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The 6th of September 1979
© the artist. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

The 6th of September 1979 1979

John Gibbons (b.1949)

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Sculptor, born in Ireland, who attended Limerick School of Art, 1969–70, then St Martin’s School of Art, 1972–6. He gained a number of awards, including a Macaulay Fellowship in Sculpture, 1975; two GLAA Awards, 1978–85; an Arts Council Award, 1979; Irish Post Award, 1987; and The Lorne Award, 1992. Intach Trust and AHRB Awards followed in 2001 and an Arts Council England Award in 2005. He was several times a visiting artist, including Sculpture Space, Utica, New York, 1980; Clayworks Studio Workshop and Syracuse University, both New York in 1983; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1984; and Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1991. Gibbons was elected professor in 1995 and a fellow of the RBS in 2003. Took part in many group shows, solo exhibitions starting with International Arts Centre, 1975; others including Serpentine Gallery, 1986; Madeline Carter Fine Art in Boston, America, 1988; Angela Flowers/Flowers East from 1992; and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1997.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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