Graeme Mitcheson has been creating stone sculpture since graduating from Loughborough College of Art in 1995. He undertakes a wide variety of work including major public art sculpture, smaller private commissions, memorials and lettercutting work. Graeme has work sited in the public realm all over the UK including sculptures in Belfast, Northumberland, North and South wales. Graeme also runs stone carving courses and workshops in schools. Images of Graeme’s work can be found in the gallery while details of Graeme’s current projects as well as upcoming dates for stone carving courses and exhibitions can be found on his blog.

Graeme Mitcheson is an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

Contact Graeme Mitcheson

Unit 2, Hall Farm
Ashby Road
Coleorton
Leicestershire
LE67 8FB

t: 07901 791674

email: mitcheson@ntlworld.com

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Graeme Mitcheson  M.R.B.S.        

Artist – Sculptor

Address: Unit 2 Hall Farm, Ashby Rd, Coleorton, Leicestershire. LE67 8FB.

Tel: 07901 791674     Website: www.chisel-it.co.uk       e-mail: mitcheson@ntlworld.com

Statement

I am a sculptor primarily working in stone to create public art sculpture as well as smaller works for private clients and residencies in schools. My work is nearly always site-specific and often, I will engage the public or schools in the creative thinking process when formulating ideas for a piece. I try to create tactile, eye-catching artworks that engage the viewer on a number of levels. The influences running through my work are quite varied though much inspiration has been taken from the natural world. Other influences have been the paintings of Henri Rousseau and the sculpture and lettering of Eric Gill as I appreciate many of the values of traditional stonework but try to incorporate them into my work in a more contemporary way. For the public realm, each sculpture is individually influenced by the environment and the people around where it is to be permanently sited.

Career Path

Since graduating from Loughborough College of Art in 1995 I have been creating significant public art sculptures. Initially working alongside artists such as Richard Perry and David Haigh, I gained valuable experience. Since then I have created public art pieces all over Britain as well as carrying out numerous residences in schools and colleges. My first significant individual commission was for Astra Zenica Pharmaceuticals in Loughborough where I created “Cures”, a 2-metre tall, hollow white limestone column with a spiraling inscription of more than 3000 carved letters. Since then, other major works have been an 8 tonne granite Millennium sundial in Leicestershire; four sculptural seats for New Walk in Leicester, an ancient walkway into the heart of the city and a 3 metre tall piece for Conwy Quay in North Wales which is a world heritage site. Recently I was honored to create a sculptural memorial to former England football manager Sir Bobby Robson, sited in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and in 2015 I completed a major memorial for the Naval Service at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Major Commissions

2015 Memorial for the Scouting association at the national Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshre.

2014 Series of granite sculptures commissioned by David Wilson Homes, Quorn, Leics.

2014 Memorial for the entire Naval Service at the National Memorial Arboretum

2013 Commission for a new Santander premises in Narborough, Leicester.

2013 A sculpture of an attacking knight for Caerphilly Castle, commissioned by Cadw.

2013 Gateway earthwork for an embankment on the approach into Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

2012 Commission for Veolia recycling plant entrance in Sheffield2012 Entrance sculpture for Hardwick Hall

2012 Commission for a redeveloped Tesco site in Bedworth, Warwickshire.

2011 Major Memorial in Newcastle upon Tyne for former England football Manager Sir Bobby Robson.

2010 Giant entrance feature sculpture for Harbottle Park in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne.

2010 Memorial for the Bevin Boys Association. National Memorial Arboretum, Burton on Trent.

2009 Sculptures for Ansley, Nether Whitacre and Fillongley, part of the North Arden Trail, Warwickshire.

2009 3m tall Leaping horse sculpture for Croft Top Equestrian Centre, nr Accrington, Lancashire.

2008 Sculpture for Stand Road Park, Chesterfield.

2007 A series of 1m diameter carved spherical sculptures for Loughborough Canal Basin, Leics.

2007 Kilkenny Limestone mussel sculpture for Conwy Quay, world heritage site, North Wales.

2007 A bus stop queue carved in Kilkenny Limestone. Romford, Essex.

2007 3 sculptural mooring posts for the Harlow Canal, Essex.

