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28 June 2005 PR 05/58

Loughborough artist chosen for world’s largest free outdoor sculpture exhibition

John Atkin, Reader in Fine Art at Loughborough University School of Art and Design, has been selected as one of only three UK artists to participate in the largest free outdoor sculpture exhibition in the world.

Sculpture by the Sea features 100 sculptures sited along Sydney’s scenic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. The exhibition takes place from 3 – 20 November 2005. Last year 440,000 visitors from around Australia and overseas attended the exhibition and experienced the diverse range of sculptures and installations at this unique location.

Now in its sixth year, Sculpture by the Sea has been critically acclaimed with major coverage in leading national newspapers including The Independent, The Age, and The Sydney Morning Herald and prominent fine art publications such as Sculpture and A-N. The 2005 exhibition has received applications from over 500 internationally respected artists and John Atkin has excelled in achieving selection for the second consecutive year.

Redwing Sail, the Sydney-bound sculpture, is 20 feet tall and made from stainless steel.  It is part of John’s Solent series of sculptures inspired by J Class sailing yachts and pattern-blocks. 
The reverse helix-twist through the sculpture animates the viewer’s eye in such a way that the sculpture has a slow vertical movement throughout the height of the artwork.

John has secured funding for his own travel and is now seeking corporate sponsorship to freight his sculpture to Sydney. “This represents an excellent opportunity to engage with one of the country’s leading artists and raise corporate profile on an international stage,” says Anna Seddon, marketing manager for Loughborough University Enterprises. “The sponsor’s corporate logo and acknowledgement will feature in the exhibition catalogue which last year sold in excess of 12,000 copies and Australian national airline QANTAS is screening the DVD of the exhibition on all flights, so sponsors are assured of global coverage.”

John Atkin studied painting at Leicester Polytechnic before being personally invited by Henry Moore to visit his studios at Much Hadam. Moore was impressed by Atkin’s work and funded his postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art.

John Atkin has received awards from the British Council and Australian Councils and has recently exhibited at Sculpture at Goodwood, The Kouros Gallery in New York and The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. He was recently invited to represent England at the EMAAR Sculpture Symposium in Dubai. His sculpture, fabricated in steel and glass, is destined for the Burgh Dubai, the world’s tallest building.

Most recently he has embarked on a new collaboration with Sculpturesite Gallery in San Francisco, and will have new works prominently displayed in its opening exhibition on 11, August 2005.


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