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Internationally renowned bronze sculptor holds exhibition in Diss

PUBLISHED: 11:09 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 19 July 2018

Sculptor Laurence Edwards at work in his studio. Photo: Laurence Edwards

Sculptor Laurence Edwards at work in his studio. Photo: Laurence Edwards

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Internationally renowned artist Laurence Edwards has long been established as a sculptor working in bronze and now his latest works are going on show in Diss.

The Impossible Promise by sculptor Laurence Edwards. Photo: Laurence EdwardsThe Impossible Promise by sculptor Laurence Edwards. Photo: Laurence Edwards

The artist has been working in bronze for some 30 years, creating figurative sculptures for a growing national and international audience, largely produced in his native Suffolk where he works with his foundry team in Halesworth.

But his works will now go on display in Norfolk as part of a major exhibition Diss Corn Hall from July 20 to September 1.

The artist himself will launch the exhibition on July 20 when there will also be the screening of two short films about him and his work culminating in a Q&A session where Laurence Edwards will be interviewed by writer and broadcaster Malcom Donay.

Sculptor Laurence Edwards at work in his studio. Photo: Laurence EdwardsSculptor Laurence Edwards at work in his studio. Photo: Laurence Edwards

He said: “I’m delighted to be showing a selection of works, old and new, at the Corn Hall in Diss this summer.”

Working from two studios, an old Fire station in Saxmundham and a large foundry in Halesworth, he employs around eight casters and craftsman, all working on his large scale projects.

Projects at present include a 26ft high bronze ‘Colossus’ to be sited in Suffolk in 2020, a public commission for the mining communities of Doncaster, six larger than life figures for the ‘Wyatt’ niches of Heveningham Hall, and an 8ft figure for the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts in Norwich.

Mounted Head by sculptor Laurence Edwards. Photo: Laurence EdwardsMounted Head by sculptor Laurence Edwards. Photo: Laurence Edwards

His work A Thousand Tides can be seen at low tide in Butley Creek, a tributary of the River Ore in Suffolk, and received national press attention in the summer of 2017 when a member of the public mistook the sculpture for a body in the water and the fire services, police, and coastguard were contacted to assist.

His sculptures respond to the Suffolk landscape, often interacting with it.

He is well-known internationally, receiving positive critiques from Christopher le Brun, president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and renowned author Robert Macfarlane.

Sculptor Laurence Edwards at work in his studio. Photo: Laurence EdwardsSculptor Laurence Edwards at work in his studio. Photo: Laurence Edwards

Sophie Towne, Arts & Heritage outreach manager at Diss Corn Hall, said: “We’re so pleased to have secured Laurence Edwards to exhibit with us over the summer. Edwards is an artist of high calibre and will allow us to bring extraordinary regional art to Diss during the peak tourist season.”

• Laurence Edwards – Sculpture is at Diss Corn Hall from July 20-September 1. Open Evening with Laurence Edwards is on July 20 (6pm-7pm), with film screening and Q&A from 7-8pm (£4). Full details at Diss Corn Hall

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