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MAR
04

Jane Rickards - Sculptor

The commissioning process of ‘Cipher Wave (Alexandra’s Angel)’ After completing the ‘Templar Stone’ commission in 2004 I was invited by Swindon Borough Council, on behalf of David Wilson Homes, to consider submitting a sculptural design for their new housing development called Alexandra Park, south of Wroughton, near Swindon in Wiltshire. It was to be situated on the site of the recently demolished ‘Princess Alexandra RAF Hospital’ which had served the local civilian, as well as the military, c...cipher wave
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FEB
04

Click here to read about MELISSA'S commission.

MELISSA COLE - BLACKSMITH'Is it a table? Is it art? Actually, it’s both!' By Vanya Body Have you ever thought about commissioning an artist to create a one-off and bespoke piece of furniture for your home?  Does that sound like something that 'other people' do?  Well, that’s what I thought…but we have done just that and are now the proud owners of atable that is a handcrafted showpiece –and definitely a one-off.   It has been forged from raw steel by Mel...mel7
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JAN
27

Click here to read about Lisi's commission.

LISI ASHBRIDGE - LETTER ARTIST'First Sealing Stone in a long, long time' During Open Studios in 2014, I was approached and asked whether I would be interested in designing and cutting the first sealing stone to go into the All Cannings Long Barrow. Tim Daw (www.thelongbarrow.com), our local landowner, has fulfilled his life-long ambition and built the only modern long barrow in the UK, here at All Cannings, using Neolithic building methods and materials, resulting in a resting place with a sacr...lisif
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JAN
17

Click here to read about SIMONE'S commission.

SIMONE DAWOOD - PAINTER'The Uffington White Horse Commission' "Simone’s work has a wonderful way of portraying a sense of place in just a few strokes. We instantly recognised The Ridgeway near Wayland’s Smithy as a place we had recently walked along. We liked the painting so much we commissioned Simone to paint a picture of the Uffington White Horse. She enthusiastically took on the challenge and we are thrilled with the result. She has captured the essence of the landscape in a wonderful way a...ridgeway near weyland smithy1
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JAN
12

Click here to read about MARK'S commission.

MARK SOMERVILLE - Photographer'Arctic Star Medal - A Public Commission' These portraits are selected from a Wiltshire Council commission in partnership with Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and the Heritage Lottery Fund to photograph the 33 remaining Wiltshire based recipients of the Arctic Star medal. The men were conscripted or volunteered to serve as Merchant Seamen on the Atlantic Convoys during WWII. Most were in their late teens at the time and endured great hardships in t...Mark Somerville 1
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JAN
12

Click here to read about AMY'S commission.

AMY ROBSON – Painter‘Commissioned Painting within Commissioned Painting’ I was commissioned by two friends to paint a London interior as a gift for a mutual American friend.  She was moving back to Charleston, South Carolina after over twenty years of living in the UK. The client had a much-loved and beautifully decorated home in south London so an oil painting of it was hopefully going to make a perfect memento of her time in London.      The brief as agreed with the...amy 3
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