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Artists > Sioban Coppinger FRBS RSA

2003-07 Studio Foundry: Casting editioned bronzes with Peter Penfold. This has lead to a body of work which can be viewed at the newly converted studio from 2007.
1999 Elected Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce (RSA).
1995- 2007 Commissioned work: ie: lifesize bronze garden features; unusual portraits. New work for exhibitions.
1994 Public work: 'Mrs. Hedges' - bronze on a concrete bench. (Countryside Properties plc). Great Notley, Essex.
1993 Public work: 'The Birmingham Man' - bronze and concrete. Collaborative work with Fiona Peever (Presented to the City by Priscilla Mitchell). Chamberlain Square, Birmingham.
1992 Public work: 'Elephant's Waterworks' - bronze water feature. (Funded by Private and Corporate sponsorship). Children's Courtyard, Basingstoke District Hospital, Hampshire.
1991-95 Elected member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Subsequently elected: Member of Council and Trustee 1991; Treasurer 1994-95; made a Fellow 1995.
1991 Teaching drawing/sculpture at Down House School, Berks.
1990 Public work: 'Sundial' ('Tempus Fugit'). bronze and stone. Collaborative work with Alec & Fiona Peever. (British Rail Board). National Garden Festival '90, Gateshead. Permanently sited Templecombe Station, Somerset.
1989 Public work: 'The Jolly Fisherman' - cast Ferro-cement and bronze. (British Rail Board). After John Hassell's poster 1908. Skegness Railway Station, Lincolnshire.
1988 Small bronze work: editioned whilst in Italy studying foundry techniques.
1987 Public work: 'The Beeston Seat' - Ferro-cement, cast reinforced concrete and bronze.
1986 Public work: 'The Gardener and the Truant Lion' - Ferro-cement, re-con stone and bronze. (British Rail). Chelsea Flower Show 1986; and the National Garden Festival '86, Stoke on Trent. Permanently sited at Stoke Mandeville Railway Station, Buckinghamshire. (Notts.C.C. and Broxtowe Borough Council). Beeston High Road, Nottinghamshire.
1984-85 Portraiture for Waxworks, including: Alfred Hitchcock; Mick Jagger; & Charlie Chaplin.
1983 Public work: 'Man & Sheep on a Park Bench' - Ferro-cement and concrete. (Notts. C.C.; East Midlands Arts; Arts Council of Great Britain). Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire.

Freelance work: Figure-making; Prop-making - including the BBC &the ICA Theatre.

Assistant Sculptor to Robert Glen, Morris Singer Foundry. Responsible for enlarging nine larger than life-size horses for bronze: 'Las Colinas Mustangs', Las Colinas, Texas.

Commissioned work including: medal for the Royal College of Surgeons, and portrait commissions.
Teaching part-time: Sculpture / Architecture - Newbury College of Further Education, Berkshire.

1974-77 Studied Sculpture at Bath Academy of Art. (B A Hons)

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Date Exhibition
2006 Morgan Boyce Contemporary Fine Art, Marlborough, Wiltshire.
1999 Open Studio at The Piggery, Lambourn, Berkshire. (annually since 1996)
1998 Local Heroes, The Corn Exchange, Newbury, Berkshire.
1997 The Corn Exchange, Newbury. Summer Showcase Exhibition.
1985 Aspects Gallery, London, W1.

Group Exhibitions

Date Exhibition
2007 ‘HADCAF’ Open Studios Festival Exhibition, Hungerford, Berkshire.
(annually since 2002)
2007 Moods, Penningtons Autumna Exhibition, Newbury, Berkshire.
2007 Celebrating Art in the Garden, Urchfont Manor, Devizes, Wiltshire.
2006 Puthall Park Sculpture Show 2006, Puthall Farm, Wiltshire.
2005 The Muse Leaves - Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, Berkshire.
2004 Puthall Park Sculpture Show 2004, Puthall Farm, Wiltshire.
2001 Art in Prospect, Ramsbury, Wiltshire. (bi-annually since 1997)
2001 ArtParks International, Sausmarez Manor, Guernsey.
2001 Newbury Open Studios 2001 (3 Group shows + open studio)
2001 Desmoulin, Newbury, Berkshire. (annually since 1999)
1999 Less Is More, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire.
1999 Art in Prospect, Ramsbury, Wiltshire. (Five man show)
1998 Zoosculpt 98, London Zoo, Regent’s Park. The Sladmore Gallery & Gallery Pangolin.
1997 Art in Prospect, Ramsbury, Wiltshire. (Five man show)
1995 Gallery No. 6, Newbury, Berkshire. (Five group shows since 1994)
1994 Makers at the Watermill, Bagnor, Berkshire
1994 Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire.
1993 RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition, and RWA Autumn Exhibition, Bristol.
1993 The RBS Gallery, Chelsea Harbour Sculpture 93, London, SW10.
1993 The Bronze Bird, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire.
1991 Edith Grove Gallery, London.
1991 Three On Five, The Barbican, London.
1990 Rainforest Campaign Exhibition, The Barbican, London
1988 The Cleveland Gallery, Middlesborough.
1988 Rainforest Campaign Exhibition, Broadgate, London
1988 On the Waterfront, Docklands, and Barbican Centre London
(seven group shows since 1984)
1984 The Metro Show, Metropolitan Wharf, Docklands, London
1978 Oxford Playhouse, performance and two man show for
The Observer Performance Festival.
1978 4BA, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire.

Born abroad, childhood spent overseas.

















Early in my career I established a reputation in the challenging field of Public Sculpture. Although hard won at the time, these gentle and sometimes witty sculptures have been adopted as landmarks from Nottingham to Somerset.

Over the ensuing three decades there has been a fairly constant stream of commissioned work for both public and private collections. Having also exhibited widely and regularly, I have been able to make use of these opportunities to produce exploratory new work, as well as show existing editioned pieces.

Clearly the work has grown out of the demands of the figurative tradition. It is recognizable and accessible. From the simplest animal study to a large work in a town centre, there may often be a sense of recognition - an impression that you may have met this individual somewhere before. I hope that this familiarity provides a gateway to a number of different levels or layers.

I celebrate versatility, have a deep fascination for materials and techniques, and strive to make things that will last. I have used my career as a research programme, continually developing new ways of working. Sometimes this has achieved recognition, as found in such diverse publications as ‘Concrete Quarterly’ (Cement & Concrete Association) and ‘The Uses of Images’ (Ernst Gombrich).

Whatever the chosen media, be it sculpture, drawing, or etching, I aim to combine an acute observation of people and animals with an affectionate and sometimes wry view of both.

To me, the work reveals a continuing conversation about our entanglement with the natural world. Whether described through limbs, leaves, stone or fur, the suggestion is reinforced – can we really see ourselves as so different from other living things?

Increasingly, I have been casting my own bronzes in the foundry which Pete Penfold and I set up in 2005. The work is evolving, using a language cast directly from nature and then interpreted for the particular purpose or context.

By innovative use of materials combined with a distinctive viewpoint, it may be that the work can subtly challenge our concept of what is contemporary.


Sioban Coppinger FRBS RSA


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