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John Atkin John Atkin MA RCA FRBS
  John Atkin lives and works in SW London.


1985-1986. Stanley Picker Fellowship in Sculpture: Kingston University
1982-1985. Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship (3 Years): Royal College of Art: London
(Henry Moore invited Atkin to his studios in Much Hadham Hertfordshire in Spring 1982 and on the basis of this meeting Moore paid for Atkin to attend the RCA for 3 years)
1978-1981. BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting: Leicester Polytechnic: 1st Class Honours Degree
1977-1978. Foundation Studies: Middlesborough College of Art & Design. Cleveland.


Atkin’s large-scale artworks are often commissioned as part of public realm regeneration projects because the imagery he uses has a historical and cultural relevance to specific locations, creating a sense of place, and redefining Towns and Cites as cultural destinations.

Atkin frequently collaborates with Landscape Architects and Highway engineers on urban design projects in order to embed an artwork into the multidisciplinary language of new civic spaces, stimulating commercial growth and civic well being, through the use of art within the built environment.

He has an international track record of delivering cutting edge artworks worldwide and has worked on innovative urban regeneration schemes as Lead Artist, as well as signature gateway designs for projects that require distinctive interpretations of themes linked to high-quality designed locations that are global destinations for tourists and visitors.

Atkin has a deep understanding of Chinese culture and has worked extensively in China since 2008, when his seminal sculpture, Strange Meeting was commissioned as part of the Beijing Olympiad. This sculpture received high profile publicity from the BBC and British Council.

His work is also exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Atkin is also the recipient of numerous awards and prizes from the public and private sector, detailed below.

Atkin was up until recently Programme Director-Fine Art: Loughborough University, UK


  The role of Public Art in Urban Regeneration
  The function of interdisciplinary practice within the built environment

Drawing into sculpture
Collage, papier-colle and digital technology
Drawing: the hand wrought image and the found object
Chair. Contemporary Art & Theory, (CAT), LUSAD
Research Group Membership
Triptych. Kingston University, Loughborough University and Dublin
Institute of Technology
DRG. Drawing, Loughborough University
Animation Academy, Loughborough University

1998-02 Program Leader, Fine Art Sculpture, LUSAD



Selected commission examples

Notaroundabout: Breaking Boundaries: Lead Artist: KCC
Searchlight Beacons: Site specific landmark sculpture and way-finding seating designs for the new terminal building: London Southend Airport: Thames Gateway Strategic Link:
Hard Bop: Site specific landmark sculpture for a new plaza development in San Francisco: Regeneration of Fillmore Plaza: San Francisco: USA
ARCS: Overseas invited artist: develop and fabricate a new large-scale sculpture for the World Sculpture Conference & Symposium: Changchun: China: participate in conference and bilingual publication, “Sculpturing Brilliance”

Please use the hyperlinks to navigate to pictures of the artworks and additional information

Atkin, J (2013) Searchlight Beacons, 2013, London Southend Airport: Stobart Group. Full text:

Atkin, J (2011) ARC's (Large scale stainless steel sculpture). In China, T1CCHTDZISSCMGPR (ed), The 12th China Changchun High-tech Development Zone.

Atkin, J (2011) Sculpturing Brilliance: Essay collection of the Third Changchun International sculpture Conference. In Planning, CS and Office, M (ed) The 3rd China Changchun International Sculpture Conference, Public Art & Public Space: (Breaking Boundaries, Ashford, Kent), Jilin College of the Arts, pp.310-242, ISBN: 978-7-5445-0632-8. Full text:

Atkin, J, Whitelaw, T, Jacobs, Ashford Borough Council, Champions Group Kent, All Steel Fabrications, N, CABE, RKLPAC (2010) Notaroundabout, 2010, Full text:

Atkin, J (2010) The Road Not Taken, Ordos City, China, 2010. Full text:

Atkin, J, Hard Bop. San Francisco Mayors Office, Sculpturesite, San Francisco, (2008) Hard Bop, Fillmore Plaza San Francisco 2008, 2008. Full text:


Print Publications (Selected)

Made in England: Jinji Lake Art Museum: Suzhou: China
The Navigator, ISBN 0-906688-40-X
Sculpturing Brilliance: Public Art and Public Space: ISBN.
Placemaking: RUDI & The Academy of Urbanism: ISBN: 1-896650 474
Scorched Earth, ISBN 1-900856-41-7
John Atkin: The Big Idea: Albemarle Gallery: 2008: ISBN: 978-0-9559349-0-2
Blue Symphony: China NanDaiHe International Sculpture exhibition
Distant Voices, ISBN 1-900856-30-1
Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors: Touring exhibition
Masters in Landscape & Public Sculpture
Cut, The Made and the Unmade, ISBN 0-9704605-0-3
Cut, ISBN 1 901560 65 1
Thinking Big: Concepts for 21st Century British Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum,
Venice Italy. Cass Sculpture Foundation: Tim Marlowe. ISBN 0-9537794-3-2

