May: Orare et Laborare. New work in Portland stone and stained glass depicting the Apostles in their symbolic form. A fragmented architectural piece combining these two classical traditions.
To Pray and to Work. Always in Faith.
April: Easter at St John The Evangelist Church Bath. The Garden is complete, the rose arch is up to help protect the sculpture and the sun is shining. We might not be able to travel freely at the moment however, when this time of 'lock-down' has passed, why not plan a visit to Bath and seek out this hidden gem of tranquility in this beautiful city of art and culture.
March: Fantastic new marble and bronze sculpture showcase in Cornwall at Treseren House + a family affair to create the main entrance sign with everyone getting involved. Please click this link to see the full story.
January: The Fruit of the Spirit.
Hand painted stained glass window for the Community Church of Sarnau west Wales. Designed in collaboration with musician and artist team, Ken and Sandra Gilbert and The Rev Paul Thomas.
Autumn: Lettering plinth stones with 23ct gold leaf for St John The Evangelist RC Church, Bath City.
Summer: An Arts and Business linked project for a new contemporary build in countryside of the City of Bath. A 3m 'front of house' centre piece, carved from solid walnut for Dick Willows of, Dick Willows Cider making and Country Crafts for Fine West Country Living.
A not to be missed 'living History' experience in the heart of Somerset's most picturesque landscape. Get in touch, through the above link for more details on whats going on down on the farm.
Spring: The Stone Design Project with stone master & designer, Monoleeto Sanger. Using only reclaimed stone for all carvings and building/landscaping, this exciting new venture begins with its first catch. Carved to the dimensions of the fish caught, it is to become the foundation stone from which all others will flow.
This project will aim to bring many onto a new road, one with the teachings of Christ riven into the very core of each stone shaped and laid. The principle concept is: to give back to the land and take nothing from it. Please get in touch here for more information and updates.
April: The Unicorn, A contemporary sculpture in marble and bronze with gold leaf 23.5ct for international client.
February: Newbury. Southbrook House.
This unique collaboration with Matthew Moat and Highfield Developments, "an inspirational fusion of art, design and technology the like of which has never been seen before..." is a project were art is not just an add on, rather it is part of the buildings make up. Please click the link here for details of this extraordinary journey through time where art meets business and creates a little piece of history.
Epic new statue of Mother Mary at St John The Evangelist Church Bath unveiled, by Canon David Ryan. For the full story please click this link.
November 20th: Mark Ormrod sculpture sells at auction for a record breaking £38,000.00
This sculpture has now been donated to the new Royal Marines Museum being built in Portsmouth. As fitting a location as could have been wished for. General Sir Gorden Messenger KCB DOS* & Bar OBE ADC said "This is the right outcome for this wonderful piece of art history" He then presented Ben with the 40 Commando's shield, a very special gift of thanks for his donation. The proceeds will be split between the Royal Marines Charity as well as BLESMA The Limbless Veterans Charity. The sculpture has now gone on display at MOD London and will continue to share Mark's story well into the future.
November: The Marble torso, 'Undefeated' Ben has sculpted of Ex Royal Marine Mark Ormrod, is to be part of the show 'Art in The Aftermath' exhibition in Pall Mall London 6th -18th. After this event it will go on to be auctioned to help raise funds for the Royal Marines charity as well as the original veterans charity BLESMA. After Mark's amazing displays at this years INVICTUS games we can only sit back and admire his determination to succeed at whatever he chooses to do. Congratulations to Mark, one of many amazing individuals who have quite literally put their lives on the line for us all.
July to October: City of Bath. Ben will be at St John the Evangelist church, carving a huge sculpture for the Garden of Peace. It is the largest single block of stone work he has undertaken to date and is destined to become a sacred work of art. One which combines many old sculptural traditions, with new technologies of our modern world: his mission here, to bring light into the darkness.
You can witness his progress by a visit to Bath, or by keeping an eye on St John's website.
June to July: Abergavenny Arts Festival. Including sculpture in the grounds of the Castle and museum, free entry 15th June to 15th July. + on the 30th why not come and 'Have a go' at stone carving with Ben and see how you like the art of sculpting stone.
April: Art Parks International sculpture show, Guernsey. Latest slate and glass work 'Clear Dawn'
February 2018 MARK ORMROD UNDEFEATED, a new work in marble.
Ex-Royal Marine and current Invictus Games Champion, Mark Ormrod, has been working closely with Ben over the past year on an incredible project. Both giving time and energy + in Mark's case, his body! and in Ben's case a huge 150k block of finest Italian marble, to help to raise funds and awareness for two charities close to Mark's heart. The Royal Marines Charity and Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.
