Story and photo by James Woollen
Brian trained as a painter at the Chesterfield College of art, then went on to gain his teacher training qualification whilst running an evening pottery class. Brian also had a studio at the Harley Gallery Nottinghamshire.
At the age of 52 Brian had had enough of teaching and filling in the paperwork so he established a studio with the organisation Yorkshire Art Space 15 years ago.
He has a list of formal professional qualifications including a MA in Art and design.
Brian has lived in Burngreave for the past two years, and considers the area his home.
He would like to see “all parts of Sheffield equalised and more of social unity and respect.” He aims to achieve social inclusion by helping to create community art in Abbeyfield Park. He has been involved with Abbeyfield house by running raku clay firing sessions Brian’s artwork reflects his interest in physical motion, and the fact that as a young man he wanted to be a dancer. He is inspired by landscapes, seascapes and tactile exploration.
Brian’s upcoming show will be taking place at the open studio’s weekend from 17th November until 18th November.