Public sculpture – The creative overlap between sculpture and engineering

Date: Friday 21 March

Venue: Silk Mill

Speaker: Denis O’Connor

Denis O’Connor is an award-winning public artist working with a variety of public spaces and audiences. He creates site-specific ‘landmark’ sculptures that capture the essence of each place and audience he works with. Over the last 20 years he has produced artworks for both urban and rural sites within the private and public sectors in the UK and Ireland. He has work located in, Cardiff, Newcastle, Stoke, Leicester, Derby, Belfast, Cork, Waterford.  

Through the structuring of appropriate materials and working with a variety of fabrication processes, each artwork is made to both visually and physically enhance its location. His practice in sculpture is informed by a formal and critical knowledge of constructed form, materials, processes and scale. Making is central to how he works, it defines both the aesthetic and contextual. He has also, through his practice, undertaken a number of prestigious residencies with organisations such as the National Sculpture Factory, Jaguar Cars, the National Trust, Rolls-Royce and the National Stone Centre.

In 2004 he established Sculpture Works which is made up of a highly experienced team of fabricators, designers and arts workers to support the coordination and realisation of these highly challenging projects. He recently coordinated a residency [titled Propulsion] with the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre, Derby and students from the University of Derby, Fine Art Programme.  He is currently working on the ‘Revealing Castleward’ commission for the new boulevard situated between Derby railway station and Derby city centre.

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