Ben says, "We are now most fortunate to have the support of Lady Susanna Zaliskyj and the team from S Z ART, who are leading this project as we go forward. Please do get in touch with her to find out how you can help in this amazing 1918 - 2018 Centenary Anniversary fund raising project which will help other ex-service men and women who are facing the long road to recovery".
The donated sculpture, Mark Ormrod Undefeated, will be auctioned/sold to help raise substantial funds for The Royal Marines and Blesma charities. Please click here for full details, to go directly to the Featured Project page of this website.
August 23rd: Cardigan Castle, unveiling of The Sword of Peace, A new work in slate and stained glass with poets Gillian Clarke and Ceri Wyn Jones.
June: Royal Marine and INVICTUS Games super star Mark Ormrod has been working with Ben on a unique sculpture collaboration to create a one off sculpture in Italian marble from the mountains of Carrara. A new film by Moth Media is being made to capture the amazing story of this invincible human spirit.
April-June: Highfield Developments commission, Newbury. A large series of sculptures carved directly into the brick walls of this contemporary development.
April: New gallery in the Lake District with Peter Hill. Showing a new series of works created from the local stone, inspired by the Lakes and the poetry from this beautiful region on the UK.
To be unveiled at the 2017 Eisteddfod on 23rd August
2017: January. Shortlisted for 'Cracker Packers' commission at Carlisle City Council. An exciting start to the year, seeing the potential for large scale carvings in local stone from Cumbria Quarry Services.
December: New works in marble at Whittington Fine Art, Henley on Thames
December: Shortlisted for international Pocahontas commission, Gravesham Council, Kent
October: New Gallery: Ardent Gallery, Brecon. Ben has new works now showing with Ardent in this fantastic gallery in the heart of the Brecon beacons.
September: The Dance of Life - An arts collaboration with dance, music and sculpture with Scottish Ballet Dancers Madeline Squire (first artist) Nicholas Shoesmith (soloist) Phil Tipping, musical arrangement and Ben Dearnley The Dance of Life, Carrara marble, please see the link to view a short film also by Phil Tipping
August: France, Sculpture By the Chateau. A weekend of fine sculpture set within the grounds of Chateau de Dourlers with Ben carving each day to create a piece for auction to help raise funds for the French charity for the disabled APF.
July: RHS Tatton Park
Flower Show 2016: Ben's new works in Welsh slate and stained glass have been chosen for this summer's show – a fantastic way to view art is as it was designed. His garden sculptures are a vibrant and dynamic way of complementing the planting without taking over. Ben will also be on site during this show, so if you would like to make an appointment please do get in touch to see how he can work with you.
April: Contemporary artist Paul K Squire has added me to his collection of portraits. It is an honour to be chosen to join his new series, which will go on tour later this year. Paul's work captures the story of his subject's life and holds it up to the world in a truly unique way. His work is rich in texture and the use of color creates a real time capsule. Thank you Paul, great job.
January 2016, New Gallery. Whittington Fine Art Henley-on-Thames, showcases the latest marble collection from Ben. Please contact the link above for more information or better still pop into the gallery and see the works for real.
View inside the Whittington Fine Art Gallery
January 2016: Cardigan Castle sculpture project gets go ahead with support from Cadwgan Trust. Ben says "It is a great honour to be working on this important cultural collaboration with the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and Ceri Wyn Jones, the twice crowned Bard of the National Eisteddfod. The final sculpture will become in a small way, a monument to Peace and holds true something of the original principles of the first Eisteddfod of 1176". Watch this news page for more information coming later in the year as this December will see the 840th Anniversary Celebrations being held at the Castle.
November 21-22 London Art Fair, ISLINGTON CONTEMPORARY ART & DESIGN FAIR, ICADF 2015
Candid Arts Galleries. New works in marble and bronze.
September 2015, New Australian Art Trail opens connecting Ben Dearnley's works in a one day cultural feast. Starting at the Muswellbrook Art Gallery, onto the winery of Two Rivers in Denman and then to David Mahony's sculpture gardens in Sandy Hollow. This part of the Upper Hunter Valley is a real treat to visit and with this new Art Trail, you can sample something of what makes this such a special place. The country side, the food and wines, the great coffee and of course the art too.
July/August, summer show at The Waterfront Gallery, Milford Heaven, new works in slate and glass.
June 2015: Iconic actress Sigrid Thornton unveils 'Custodians of the Landscape at Two Rivers Wines Upper Hunter Valley NSW Australia. To read the full story and see the finished sculptures of these stone giants please click here.
June 2015: Champion gymnast Louis Smith MBE unveils bronze at Peterborough's new Vivacity sports complex, with a video link from Ben in Australia. The inspirational athlete is still going for gold, winning the gold at the 2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships is just the next step towards the coming Olympics.
The below film shows the dawn on the 21st June at Two Rivers Wines NSW.