2006 2 Carved relief panels to mark the entrance to Ty Mawr Country Park in North Wales.

2006 10 entrance features for a Central Park, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland.

2006 Entrance features for 2 Herefordshire Villages.

2005 Sundial for a heritage site at Hafod Colliery near Wrexham.

2005 12 Carved stepping-stones for Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

2004 Sculptural seating for secure hospital garden. Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Belfast.

2004 Major sculpture sited on the Ryepiece Ringway, Bedworth, Warwickshire.

2004 Life size carved stone bust of Sir Isaac Newton, sited in one of his former homes in Lincolnshire.

2004  6 carved granite semicircular seats for De Montfort Square in Leicester.

2003  2 sculptural, Kilkenny limestone seats for Museum Square, New walk, Leicester.

2003  3 Sculptural Gateways in Bargoed for Caerphilly Borough Council.

2002  Sculptures for Meden Vale community garden, Nottinghamshire.

 

2001 8 life-size carved stone farm animals for a children’s playground. Hickleton Colliery, Yorks.

2001 2 major stone sculptures for Polesworth Heritage Centre, Warwickshire.

2000 8 tonne granite Millennium Sundial, Countesthorpe Parish Council, Leicestershire

2000 Red Sandstone Circle, Eden Benchmarks Commission, Armathwaite, Cumbria

1999 2 metre tall Limestone Column, Astra Zenica, Loughborough

1998 6 sets of giant cutlery, Penistone roundabout, Sheffield

1997 Life sized Bronze Bust, Synpac Pharmaceuticals, Northumberland

1995 2 Sculptures for the Courtyard of the Ferrers Centre at Staunton Harold, Leicestershire.

Schools

2015 Workshop with A level sculpture students at Wyggeston School in Leicester.

2011 Summer term residency in Newton Burgoland Primary School, Leics.

2010 Sculpture for All Saints Primary School, Coalville, Leics.

2010 Workshops in Rawlins Community College, Quorn, Leics.

2009 1 week residency at Brockshill primary school, Oadby, Leics.

2009 Creation of a carved stone apple in the Isaac Newton Primary School, Grantham, Notts.

2008 Several days at Limehurst Primary School, Loughborough.

2007/08/10. 4 residencies in Rushey Mead School, Leicester.

2004  2 month Residency at Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester.

2003  Residency at Duffield Primary School, Derbyshire.

2003 1 week Residency at Middleton in Teesdale Primary School, County Durham

2002 1 week Residency at Wingerwoth Primary School, Derbyshire.

2001 7 day Residency at Countesthorpe Community College, Leicestershire.

2001 Week long residency at Blaby Primary School, Leicestershire.

2000 2 week residency at Countesthorpe Primary School, Leicestershire.

1996 Week long residency, Hugglescote Primary School.

Exhibitions

2010 The Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts as part of the Made in Leicestershire exhibition.

2007 Melbourne Arts Festival, Derbyshire.

2004 Penchant Designs, St. Albans.

2002/03 Urban Gardens, London Olympia.

2000 Garden Architecture, Fulham, London.

1999/00 Artspace, Henley on Thames, Oxon

1999/00/01/03 Country Living Spring Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington

1999/00/01 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, London

1998/99/01/02/03 The Bow House Gallery, Barnet, Hertfordshire

1997 The Hurt Gallery, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

2009 Conservation and repair of the “Goddess Diana” sculpture. Willesley Golf Club. Leics.

2009 Bottle top mosaic sculptures in St. Edwards School, Castle Donington, Leics.

1998 Restoration of monument, Melbourne Market Place, Derbyshire

1995 Worked as an assistant at the National Stone Carving Symposium in Sheffield.

1995 Decoration of stone plinths, Batley Market Place, Yorkshire.

Qualifications and Honours

2015 Invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party in recognition of the work on the Naval Service Memorial.

2014 Made an honorary member of the Royal Naval Association for work on their Memorial.

2012 Lord Mayors Award for Landscape design in relation to the Sir Bobby Robson Memorial

2008 Elected an Associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

1995 BA Hons, Fine Art, Loughborough College of Art & Design

1992 Foundation Course in Art & Design, Hartlepool College of Art