work wear suppliers.

Metals4U have been sponsoring the Yorkshire Sculpture Park since summer 2016, providing materials to the Park and the various programmes they run. To kick off the collaboration, Metals4U paired with Brian Fell who hosted a two-day workshop with his partner Owen Cunningham where 15 participants were encouraged to express themselves by creating artwork from metals provided by the company.

Other collaborations that Metals4U have entered include sponsoring world darts champion Stephen Bunting in early 2016 and current sponsorship of Robot Wars 2016 champions Team Apollo.

About Brain Fell and Owen Cunningham

Brian Fell is known for creating large-scale works in metal such as the ‘Ha Ha’ bridge developed for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. His work can be seen all over the UK with significant pieces in Cardiff, Morecambe, Jersey, Plymouth, and Manchester. He has been associated with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for many years, holding a Henry Moore Bursary from 1990 to 1992.

Owen Cunningham has been a practicing sculptor for over twenty years. Mostly working in steel, he has used the forge to explore the plastic characteristics of metal. Cunningham’s work is exhibited at the Ironbridge Museum of Steel Sculpture, Telford and in private collections.

Midsummer Metal workshop information
The Midsummer Metal course will run from Saturday 24th June until 25th June 2017 at the Longside Gallery at the Yorkshire Sculpture park in Wakefield.

Run by Brian Fell and his assistant Owen Cunningham, the course is open to people of all abilities aged 18+ and will cover a range of different methods for working with metal. Participants are encouraged to bring with them drawings, images, or other information to explore with the guidance of Brian and Owen. Following introductory talks and demonstrations on the basic techniques of metal work, tuition will be given on a mainly individual basis.

All tools and materials will be provided but students have the option of bringing with them any of their own tools which may help them with their work.