Winter solstice, Australia 21st June, dawn. Ben has been hard at work on his Two Rivers sculpture project (www.tworiverswines.com.au) and with 4 weeks to go until the unveiling it is an exciting time for him as he completes this huge project.
"I'm happy with the progress of this set of sandstone sculptures and every day I witness, I feel a deeper resonance to this wonderful landscape, it's people, and the sculptures I'm creating here.”
Ben's latest personal work in the contemporary gallery, music, poetry and sculpture as one.
February 2015: Visiting Lecture programme
Carmarthen School of Art, Coleg Sir Gar, Wales.
September 2014: Bombay Sapphire Gin. Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire
This amazing Breeam award winning project has been designed by top British designer Thomas Heatherwick. This was a fantastic opportunity for contemporary British sculptor, Ben Dearnley, to have been commissioned to help create the Look of this 'outstanding' site.
Brick wall mural of the Bombay Sapphire Gin logo, Laverstoke Mill.
August 2014: International Festival of stone, France
July 2014: Live carving project on the seafront at BORTH.
Working on the large standing stone in all weathers, right on the seafront, come and witness it all take shape.
A public commission from Ceredigion County Council, raising awareness of local history and folklore which surrounds Borth.
26th June 2014: Bath Society of Artists talk: Inside the studio
16 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN. Start time 7.30 pm.
June 21/22 2014 Nick Masons open Gardens, new works.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, will again be opening his gardens this sum
mer. Ben will have many works on show here.
Assembly Minister of Culture John Griffiths visit to Da Mhile exhibition.
February/March 2014 Sport Relief
In a collaboration with the double Olympic Gold rowing winner Steve Williams OBE, Ben has donated a unique Ink drawing for this years Sport Relief fund raising ventures.
This Auction helped to raise just over £18,000 for the charity, thank you to all the bids and the well done to the final winner of this original work.
February 2014. The Welsh Contemporaries
Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo,
January 2014 : Belgravia Gallery
New works in marble and alabaster.
Ben has been selected to show his latest large scale garden sculptures at the prestigious 2014 International Sculpture Festival in the 2014 Festival of sculpture, Guernsey.
November 2013 Taith Contemporary Art: Vienna
A group show of some of the finest artists living and practicing in Wales, in one of the most spectacular venues in Europe.
October 2013 Aston Court sculpture unveiled.
The Festival of Stone sculpture Father of the Bicycle, is unveiled in the lovely setting of the Aston Court estate in Bristol, with Malcolm Shepard, C E of Sustrans. This will become a land mark sculpture on the Festival Way, one of the excellent cycle routes through the city. Please see the 'featured project' page for more on this story...
October 2013 Llannon, west coast of Wales ULG
The Black Rock Estate stone commission is completed, a unique marker for this new development of sea side homes created on site to reflect the coastline stretching south towards New Quay.
S4C (Welsh C4 TV) interview Ben on his talking stone and the many famous character references hidden in the back surface.
My Talking Stone project for Caerwedros. This large standing slate stone will become a marker for the new hall with the lettering reflecting the ancient Celtic Welsh history of this land. Along with the the pictorial references carved in relief, within hidden spaces in the back: this stone will tell many tales.
July 2013, New Client:
British Telecom, set up their Lee Pearson (Paralympics dressage Champion) sculpture in the BT Tower, London head office.
This now sits along side my Christine Ohurougu bronze owned by AVIVA, who showcase this work in their own London head office at 1 Undershaft EC1 + in the city of Bath, my Mark Foster, 3 tonne carving in Bath stone and Peterborough County Council' Louis Smith bronze, all makes for a decent legacy of sculpture works which celebrate those amazing athletes.
All these sculptures were part of my Avenue of Champions series which you can see more of on this web site.
2013 and the Festival of Stone 31st May to 9th June.
For a short film of the first days happenings, please click here
My sculpture 'EMERGENCE' has a direct link to the Father of the Bicycle Industry and inventor of the Penny Farthing, James Starley, 1831-1881. Who was a major influence in bringing us the kind of cycle we ride today. The finished sculpture is destined to be located as a permanent public sculpture within the beautiful grounds of Ashton Court, Bristol.
Long may it watch over the many cyclists who will pass it by, remembering one of our great British inventors.
Image by Isabelle Assante.
Chelsea Flower Show 100th anniversary May 2013
2013 New Gallery, West Wales Arts Centre Fishguard, will be showing my sculptures in stone and glass from March. Also, I will be showing at T5 gallery Heathrow, my London gallery in Mayfair Belgravia Gallery, and will open up my studio with The Ceredigion Art Trail this summer.
September to November, The 'Avenue of Champions' showing with Hampshire County Council.
