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Anthony Padgett

Artist, Sculptor, Dance Teacher, Writer, Activist

I am an award winning sculptor based in the UK. My sculptures are held internationally in art galleries, museums, universities and public spaces. My current project is a Peace sculpture of Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973).

Picasso’s involvement in the Peace movement is often forgotten internationally but his work often highlighted the suffering of victims of war and his Dove remains a potent symbol of world peace.

In 2018 I began a project called A Year With Picasso - www.ayearwithpicasso.co.uk . The final work is a life size sculpture of Picasso as a child with a Dove and masks of himself as a younger and an older man. The sculpture is a celebration of Picasso’s life and his peace work. 

One home for the sculpture is Sheffield. This is to express the relationship between Picasso, Sheffield, the International Brigade, Spain, the Communism party and the cause of Peace. The aim is to site the smaller sculptures in key places concerning his work around the World Congress of Peace and other anti-war initiatives (often linked with the French Communist Party of which he was an active member from 1944 until he died in 1973). Only a couple of international sites are being sought for the larger sculpture. Sheffield is one of these key locations.

Please find here a link to a short film about the making of the Picasso Sculpture. This is mainly about the visual research in Spain and the UK and the technique of making and less to do with the history behind the project and the other locations for the sculpture. 

The project I completed before this was a bust of Vincent Van Gogh (sited in Brixton's Van Gogh Walk, Ramsgate, Espace Van Gogh in Arles France, Belgium, Holland) - www.ayearwithvincent.co.uk

Other sculpture projects are of the First World War poet Wilfred Owen, and a limestone commemoration to the 23 Chinese Cockle Pickers who died in Morecambe Bay in 2003.

Anthony is the Lancashire representative for the Artists Union of England www.artistsunionengland.org.uk