Martin Staniforth

I am fascinated by the natural process of renewal, the circle of life. Life follows death follows life, as sure as day follows night follows day. My creative practice focuses on emergence, regeneration and natural progression, drawing influences from nature and mankind’s experience of nature. My sculptures build a sense of hope.
A media-neutral sculptor (working in a variety of materials including 500-year-old burnt wood, clay, bronze) and a creative facilitator incorporating community workshops, original music compositions and contemporary dance into sculpture installations.

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Vita
1980s - designed bits of production line at Austin Rover
1990s - advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi) where I learnt to distil complex narratives into simple, snappy stories
2000s
- studied sculpture from life at Harrow College
- Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation
- printmaking at Double Elephant in Exeter, exploring social narrative
- creative workshops at Southbank Centre Being A Man Festival, in schools in the USA and Spain for Apps For Good, with the board of Unilever and the global team of the Dove Self-Esteem Project and with clients of charities SAFE (against domestic violence), Headway Devon (brain injury), United Response (learning difficulties) and Hikmat (refugees).
2017
- co-founded Creative Beings CIC, a social enterprise that helps to “cultivate creative practices for wellbeing”
- devised and led the integrated ‘Hope & Renewal’ arts project, including sculpture installation, community workshops and a national photographic competition
- 4-metre high sculpture was awarded top prize at TRAIL outdoor exhibition
2019 - elected chair of South West Sculptors.
2020/21 - multi-media arts project, Resurgo / Scension
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Exhibitions
Jun 2022

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

Apr 2022

Delamore Arts, Ivybridge

Jan 2022

Aldingbourne public Art Commission shortlist, West Sussex

Nov 2021

University of Exeter

Oct 2021

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Jun 2021

Exeter Cathedral: sculpture + soundscape + dance + workshops

May 2021

Delamore Arts

Oct 2020

Symondsbury Gallery, Bridport

Sep 2020

Langmoor and Lister Gardens, Lyme Regis

Nov 2019

Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis (joint show)

May 2019

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

Apr 2019

University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

Nov 2018

South West Academy, Exeter Castle

Oct 2018

TAAG, Teignmouth

Jul 2018

Telegraph’s Ways With Words, Dartington

Jun 2018

LIVE at Walcot Chapel, Bath

May 2018

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

Mar 2018

Our eARTh, Kunsthuis Gallery, Yorkshire

Nov 2017

South West Academy, Exeter Castle

Oct 2017

Wirksworth Heritage Centre shortlist, Derbyshire

Jul 2017

TRAIL top prize, Teignmouth lighthouse

Jun 2017

Powderham Castle

Jun 2017

Beehive, Honiton; CoLab, Exeter

May 2017

Cathedral Green, Exeter

Apr 2017

Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay

May 2016

Redefining Print Exeter Portfolio

Mar 2016

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Mar 2016

Kaleider, Exeter

Sep 2015

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Jun 2014

Gallerie Du Grotesque, Walsall

Apr 2014

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
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Publications
BBC Spotlight
ITV Westcountry
The Guardian
The Telegraph
Devon Life
Scension 170_Maria
Life-sized figurative aluminium mesh with willow weaving and teased muslin
Martin Staniforth, Metal, Natural materials
Persephone
Life-sized figurative sculpture showing exterior confidence and beauty while hinting at interior vulnerabilities
Martin Staniforth, Bronze
Achilles
Bronze torso showing exterior strength while hinting at interior vulnerability
Martin Staniforth, Bronze
Vulnerability
Figure peering over the edge
Martin Staniforth, Bronze
Scension (grounded)
Woven willow with hazel and cherry
Martin Staniforth, Wood, Mixed Media
Hope & Renewal
Burnt 500-year-old timbers from Britain's oldest hotel
Martin Staniforth, Wood, Natural materials
Scension (dance)
Contemporary dance performance (1 of 7) in response to a soundscape composition as part of Scension sculpture installations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAehxoKh8EI
Martin Staniforth, Performance, Installation
Tree Of Hope
Laser-cut birch tree covered in 'leaves of hope' that were made in community workshops. The tree has been displayed, and added to, in Arts Centres, a Cathedral, a University and a major Hospital
Martin Staniforth, Wood, Mixed Media


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