Exhibition: 30 July – 21 August 2009
Private view 29 July 2009,6.30-8.30 pm
RBS Studio Gallery, 108, Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA
Samantha Donnelly ARBS
Bronze at Fonderia Mariani
Eugen Petri ARBS
Stone at Fondazione SEM
This exhibition celebrates the discoveries of Samantha Donnelly and Eugen Petri during their residencies in Pietrasanta, for Brian Mercer Residencies 2008
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The Royal British Society of Sculptors’ Brian Mercer supported stone residency award proved so successful over the previous two years that in 2008 The Brian Mercer Charitable Trust extended this opportunity to sculptors working in bronze. Two talented sculptors were selected from the RBS membership to spend 3 months developing their skills with the support and guidance of world renowned artisans in Pietrasanta, Tuscany. The selection panel were seeking to identify two sculptors who could seize the opportunity to learn, experiment and extend their boundaries. In 2008 Samantha Donnelly ARBS was awarded the Brian Mercer Bronze Residency at Fonderia Artistica Mariani and Eugen Petri ARBS was awarded the Brian Mercer Stone Residency at Fondazione Sem. This exhibition celebrates the discoveries of Samantha Donnelly and Eugen Petri during their 2008 Residencies.
“Pietrasanta was a huge learning experience and one that will filter through my practice over the coming years.” Samantha Donnelly, ARBS
“There was a friendly and supportive atmosphere at Sem, sculptors and artisans working side by side, sharing ideas knowledge and experience. This was truly the greatest experience of my life.” Eugen Petri, ARBS
The Royal British Society of Sculptors
Committed to the pursuit of excellence in the art form, the Society aims to inspire, inform and engage people with sculpture. It offers opportunities to see/experience the extraordinary diversity of contemporary work and to learn about it from those that make it. It supports sculptors by providing bursaries to newly emergent sculptors, professional development seminars, a mentoring scheme and awards. It is a membership society of professional sculptors and was established in 1905 as a not-for-profit company, becoming a registered charity in 1963. It is the oldest and largest organisation dedicated to sculpture in the UK.
The Brian Mercer Charitable Trust
Dr Brian Mercer OBE was a talented and successful industrialist and inventor. Above all he was a creative individual of the highest order. According to his wishes, a charity was established in his name which primarily supports original and innovative scientific and medical research. But Brian Mercer also had a passion for art so he also wanted his charity to support the development of talented artists. In pursuing this wish, through the Royal British Society of Sculptors the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust established a marble sculpting residency in Pietrasanta. The success of the scheme has now led to a similar residency in bronze casting. Thus far, all four of the sculptors have described their experience in Pietrasanta as “life-changing”. We very much hope this continues.
Established in March 2003, the Foundation derives its name and founding principles from the cultural legacy of Sem Ghelardini, who in his time founded and directed Studio Sem. The foundation currently provides: scholarships for young artists or those currently working in another material. Conferences and lectures on the creative process, art and culture in general and professional training for young artisans.
Fonderia Artistica Mariani
The foundry has a long tradition of producing high quality bronze sculptures following the same method of lost wax casting used by Benvenuto Cellini. Improved today by modern technology and machinery this is still the most accurate and reliable way of creating sculptures and bronze monuments.