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What is the First Anguilla Sculpture Symposium?

The first event of its kind in the Caribbean, the First Anguilla Sculpture Symposium is a dynamic, LIVE public event in which, over a 3-week period, 3 internationally renowned artists will create 3 original sculptures celebrating Anguilla’s history and culture. 

When & Where?

The Symposium will take place at the beautiful Art Café in historic Island Harbour, Anguilla, from November 9 through November 27, 2015. 
View of Art Cafe at Island Harbour, the site of the Symposium

What are we all about and the impact of the Symposium?

For us, it’s all about creating a legacy of art and education for the beloved place we call home—Anguilla.

  • Free and open to the public, the Symposium is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors alike to watch the artists hard at work, to speak with them, and to learn first hand about what actually goes into the creation of a public sculpture. Locals, tourists, Anguillian youth, and the sculptors will together experience the joy that comes from liberating a work of art from a block of stone or a hunk of metal.
  • To engage and ignite the latent creativity of the Island’s youth, school groups will come from all over the island to visit the worksite. While there, the participating artists will lead a series of innovative sculpture workshops for the students—sharing their skills, knowledge and love of the art form.
  • To offer those students with the nascent skills and maturity, especially at risk youth, the opportunity to uncover their talents, there is the possibility of hands-on participation in the creative work.
  • The public sculptures that the artists create will remain on permanent display on Anguilla, and it’s our hope that they will constitute the first steps in what will in time become Anguilla’s Sculpture Trail.
  • As an international event, the Symposium fosters cultural exchange and cooperation between the participating artists, who are joining us from various parts of the globe, and Anguilla’s thriving arts and crafts community.

Who’s on the team and how did this all get started?

The beginning…

Last year, in London, our Director, Walter Bayer, attended a talk at the Royal British Society of Sculptors on public art. Utterly inspired by what he’d heard, it was here that he met artist Alexandra Harley, MRBS, who asked him that fateful question, “Have you ever thought of organizing a sculpture symposium in Anguilla?”

A little history…

From Alex, Walter learned that sculpture symposia take place all over the world, from Russia to Australia to Germany. The International Sculpture Symposium movement originated in Austria in 1959 when sculptor Karl Prantl created an event in an abandoned stone quarry in a bid to provide networking opportunities for artists working in 3D. From then on sculptors have been helping each other to initiate new symposia worldwide. For each symposium, artists come together to work on their own pieces, to share their skills and knowledge with each other in an environment of support and cooperation, and to create works for the community to enjoy for generations.

Artist Sepp Wyss works on a piece at the 1st International Sculpture Symposium in Austria in 1959.

Introducing the team…

The more Walter thought about it, the more he liked the idea and all the exciting educational and artistic possibilities it entailed for the island. The Symposium soon became a family project as Walter enlisted the help of his two daughters, Helen and Teresa, and his good friends, Penny and Hendrick. Together this mad cap team have recruited a trusted team of advisors and experts, including Anguillian artists Courtney Devonish and Cheddie Richardson; Joan Richardson, Anguilla Tourist Board; and Janine Edwards, marketing expert and owner of Sunset Homes.

Which artists have been selected?

Jon Barlow Hudson

Jon Barlow Hudson creates public sculpture, private sculpture installations and corporate sculpture environments world-wide. His influences range from molecular structures to Zen Buddhism. Jon Barlow Hudson received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has exhibited extensively across the US, UK, Europe, China and Japan. An internationally renowned artist, he has installed public sculpture projects in 23 countries around the world.

Almuth Tebbenhoff

Born in Fürstenau in North West Germany, Tebbenhoff came to England and studied Ceramics at the Sir John Cass School of Art. She lives and works in London. Inspired by process, Tebbenhoff is fascinated by the way objects of beauty and intrigue can emerge from industrial processes like cutting and welding steel. Constantly seeking to balance opposing forces and create new harmonies, she finds inspiration in the natural world and in astronomical space. She has exhibited widely across the UK and Europe and her work is included in a variety of collections, including the Library of Leicester University, the Cass Sculpture Foundation and the Goodwood Estate.

Alexandra Harley

Alexandra Harley’s dynamic sculptures capture and conjure a sense of movement and animation in non-kinetic sculpture. Working predominantly in wood and stone, Harley produces lively and robust carved constructions with a rich variety of textures. Based in London, Alexandra Harley studied at Central St. Martins and Wimbledon School of Art. She exhibits regularly internationally and has participated in numerous residencies and symposia across Europe and the US.

How will we use the funding?

As you may or may not know—putting together a sculpture symposium can be an expensive affair. We are working hard to solicit in-kind donations for all manner of supplies and services, from borrowing angle grinders and cranes to asking local restaurants to feed our lovely artists and enthusiastic team of volunteers.

Today, we’re asking for funds to pay for the materials the sculptors will use to make their works—the Anguilla native stone and steel—and for the tools the artists will be using, such as angle grinders, hammer drills and diamond cutting wheels, and the heavy equipment needed to move and install the sculptures, like cranes, trucks and back hoes.

What are some other ways to help?

You can help us get the word out on social media, via facebook @AnguillaSculpture and twitter @AnguillaSculpt

Want to attend the Symposium?

We are in the process of putting together hotel packages for visitors to the Symposium, so send us an email at and we will keep you posted re discounts on accommodation.


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