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Process of Creation
 
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Ray Brooks Sculptures
SCULPTURE, CERAMICS AND PAINTING are what I do most of ,but just creating art , whatever that is , is good
 
Education:
All kinds of education , Even Art College , When I was 42 , which was astonishing!
 
Selected Commissions/collections:

Most of my work has been commissions or public art - Here is a selection :
Some recent work - 2000 to 2007

2007 Rochford Hospital
Carved wooden sculptures for foyer areas of new Hospital Development
2007 Reepham School, Norfolk - Carved Totems
2006 Long project in Lambton Park, Durham creating Britains biggest Sundial
60ft high from recycled railway track, sited in a huge spiral Earth Mound with 24 Monolithic Sandstones from Cumbria.

2004 - 6 Two years working mainly on large scale wood/tree carving with chainsaws .
This has included Public Art projects in : Clacton on Sea,Essex; Bury St Edmunds and Market Weston in Suffolk ; Lopham Fen and Kings Lynn in Norfolk.#
2004 Public Art Project- Coppins Green School Clacton / British Legion , Peace Monument . Ceramics /concrete project - With 1000 children and 1939/45 war veterans#

2005 Public Art - Woodside School, Norwich. Ceramic / Concrete Water Feature

2003 - 4 Producer/Director for new community based arts project with Signals Multimedia in Colchester . 5 Schools and 3 village communities involved in a Film Performance/visual Arts extravaganza
2003 - 4 Harwich Charter 400 - Lead artist/manager of community art project to
create new artworks in 2004. # Mirror mosaics / woodcarving
2002 - 3 Public Art - Ollerton, Notts. Working with community and school to create new sculptures for the Dukeries Centre.
.2002 Public Art Catton Grove School, Norwich . With school and Architects to design and create a Secret Garden, chainsaw carvings in Oak and Cedar, sculptural seating , mosaics., water feature
2002 Public Art Thameside School, Essex. Outdoor interactive sculpture project. Mosaics.
2002 Public Art North School, Colchester. Design and creation of artworks for new school extension.
2002 Jubilee Fire Sculpture. Needham Lakes Festival.
2002 - 3 HOO Sculpture Trail - Project manager and new chainsaw sculptures for 'Hearts of Oak' , Suffolk..#
2002 Jubillee Arts Carnival - Boreham Village, Essex. Director and lead artist for event involving 800 people/children, six schools , artists/musicians. Sourced Lottery funding for project.#

2001 Artist Consultant - Essex County Council. A major long-term project working with a team of Architects and building contractors on the design and integration of artworks into the buildings and grounds of the new Debden Park High School. Work includes : design of fencing, internal flooring and walls, outdoor mosaics and carved oak seating . Included commissioning five other artists for sculptures.

2001 Lead Artist - Design and creation of lanterns for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
2001 Community Project -Creation of Human Sundial at Cressing Temple Essex
2001 Artist residency -Burnt Mill School, Harlow. Essex.
2001 Public Art 'Stupa' En-situ ceramic firing at Tuttington, Norfolk.#
2000 Exhibition - Glazed ceramics, tour of Essex Libraries
2000 Residency/Public Art Project with the National Forest at Ellistown, Leics. Creation of a Village Feature involving community and children with the local brickworks and builders.#
2000 Millenium Arts Festival - Boreham, Essex. Artist consultant, fundraiser and lead artist on lottery funded project Village sculpture, mosaics and music event with local composer. #
2000 Exhibition - Work from Essentially Essex project. First Site Colchester
2000 Public Art National Forest, Marston Vale, Leics. Sculpture from locally fired bricks. With other artists.
1999 Monument Bedford. Concrete and ceramics sculpture #

Earlier Work from 1990 to 1999:::::::

1990 Trinity College Dublin- Scrap car sculpture.
1991 Welfare State International, Barrow "Golden Submarine"
1992 - Dublin 2000 Festival residency for Bicentenary Celebrations

1993 Belfast -Lead Artist -residency, community arts event.'The Last Ferryļ' Welfare State International #
1993 Sandbach - Arts Festival. Giant Puppets #
1994 'The Clayman' Sculpture/performance Suffolk/ Manchester/Notts #
1997 'Monument' Bedford. # Ceramic and local brick sculpture with school input.
1997 - Marston Vale Community Forest, Bedford. School and public art project #
1997/98 - 'Artists in Architecture' designs and work with schools. For Essex CC . #
1998 - Elmswell ,Suffolk. A Brick path maze and mosaic sculpture . Community Arts Project#
1998 - 'Circles' - Exhibition of ceramics. Eye. Suffolk
1999 'Essentially Essex' Project with Essex CC with five other artist to create a multi-media cultural record and environmental art, for the millennium. Joint Exhibition.
1999 - 'Gormenghast' - Model and set building for BBC Film production.


Public Art , Sculptures and Commissions

1989 - 'The Woolpit Brickman' ceramic sculpture and firing
1989 -'Medicine Wheel' - Environmental sculptures. Suffolk.
1989 - 'Riverside Festival' Stockton.
1990 'Pride of Place' Durham. Ceramics and paper kilns.
1992 ' Water Sculpture' Needham Lakes Summer Festival. Suffolk/
1992 - 'Steel Dragon' - Chelmsford Spectacular. Animated 40ft steel sculpture.
1994 ' Environmental Sculpture. 'Sandbach - Cheshire
1995 'Water Dragon' Glastonbury. Public Art. 80ft sculpture /concrete and local stone on steel frame.
1996 - 'Two Roses' Warwick. Special effects for Rock Concert.
1997 'Bandstand' Glastonbury. Welded steel sculptural performance venue. 30ft diam.
1998 'Angel'-- Somerset. Ceramic sculpture fired en-situ. 10ft
1999 'Wild Horses' Halle Concert Tatton Park, Cheshire

Fire Sculptures:
1989 to 92 'Alton Towers' - Fire Spectaculars. Images and pyrotechnics.
1990 Riverside Festival, Stockton.
1992,4,6,7 - Fire Festivals @ Carlisle Community. Sculptural bonfires and Images.
1993 'Firebird' London Symphony Orchestra, Warwick Castle.
1993 to 1999 - Halle Orchestra - Concerts at Tatton Park, Cheshire.
1995,96,97, - 'Halloween' Fire structures for Annual Event - Suffolk.

Performance Art and Events:

1989 'Golden Submarine' Barrow in Furness.
1990 -'Glasgow all Lit Up' Welfare State International.
1990 Houghton Church Festival. #
1991 - 'Earth Dragon' Glastonbury. 40ft Clay sculpture fired en-situ over 4 days.
1991 'Light up the Bay' Cardiff. # 80ft Steel - Light Sculpture
1992 'The Clayman' Suffolk. Involved excavating old claypits to Unearth the Clayman , dig him from the clay and fire in a brick-kiln over 4 days.
1991 'Lord Dynamite' - Performance event - toured in London , Totnes and Newcastle on Tyne. Giant mobile sculptures in steel and recycled metals.
1992 'Walk the Plank' - Theatre Ship.# Sculptural structures for performance.
1992 to 1998 - Annual Dickens Festival, Rochester Castle. Over six years , worked with Dragonfire- designing and building 120ft sets and giant images in Rochester Castle for audiences of 5,000 plus.
1994 -'The Clayman' on tour- Nottingham and Manchester. Landscape sculptures and performances based on the Woolpit Brickman
1996 'Transformation' Sculpture/ Performance - Hartlepool . Project Director and lead artist. 60ft floating sculpture with performers and pyrotechnics.
 
Artist's Statement:
My current fascination is in carving large sculpture in wood - English Oak, Elm, Sweet Chestnut, Cedar, with a chainsaw . Presently I am carving a DRAGON who is going to sit on a Mountain in Switzerland.
 
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