Talented sculpture photographer hosts exhibition at Ulverston’s Ford Park

War Memorial, Fleetwood - Peter Needham

The work of talented photographer Peter Needham is the latest exhibition at Ford Park’s Coach House.

Featuring a selection of Peter’s photographs of sculptures, the exhibition has attracted plenty of interest since it was unveiled earlier this month.

Speaking of his work, which is for sale, Peter said: “Taking photographs of sculptures is in theory straightforward. They don’t move, there’s plenty of time to assess angles and wait for people to move out of the way. But there are challenges. For example, there is often a lot of clutter around them, and they poke into pale north-western skies.

“Highlights in our region include the Grizedale Sculpture Trails, those men on plinths in Barrow, beautiful panels on the war memorial in Barrow Park, and Laurel and Hardy staring bemused at Barclays Bank in Ulverston.

“Ulverston is home to Chris Brammall, a blacksmith-artist of international renown who has generously endowed the Canal with sculptures and created an iconic piece for the start of the Cumbrian Way. He has also installed remarkable pieces on the beach at Cleveleys, north of Blackpool. Surely there are no better illustrations of the value of public art than these works.”

A number of the photographs in the exhibition also feature in a book ‘The Public Sculptures of Cumbria and Lancashire’ by David Cross – one of the speakers in our upcoming Talk and Supper series at Ford Park.

On January 24, David will present ‘Public Monuments and Sculpture in Cumbria’, in which he will explore the background of sculptures in the area, their commission, involvement of sculptors, architects and bronze founders and the biographies of key creative figures.

Running from 7-9pm, the talk is £12.50 per person and includes a sociable supper. There is a 10% discount for Ford Park members. Booking is essential – please call 01229 581666.

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