Projects, Research & Commissions

Andrew Lacey collaborates with museums, universities, scientific institutions, private art collectors, curators and other like-minded artists, writers and poets on a variety of exciting, ambitious projects – the main areas of activity being contemporary art practice, academic research, sculptural analysis including reconstruction, education and broadcasting:

  • Art Practice & Commissions - Andrew’s sculpture stems from a figurative tradition, heavily influenced by Classical and Renaissance sculpture. He casts his own work in bronze and his manner is spontaneous, experimental and focused. Work is available in very limited editions, or unique commissions.

  • Research & Reconstruction - Consultancy in sculptural research and reconstruction analysis for museums, educational, institutions, publications and art/archaeology TV documentaries. Museum services include: Didactics for bronze sculpture in all periods, Replicas and reconstruction, Technical reports on bronze sculpture, X-ray and neutron scan analysis.

  • Education & Broadcasting - Public speaking engagements, lecturing and studio-based courses have included; Contemporary Techniques of Bronze Cast Sculpture and, for curators and conservators, The Interpretation of Archaeological Relics and The Making of High Renaissance Masterpieces. Andrew is part of a visiting lecturer programme at Cambridge University and UCL. He has also appeared on TV documentaries including New Secrets of the Terracotta Warriors and Time Team.

Enjoy browsing a selection of highlights below. We encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list, if you would like to be kept informed of forthcoming projects, events and exhibitions. Or please get in touch via the Contact Page, if you'd like to enquire about working with Andrew.


 

“Bronze making and working is a practice of great antiquity which is constantly being remade and reworked. So it has a fascinating relation with its own histories. Andrew Lacey is a master bronze artist who is never forgetful of the legacies and after-effects of that lengthy and complex tradition...

Reflexion on an artist's own practice can often disappoint: it is the work itself, after all, that conveys the key message. But what picks out Lacey's enterprises is the care and painstaking attention with which he studies and opens up what mattered in past practice, and the traces it has left in written accounts and recipes and, much more fascinatingly, in material relics and technical ruses. He has always been peculiarly brilliant at teasing out the gaps and spaces between what is said to have been done, and the tactics of casting and shaping and burnishing that must have been followed in practice. Never using the final result as the sole or dominant criterion of success, this is a project much taken with incompletion, with apparent failure or frustration, in which blocked sprues or defective investment become eloquent. Based on a deep sympathy as well as understanding of Renaissance bronze working and its deeds, the historical development of timely working, as least as much as the triumphs of the finished work, turn into an apparently inexhaustible resource for artful experiment and artistic achievement; the furnace and its charge as a well-burnished time machine”.

Simon Shaffer

(Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge)