Kate Semple - Sculpture
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Stone and Scribe Exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey
Exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey
7th June - 27th September 2014

Kate Semple along with calligrapher John Rowlands Pritchard have produced work inspired by this wonderful venue especially for the exhibition. John has referred to the manuscripts of St. Dunstan for his painted canvasses, while Kate has used the Romanesque detailing of the Abbey for her abstract sculptures in Portland stone.

There is also a display of work made for Elysium Memorials. Here they both work within a group of highly skilled craftspeople producing artworks for the home or garden that commemorate and celebrate a life or event.

Kate is running a two day stone carving workshop at the Abbey on the 26th and 27th of July.

John is also a musician, and is running a chant workshop on the 20th of September, and is performing with his group Opus Anglicanum on the 27th of September.

The exhibition opens on the 7th of June and runs until the 28th of September, and is included in the admission charge to the Abbey.

Doddington Hall Sculpture
Doddington Hall

Kate has recently exhibited work at Doddington Hall, near Lincoln. The exhibition ran from August 4th to September 2nd. Doddington Hall is an amazing Elizabethan house with walled gardens and grounds. It's was a huge show, with over 250 exhibits, and a great day out.

Check out their website
Frome Festival - Fuse
Frome Festival

As part of Frome Festival, Kate took part in a collaborative show at the Old Sunday School on Catherine Hill. Together with Rachael Macleay, Paul Boswell and Sonja Klingler they put together a show called 'FUSE', an eclectic mix of stone, glass and scrap. The work was a witty and unnerving collection of creatures and forms, no one had seen anything quite like it before!

Stanbridge Hall Sculpture Commission
Stanbridge Hall
Stanbridge Hall is a large development of retirement flats in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Kate was asked to design and make a sculpture to be a focal point of the gardens. It was completed and fixed in March.It is made from Portland stone and glass produced by glass artist Sonja Klingler, and stands to a height of 8 feet on it's plinth. The theme of the sculpture is one of a new beginning, based on the emblem of the school originally on the site.
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Kate was accepted onto the selective art resource site www.axisweb.org where
she has a page of work and details.
Archive News...
  • September 2010 - Somerset Art Week - September 2010 - view
  • August 2010 - Frome Garden Sculpture Installation Completes - view
  • July 2010 - Stone Carving Studio opens - view
  • December 2009 - Workshop and studio expansion - view
  • November 2009 - Extra Cruise Commission! - view
  • September 2009 - Westbury Church Seating Project- view
  • July to November 2009 - New Private Commission - view
  • July 2009 - Cruise Commission - view
  • July 2009 - 3.5 Metre Private Commission - view
  • July 2009 - Open Sculpture Garden Chilton Polden - view
  • June 2009 - Open Gardens - view
  • May 2009 - The Mobile Stone Carving Studio working with Matravers School and St Stephen’s Church - view
Kate is working on a couple of large commissions, one for a development project in Banbury, and another for a private garden. They are in their early stages, but hopefully photos will be posted on the next update.
Delamore House
Delamore Arts Logo
Delamore Arts

Having been extremely successful at the exhibition held at Delamore House in Cornwood, Devon, Kate is busy preparing some new work for next year. It's really worth a visit if you're nearby in May, the house and gardens are extraordinary, and the have a good range of work really well

Delamore Arts,
Delamore Estate,
Cornwood, Ivybridge,
Devon PL21 9QT
Check out their website
The Bishop's Palace, Wells
Saturday 25th June - Friday 30th July 2011

Summer Exhibition at The Bishop's Palace, Wells. A group of artists including Kate, will be showing their 2D and 3D work in the Bishop's Palace and grounds. The show runs from Saturday 25th of June to Friday 30th July. There's no better way to spend an afternoon than strolling around the Bishop's Palace, the gardens are fantastic, a great place to see some art!

September 2010
Somerset Art Week - Kate Semple Sculpture  
Somerset Art Week
18th September- 3rd October

lease come along to see some sculpture by Kate Semple and John Candler at Chilton Polden near Bridgwater over the Somerset Art Weeks. There will be some of their collaborative stone and glass pieces and examples of thier individual work displayed in John's lovely garden and his studio.