Sculpture Solutions in Urban Design. ISBN 1.900856.719

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2015

The Silk Road: Water-Jet cut Model: (Excellent Award) International Sculpture Exhibition, Museum of City Planning, Fuzhou, China
The Silk Road: 4-meter tall stainless steel sculpture: 1st National Youth Games, Fuzhou, China


The Silk Road: (Excellent Award) International Sculpture Exhibition, Fuzhou, China
Youth + (Young Artists Project): Elected Member f Nominations Committee. MOCA, Beijing, China

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2014

Wheels of Time: Unlocking Stourport’s History: Architectural gateway feature: public art/urban design: exploring the heritage and culture of Stourport UK and utilizing imagery gleaned from the regions historic Canal Basins and other industrial industries to make a monumental gateway feature that celebrates the industrial heritage of Stourport’s past.
Access to Justice: Landmark artwork that explores the notion of Citizenship, inspired by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to make a large scale community interactive sculpture to be located in the McMurty Gardens of Justice, Toronto: Invited international artist: Canada: (Design Phase)
Public Art Planning: the redesign of public spaces to include a range of art interventions in Suzhou, China Committee of Experts: including Laurent Le Bon (Pompidou Centre Paris): Didier Schulman (Pompidou Centre Paris): Jay A Levenson (MOMA NYC) Suzhou Centre: Suzhou:    China
Twister*2. Aluminium. Large-scale sculpture for touring group exhibition: UK Rep for Sino-EU touring exhibition that connects the historic terracotta warriors in Xian to the studio based practice of 27-EU artists and 3 Chinese sculptors. Museu Nacional Scienca –Politecnica Lisboa Portugal
67 67 Drawbridge: 8 works on paper: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts: Singapore
Made in England: Solo exhibition of Atkin’s large scale Glycée works on paper and sculptures: alongside 22 graduates work from the School of the Arts: Jinji Lake Art Museum: Suzhou: China

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2013

Searchlight Beacons: A large-scale landmark stainless steel sculpture, and way-finding granite pod seating, derived from studies of WW2 searchlights and tail fin designs of aircraft associated with Southend’s role as a night fighter station in both World Wars: London Southend Airport strategic link. Delivery phase    
Powerhouse. Bull Inn Court.  Wall based bronze sculpture derived from the industrial heritage (cogs, levers & pulleys) of the Charring Cross Electricity Generator Company in Covent Garden:  Westminster City Council: London
Wheels of Time: Scoping designs for an artwork that commemorates the silk trade industries of Wuxi, China: with the objective of making a series of large-scale artworks that are located in and around the old factory buildings associated with this textiles industry. Collaboration with QuArt China and VANKE inc (Developers) Phase 1:    Wuxi: China
Warriors. Invited international artist to participate in outdoor group exhibition  exploring notions of warfare in contemporary sculpture practice: Kouros Gallery. Ridgefield. CT. USA
China Suzhou Cultural & Creative Design Industry Fair: Qu Art (China). Invited   international artist to participate in Art & Design fair that explores links between Design practice and Fine Art practice: Exhibition output, the Gyroid Head: China
Qu Art. Major Award. Best exhibition presentation. Suzhou Cultural & Creative Design Industry Fair: China
Creative Cities. Invited artist. One large-scale work on canvas as part of a London 2012 Olympic cultural event at the Barbican Arts Centre, London: Two-city exhibition. London/Beijing. Beijing Art Museum: China


Nanjing Youth Olympic Game Sculpture Planning Committee: By invitation only: Panel member: Nanjing. China

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2012

Thames Gateway: London Southend Airport strategic link (design phase)
The Tumblers. Invited overseas artist: To design an artwork for the Sci-Art International Sculpture Park: MTLE. Wuxi. China.
Heads Up. Invited international artist: Survey exhibition of sculptor’s work that explores ways of presenting the human head. Sculpturesite/A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, California, USA
The Art of Sport. Invited artist. Exhibition outcome: small-scale granite sculpture: Guildford Cathedral. Surrey. London
Precious Light-City of God. Invited artist: collage artwork that utilizes digital collage and hand wrought techniques of drawing: (With Dave Mach): Galway Arts Centre: Ireland: Precious Light- City of God. Edinburgh City Art Gallery. Revolution Editions. ISBN. 97809-542-436-23. 80 pages colour. Pages 25-26
Creative Cities. Invited artist. One large-scale work on canvas as part of a London 2012 Olympic cultural event at the Barbican Arts Centre, London: Two-city exhibition. London/Beijing. Beijing Art Museum: China Two-city exhibition. London Beijing, The Barbican Arts Centre
Shaanxi Provincial Art Museum. UK Rep: Touring exhibition: Dialogue with Emperor Qin's Warriors. China
Heilongjiang Art Museum. UK Rep: Touring exhibition: Dialogue with Emperor Qin's Warriors. China


2012-2013: Bridging the Gaps. EPSRC funding award for Interdisciplinary practice across several Departments at Loughborough University

