As part of their ‘Understanding Sculpture’ programme, the Surrey Sculpture Society (SSS) organises a series of lectures by leading sculptors, who share their experience, inspiration and skills with the Society’s members and any members of the public who have an interest in sculpture.  The final SSS Lecture of the year will be presented by renowned sculptor Michael Speller, who was the official artist for the London Olympics and who has completed many large scale public commissions. 

The lecture will be held at the University of Surrey in the Austin Pearce Lecture Theatre 1 on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30 pm. Tickets: £5 at the door and free to SSS members and students.

‘We are very excited about having such an accomplished and highly respected sculptor as Michael Speller presenting one of our lectures,’ commented Henriette van der Does, Chair of the SSS. ‘The lecture will form part of our ‘Understanding Sculpture’ series of events and this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in sculpture to come and find out how one of our leading sculptors works.  Once again the SSS is immensely grateful to the University of Surrey for giving us free access to their professional lecture facilities. It gives our artists a chance to present their lectures in the best possible way.’

Michael Speller’s beautifully balanced slender sculptural figures are almost exclusively in bronze, with his distinctive, elongated figures often impressed with emotive words and objects to create hugely expressive and textural surfaces.  Solitary or grouped, his figures represent how we live in the world, combining the influences of family, friends, environment and society. Michael Speller commented: ‘My work with the human form attempts to find a rhythm and balance in our lives, reflecting and realising our imperfections and then counterbalancing them with positivity and support in order to achieve a visual and spiritual equilibrium within ourselves and the world around us.’

Michael Speller was named official artist for the BT Art of Sport Programme for The 2012 London Olympics and was for many years a resident artist at The Art Academy, London.

He has completed many private and public commissions. Working successfully with private collectors and with corporate organisations on larger scale public commissions, he has created a portfolio of personal and relevant work within the UK and globally. 

One of his more recent commissions combined 210 figures to form a huge open bronze sphere for The Crown Charity, Greenwich Hospital. These figures represent the serving and retired personnel from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines who receive support from the charity. Each individual figure is unique and has been moulded and impressed with objects and words that reference their lives and location. They form a protective shield that travels up the sphere culminating in a domed roof which is a reference to the architectural style of Sir Christopher Wren, who designed The Royal Naval College Greenwich. Encompass was unveiled in Greenwich by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in April 2016.

This summer Michael’s ‘Nourish’ sculpture formed the centre piece of Kate Gould’s gold medal winning show garden at RHS Chelsea. 

For tickets and bookings contact: Janet Morton at janetvictoria@icloud.com or call 07946 478046.

For further information about the SSS visit www.surreysculpture.org.uk



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