No. 168 in the Somerset Art Weeks catalogue. 
Webbs Cottage,
Wilmotts Close,
Chilton Polden,
Somerset TA7 9DL
August 2010
installing stone sculpture in a Frome garden  
Sculpture Commission

The largest and most complicated piece of sculpture made by Kate has recently been installed in a private garden near Frome. Made up from ten separate pieces of Portland stone which interlock, fixing the sculpture was a nail biting few days. Kate had a great team helping her and all went pretty much to plan thanks to their skill and care. 

frome garden stone sculpture

July 2010
Cruise ship commission
At the beginning of the year, Kate was commissioned to make 4 sculptures based on a nautical theme for a Saga Cruise Ship. There was and incredibly short deadline for these stone sculptures which meant working all hours and all weathers for the first 2 months of the year . All went well, deadline met and a thrilled client - PHEW!
The Stone Carving Studio

As soon as the courier picked up the sculpture for the cruise ships, Kate set to work preparing and renovating 2 adjoining farm buildings in sub zero temperatures into a studio/workshop space suitable for teaching stone carving and sculpture classes and courses. Once again, it was a tight deadline, but The Stone Carving Studio opened for business in March. All courses filled up rapidly and names went on a waiting list for subsequent terms. The studio provides workshop space for up to 8 students at a time and an adjoining cozy tea room and small library of sculpture reference books and related material.

The Restaurant at the Grange
Jane Averill, owner of the Cookery School at the Grange and recently opened Restaurant at the Grange in Whatley, Somerset, has always been a great fan of Kate's work. Several pieces are currently displayed in the beautiful light, airy and contemporary restaurant and plans are being made to develop a series of sculptures to place in the gardens. (Link to www.restaurantatthegrange.co.uk
Somerset Arts Week
Kate is exhibiting her own work and some of her collaborative sculptures with friend, John Candler, during Somerset Arts Week. September 18th to October 3rd 2010.
Come and visit John's own sculpture garden and gallery at Webbs Cottage, Wilmotts Close, Chilton Polden, Somerset TA7 9DL.
For further information visit: www.stoneandglasssculpture.com
December 2009
Stone Carving Classes - New Workshop  
Workshop & Studio Expansion
Having had numerous enquiries about running stone carving classes, and following the great success of the mobile studio, I have just taken on the workshop next door to expand into running courses starting next spring. This winter's project is to renovate and equip the studio and transform it into a cosy, welcoming space able to accommodate 8 students.
November 2009
Stone Sculpture commission for Pulmantur cruise liner  
Extra Cruise Commission!
Pulmantur were so pleased with the previous 10 sculptures I made last year that they commissioned another 5 for a refit of one of their cruise ships.
Church stone sculpture commission
Church stone sculpture commission
August to September 2009 - Westbury Church Seating Project
Another major project this summer was the completion, final fixing and official opening of the community seating project at All Saints Church, Westbury, Wiltshire. Include pictures x 2
Private Stone Sculpture Commission  
July - November 2009 - New Private Commission
Work in progress for private commission continues to go well, now complete awaiting good weather for building the plinth and fixing.
July 2009 - Cruise Commission
Cruise Commission 2 Cruise Commission 2 Cruise Commission 2 Cruise Commission 2 Cruise Commission 2
Kate has recently completed 10 sculptures in Portland Stone for installation on a Pullmantur cruise liner. Based on wave forms, the success of these pieces has prompted the client to commission 5 further sculptures on the same theme for completion by December 2009.
July 2009 - 3.5 Metre Private Commission
Kate is currently working on her largest private commission to date, a 3.5 metre high sculpture created in Portland Stone. This geometric structure consists of three interlocking vertical elements and explores the idea of movement within stone and the playful concept of suspended, floating forms.  The design is technically challenging, requiring hugely specialised preparation work before the carving begins.

Further updates will be posted over the next 3 months as the sculpture takes shape.

July 2009 - Open Sculpture Garden Chilton Polden
Opening dates are Sat 18 and Sun 19 10.30 to 6pm.  Webbs Cottage, Wilmotts Close, Chilton Polden, Somerset, TA7 9DL.
June 2009 - Open Gardens
Stone and Glass Sculpture (http://stoneandglasssculpture.com) have been exhibiting several new pieces at an Open Gardens near Wincanton and at Cannington Gardens near Bridgewater, Somerset. ( Link to stone and glass sculpture) June 23rd to 28th June - Cannington Walled Garden Open Arts Week. Cannington College, Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2HA. Off A39 Bridgwater to Minehead. View sculptures in the garden.

More details at www.gardenvisit.com/garden/cannington_college_gardens


May 2009 - The Mobile Stone Carving Studio working with Matravers School and St Stephen’s Church
Mobie Stone Carving Studio Westbury Mobie Stone Carving Studio Westbury
The Mobile Stone Carving Studio has been out and about this month at Westbury, Wiltshire.  Working in conjunction with Matravers School and St Stephen’s Church, Kate and 40 members of the community are creating carvings to be incorporated into stone seating for a hidden garden next to the church. The garden will be officially re-opened in September as a place for the local people to meet and enjoy.

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