The Rochdale Sculptors
In 1967, realising that only a very small proportion of the public ever go into an art gallery, I was instrumental in setting up the Rochdale Sculptors. The idea was that we would produce work suitable for outdoors, displayed in town centres. The Rochdale Corporation were very helpful in this, and allowed us to use The Esplanade, a long paved area in the centre of the town.
When we installed our sculptures here we lived with the exhibition in a tent for twenty-four hours a day. This enabled us to talk to the public about our work. We gave out programmes and talked about our work. Very quickly we gained a reputation for running successful outdoor exhibitions,
Between the years 1967 to 1973 we mounted many exhibitions in towns across the NW of England. Great support from the NW Art Association enabled us to have print runs of 50,000 catalogues for each show.
We learnt a great deal about communication through sculpture. For example if a work was made with great craftsmanship it would be admired. And we made sculptures which meant something to people, relevant to their lives.
Eventually we became advisers to the Art Council of Great Britain in how to mount
outdoor sculpture shows which did not attract vandalism.
Errecting Monument version 4 – Rochdale Sculptors Exhibition – 1969