Avenue of Champions launch June 21st at Salisbury Cathedral, a most successful start of this show which runs in parallel to the 12 week 2012 Cultural celebration programme for the summer Games.
2012 Live Carving Day In preparation for the 2013 Festival of Stone
In 2012 I took part in the Bristol Festival of Stone Live carving day, with special guests Hayley Diamond (UK Team) and the amazing French team from Southern France. This proved to be a great taster of what is to come in 2013. A fantastic day was had by all and a fitting start to the coming Festival. We even had the media attending that day carving stone for the first time which was very entertaining! Good luck to everyone who gets a place and all those in the organising team and may the Gods send clement weather for the duration of the Festival.
Laurent Donnadieu and Ludovic Roux Hayley Diamond
This very special private commission for a prestigious Bath residence is now in it's final stage, with the 2.05 tonne block of Bath stone being carved by hand in my Bath studios and set on site at the beginning of June.
Please click on the link for any further information on commissioning me to create a personal work of art for you, your home, garden or estate grounds. contact me.
21st May: Unveiling of my Art at the Edge sculpture.
BBC news feature, 18th May. the installation of the sculpture and plinth.
Please click on the image to go to 'the making of' OLYMPIAN MMXII, the final sculpture images will be loaded soon, why not visit Bath and find the sculpture for yourself, the site is at Southgate Street Bath BA1 1AQ and forms part of the Olympic celebrations here in this beautiful City.
HOLBURNE MUSEUM, BATH.
I have been invited to run 2 special events here in Bath. Being held at the newly revamped Holburne Museum on the 27th May, then again on the 18th July.
22nd May to June 5th: Bath Contemporary gallery:
A solo show of some of my Olympic sculptures together with some new works in Bath stone based on the twice life carving of Mark Foster. Also the first viewing of my Olympic Ink drawings with a very special limited edition print series of 3 designs.
Journey to the Podium:
This summer will see a selection of these works at Arts in Parliament, London.
My Leap of Faith, is touring the country with this Essex County Council / LONDON 2012 Inspired Project.
Arts in Parliament is an innovative and unique programme which brings art, music, dance and poetry into the iconic setting of the Houses of Parliament from June to September 2012. Working with artistic partners and individuals from across the UK, Parliament has devised a programme presenting new and existing performances and exhibitions. The programme represents and celebrates the diverse cultural fabric of the UK.
Arts in Parliament is free to attend and open to the public. To find out more about Arts in Parliament, including a full programme of events, information on how to book tickets, films and photographs, go to www.parliament.uk/artsinparliament
1st May: The Salisbury Giant commission.
This commission was a fun collaboration with my artist wife Lynn Parr, as we joined forces to create the giant Jubilee May Queen and the Salisbury Corgi, for the huge festival in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral on the 1st May 2012. The GIANT is now available to view in the Guildhall Salisbury. Thank you to everyone who came on the day to help and all those fantastic decorated diamonds and squares which made the project so special.
2012 is going to be a fantastic year for sport as well as the Arts. As one of 'BT's 'Art of Sport' artists there are some great events coming up: This will be the first time to be able to view and buy some amazing art produced by some of the UK's top artists. Please check the link to see the next show dates in Manchester at Whitewalls Gallery, Surrey at the Lewis Elton Gallery in June winding up at Clarendon Gallery London 25th to the 30th.
'The Gift' sold at auction (creating the highest priced piece on the night) helping raise a total of 74,000 for the Prince's Trust.
Huffington post Read the full story on line at the Huffington Post and post your comments.The Bath Stone Group kindly donated this 800kg block of stone, showing again the great support they continue to show art-linked projects.
Please click here to go to the Commissions Gallery and see more images of The Gift and my other commissions.
Olympic Film for UK TV
Currently under way is an exciting new film by the internationally renowned film maker Shelley Williams. This will become one of the UK's Legacy films, capturing the spirit of the amazing Olympian and Paralympian athletes who have helped to make up my "Avenue of Champions' series which will be shown in full at Salisbury Cathedral during the 2012 Games.
Oscar Pistorius bronze torso
September the 8th in London at the International Paralympics Day celebrations, Trafalgar Square. For the full story please go to the featured project page.
BT Art of Sport has selected a handful artists to represent the Art of Sport, It is a great honour to be one of those artists.
Sir Seb Coe, Blade Runner bronze, 8th Seember 2011 I P DAY|+ Oscar Pistorius gets his torso cast for my latest collection, 'Avenue of Champions'
See Featured Project
The Big Screen
The Mark Foster carving is being filmed by Paul Caddis of Moth Media. When finished, the film will be shown at the launch of the sculpture in Bath, maybe projected onto a building...
The golden girl of tennis
A private commission by Chris Nightingale, to promote his book on the making of the original iconic photograph.