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This year’s sculpture trail will feature the work of three leading British, female sculptors. Halima Cassell MBE and Almuth Tebbenhoff will have work on display from June 1st and Alice Irwin from July 4th.

An all-female trail has been selected to challenge the historic under representation of women artists in the art world. This year we celebrate all female British sculptors. 

Halima Cassell was born in Pakistan, brought up in Lancashire and now lives in Shropshire. Her multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work which is held in various national and international collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hepworth Wakefield and Birmingham Art Gallery.

Cassell’s work combines strong geometric elements with recurrent patterns and architectural principles to achieve an unsettling sense of movement.

Her piece, ‘Hurricane’ will be on display at St. Mary’s Church in front of the main altar and the spectacular ‘Jesse’ window. This hand carved piece in fibreglass and jesmonite demonstrates a captivating interplay of colour, light and shadow, evoking a sense of dynamic motion and fluidity.

‘Memento Mori’, her work consisting of a pair of solid cast iron sculptures on black steel bases, will stand proudly in the grounds of Shrewsbury Castle. These tear-drop shaped structures hold a deep meaning for the artist, representing both buds about to bloom and at the same time resembling flickering flames, reminding us of the fleeting nature of life’s journey.

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Almuth Tebbenhoff is Vice President of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Born in Furstenau in north west Germany she moved to the UK in 1969 and studied ceramics at the Sir John Cass School of Art before setting up a studio in London.

Tebbenhoff creates explosive forms in bright colours through a steady evolution of processes, investigating themes of light, space and the origins of matter.

Her eye-catching five-metre tall ‘Redhead Sunset Stack’ will rise up from the pond in The Dingle in the Quarry Park. The brightly coloured steel construction is reminiscent of children’s stacking blocks and is intended to capture something of the awe that seeing a beautiful sunset inspires in the artist.

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Alice Irwin graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2018 and has exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Piece Hall, Halifax and Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. Her work explores the relationship between figurative and abstract imagery. With a distinctive visual style combining simplified body shapes, repeating symbols and bright colours, typically pink, orange and blue she draws upon childhood experiences, games and memories in her sculpture and printmaking.

‘Peeps’, her brightly coloured, playful, anthropomorphic steel sculptures exploring childhood innocence and human identity will be on view in the open-air courtyard at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery from July 4th.

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