The Mark Anthony Gallery is an exciting new space at Living Heritage Events where we showcase some of the best work of some of the top artists and crafters in the UK. Feel free to come and browse and admire some of the amazing work on show. You may even want to purchase a unique sculpture for your own home or garden.
We also feature presentations from some of our artists and various points during the day, so do come back and hear more of the stories behind your favourite pieces.
From a long line of showmen, Jason is a skilled artist in the specialist arena of fairground art. You may well have seen his work before as it is more often to be found being enjoyed by enthralled children on a traditional merry-go-round than in a static gallery, but we are incredibly fortunate that Jason has produced a couple of showpieces for us to demonstrate this very traditional and unusual style of art. To see more of his work, have a look at the fairground FunHouse on site!
Karl best describes himself as a designer-maker and has been using his crafting skills for many years in a range of creative industries. With a background in building and historic restoration, Karl soon realised that his passion and skills came from a more creative place and began producing large pieces of furniture and sculpture work.
Working organically, rather than in a structured or planned way, and taking inspiration from the natural world around him, Karl likes most of all, to start work on a project without too much of a set idea about how the finished product might look. Preferring to see where his creative flow takes him. By his own admission, this is how some of his best work is produced.
His choice to work in the medium of alabaster came about as a result of his passion for working directly with the stone. Letting both the process, and the object itself, unfold in a very natural process. Working with existing patterns, shapes, strengths and weaknesses in the piece, what prevails in the end, is something that could never be planned, sketched or considered before starting work. Karl considers the ‘challenge’ all part of the excitement.
Chris Stokes, Owner of Stokes of England Oswestry is no ordinary blacksmith. A qualified Tool Maker and Machine Tool Operator he developed his skills in general metal work before undertaking intensive training with his father, Joseph Benjamin Stokes, Master Blacksmith, and Master Farrier, UN Expert and Consultant in Blacksmithing to UN departments and other aid agencies.
Joe opened Stokes of England in North Shropshire in 1985 not just as the family business it was established as a training facility for overseas development and is the source of several Blacksmithing training manuals.
Through the peripatetic nature of Joe’s work with the UN Chris lived in various places in Africa. In Khartoum 1972, he swam the Nile at Wad Medani and witnessed the attempted coup of President Nimeri. A spell in Tripoli Libya in 1975 exposed him to the summary justice of Sharia law and in 1976 Joe’s work with the UN took them to Zambia.
Chris’s international experience, his innate skills and the exposure to the improvisation techniques taught by his father to African farmers, has greatly enriched the artistic nature of his work. He has undertaken commissions for, Prince Charles, The Omani Royal Family, the Oppenheimers, Owen Paterson MP, Madonna, Paul Simon, and people and organisations locally and throughout the UK
E & M Glass
Keeping it in the family! E&M Glass are a family of glass-blowers; all expert crafters in their own right. They can be seen in action in the glass-blowing marquee every hour on the hour throughout the weekend. Their shows tend to be very popular so do get there early!
Ed is a master glassblower. Having discovered glass at the age of eighteen he embarked on a career in the medium. Studying at college he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in glass design and then worked and learned from many established glassmakers. In 1988 he built his own furnace and studio and began producing his unique style of glassware. Specialising in tableware, Ed’s interests are in the use of strong colour and shape. His designs range from the manufacture of production ranges to the more exclusive one-off limited editions.
Margaret specialises in the cold working of glass. She designs and embellishes a range of plates, bowls and glasses. Primarily inspired by Primitive Art, she has developed the technique of etching through layers of coloured glass to create designs that are both contrasting and tactile. Margaret enjoys working on the functional form, creating ranges of tableware that emphasise the functionality of each piece.
From a very young age Charles has known of glass as an artistic medium, ever since his parents (E+M Glass) opened the studio he grew up in, back in 1987. Even with this familiarity with hot-glass it wasn’t until he went to Sunderland University that he began to experiment and really explore its properties. Originally studying Fine Art it later seemed inevitable that he would transfer to the BA Glass and Ceramics course, from which he graduated from with honours in 2010 and was awarded the Charles Bray award for Glass Excellence
Quint is a professional chainsaw carver who has been carving for over 7 years. Previously he was a furniture maker for ten years and before that a roofing joiner.
He carves at Living Heritage shows and has produced many bespoke carvings for world renowned chefs including Jean Christophe Novelli and Marco Pierre White, and countless other private clients.
Over the last few years Quint has been working on Multi-media Sculptures, combining wood, clay, paper, metal and many “found” objects.