Sculpture and the Rochdale Sculptors

1 Peter Wolstenholme - Insect Sculpture - Plaster - Shown in the Sheffield City Art Gallery Summer Exhibition - 1963
Insect Sculpture – Plaster – Shown in the Sheffield City Art Gallery Summer Exhibition – 1963

2 Peter Wolstenholme - Life Sculpture - Plaster - 1964
Life Sculpture – Plaster – 1964

 

3 Peter Wolstenholme - Drawing for sculpture - 1966
Drawing for sculpture – 1966

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4 Peter Wolstenholme - Ascension - Steel - 1965
Ascension – Steel – 1965
5 Peter Wolstenholme - Ascension in situ in Modern Church in Sheffield - Steel - 1965
Ascension in situ in Modern Church in Sheffield – Steel – 1965
6 Peter Wolstenholme - Deatil of sculpture - Concrete and steel
Detail of sculpture – Concrete and steel

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7 Peter Wolstenholme - 3 Versions of Jenny's Ladder to the Moon
3 Versions of Jenny’s Ladder to the Moon
8 Peter Wolstenholme - Steel sculpture
Steel sculpture

 

 

11 Peter Wolstenholme - War Machine - Steel
War Machine – Steel
Drawing for sculpture
Drawing for sculpture
Steel sculpture
13 Peter Wolstenholme - Drawing for sculpture
Drawing for sculpture
12 Peter Wolstenholme - Jenny's Ladder to the Moon - Painted Steel
Jenny’s Ladder to the Moon – Painted Steel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Peter Wolstenholme - A Cross for Jenny when she Dies - Aluminium - 1969
A Cross for Jenny when she Dies – Aluminium – 1969
15 Peter Wolstenholme - Detail of A Cross for Jenny when she Dies - Collection Rochdale Art Gallery
Detail of A Cross for Jenny when she Dies – Collection Rochdale Art Gallery

 

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.

16 Peter Wolstenholme - Errecting Monument version 4 - Rochdale Sculptors Exhibition - 1969

Errecting Monument version 4 – Rochdale Sculptors Exhibition – 1969

17 Peter Wolstenholme - Street Sculpture - 1970
Street Sculpture – 1970
18 Peter Wolstenholme - Street Sculpture - 1970
Street Sculpture – 1970
19 Peter Wolstenholme - Street Sculpture - 1970 - A Bed of Nettles
Street Sculpture – 1970 – A Bed of Nettles
20 Peter Wolstenholme - Homage to Giacometti - Perspex and aluminium
Homage to Giacometti – Perspex and aluminium
21 Peter Wolstenholme - Detail of Homage to Giacometti
Detail of Homage to Giacometti
22 Peter Wolstenholme - Ceramic Column
Ceramic Column

23 Peter Wolstenholme - Blue Skies and Black Peas Exhibition invite

24 Peter Wolstenholme - Conceptual Sculpture - Packet of Broadbeans with growing instructions
Conceptual Sculpture – Packet of Broadbeans with growing instructions
25 Peter Wosltenholme - Blue Skies and Black Peas Exhibition, Sheffield Polytechnic Gallery
Blue Skies and Black Peas Exhibition, Sheffield Polytechnic Gallery
26 Peter Wolstenholme - Cathedral - Perspex and silver plated copper
Cathedral – Perspex and silver plated copper