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Wildlife Sculptor Launches Masterclass Series

A leading wildlife sculptor will launch the first in a series of masterclasses organised by the University of Ulster and hosted by the Ulster Museum.

Brendan Hesmondhalgh, who is fast becoming one of the UK’s best sculptors, will reveal the secrets behind his success and share the tips of his trade in a public talk and workshop this week.  

The event will mark the first of six lectures and classes presented by internationally renowned artists of ceramics, silversmithing, jewellery and textiles, as part of the Applied Arts Ulster group’s annual programme. 

Clive Fiddis, from the School of Art and Design, said: “Brendan creates large life-like sculptures, encapsulating the real essence of his subjects. Having trained in ceramics, he understands his chosen materials very well, and utilises them in a unique fashion. He applies a method described as a fearless manipulation of his chosen medium, resulting in powerful and strikingly emotive works. 

“This upcoming series of talks and classes offers a unique insight into artists at the peak of their practice and presents a fantastic opportunity for emerging young talent to meet and learn from people who are the pinnacle of their trade.” 

Brendan Hesmondhalgh will present his talk at 1pm on Thursday 18 November at the Ulster Museum.  

The masterclass takes place from 9.30am – 5pm at the University of Ulster’s Belfast campus. Places are free but booking is advised due to high demand. To reserve tickets call: 08456 080 000 

Future speakers in the series include Danish jewellery artist Mette Saabye, London-based glass sculptor Anne Catrell, internationally renowned textile artist Jo Budd and German jeweller Iris Bodemer.  

For further details on the masterclass series email Clive Fiddis at: ca.fiddis@ulster.ac.uk