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2011

The Road Not Taken. Large scale, 550 x 600 x 600 cm granite sculpture derived from navigational instruments, such as sextants and mariners astrolabes: Invited artist:     Ordos City. Ordos City International Sculpture Park. China
Arcs. Large scale stainless steel multi-part installation sculpture: Invited artist: 12th Changchun International Symposium: Speaker & Publication: Changchun: China
Precious Light-City of God. (With Dave Mach) Edinburgh City Art Gallery
Blue Symphony. Invited international artist and participant: exhibition & conference Organised by China Sculpture Journal.             NanDaiHe. Beijing. China
The 3rd China Changchun World Sculpture Symposium exhibition. China
Qu Art. Belgium. UK Representative. Inspiring Culture
                Dialogue with the Emperor Qin’s Warriors. Touring exhibition 2011 to 2013

  • Shaanxi Provincial Art Museum
  • Shandong Province Art Museum
  • Urumuqi Art Museum
  • Fujian Art Museum
  • Ningbo Art Museum
  • Heilongjiang Art Museum
  • Changshu Art Museum 


Technologies of Drawing: Symposium & conference: Invited artist: 12 artists selected to participate in weeklong event focusing on digital methodologies of producing drawings. Sculpture Network Berlin. University of Huddersfield
The 16th China Sculpture Forum: DIAOSU- National Sculpture Magazine of China: Sculpture & Communication: The Public in Art conference paper, explores ways that public art shapes public spaces and its impact on the use of civic space
Honorary Fellowship, National Academy of Sculpture, Beijing, China
The 3rd China Changchun World Sculpture Conference China: Lecture and essay selected for dual-language publication, Sculpturing Brilliance. Sculpturing Brilliance. “Public Art & Public Space”. 210-242 (English/Chinese). 375 pages. Publisher, Changchun Publishing House. ISBN. 978-7-5445-0632-8. Launched: Third, World Sculpture Conference, Changchun: September 2011

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2010

Mariners Astrolabe. Ordos City. Ordos City Sculpture Park. China
Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Delivery of seating and bench designs Exhibitions

Breaking Boundaries. Lead Artist. Kent County Council: invited artist to collaborate with industry partners on the highway and civic space £15.6M regeneration of   Ashford, Kent. UK
Ringing the Changes. Winner. Town Regeneration. The RTPI Planning Awards: Ashford Ring Road project, Kent County Council
The Clothier. Site specific large scale Public Art commission inspired the boot & shoemaking histories of Leicester: Friends of the New Walk: Leicester, UK
Pendulum Relief’s. Invited international artist: one small small-scale wall based artwork: Los Angeles Art Fair, Sculpturesite Gallery San Francisco
Iron Rations. One mixed media drawing exhibited as part of an international group exhibition of selected works on paper: Abstracts from the Collection: Mildura Arts Centre, Vic. Australia


Blue Symphony. NanDaiHe International Sculpture Conference China: sponsored by Sculpture Journal China: Blue Symphony. 258 pages colour. John Atkin-Landing Gear pages 242-245. CPC Funding County Party Committee & County Government. NanDaiHe Tourism Development Co Ltd. NanDaiHe Sculpture Park. China
Intrigue, uncertainty and humour: Why work in an Integrated Design Team? Breaking Boundaries Seminar. Invited speakers, Jeremy Hunt Art & Architecture Journal: Lindsey Whitelaw Whitelaw Turkington Landscape Architects:  John Atkin School of the Arts, Loughborough University

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2009

Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Notaroundabout roundabout feature. Corten & stainless steel, Breccia paving. Plaza and highway system. McMurty Gardens of Justice. Toronto Canada. In progress


The Academy of Urbanism. Elected member
Trustee and Committee Member. Royal Society of British Sculptors. London
Marshalls Award for Public Realm. Breaking Boundaries, Ashford. UK.
Landscape Institute Awards:  awarded “Local landscape Planning Award” highly commended.
Sustain Magazine Awards:  awarded winner in the “Best Public Realm” category.
The IHT Awards 2009:  Highly commended in the Urban Design category.   
The Rouse Kent Public Art Award:  Highly commended for ‘Breaking Boundaries’
The Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2009: Highly Commended in category “Award for the Best Designed Regeneration Development” and Winner in category       “Local Authority Regeneration Team of the Year”. 
The RTPI Planning Awards 2009:  Submitted in the category “Town Regeneration”. Short-listed for both in National and Regional Awards
The ICE 2009 Engineering Awards (the Brassey Award - Winner in Innovation Category
The British Construction Industry Awards 2009:  Short-listed for Prime Minister’s Better Building Award.
The LGN Street Design Awards 2009:  Winner in Street Design
Ashford Borough Council Building Design Awards  2009 – Short listed in Public Realm Category
Worshipful Company of Paviours: Winner, Elwick Square


Understanding the Post Industrial City: Metropolis, Urban Renewal and Public Space, a joint research exchange programme on post-industrial urbanism between the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Technical University Lisbon, Portugal


2009-2011. Committee Member: Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK


Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2008

Fillmore Center Plaza public art commission. Collaboration with Sculpturesite Gallery: Axis Architects: Laramar Group. Fillmore Neighbourhood, San Francisco, USA
Strange Meeting. Marble & granite, 27 tons. Olympic Park, Beijing. China.
Phoenix Parkway. Site-specific gateway feature for historic site, Corby. Collaboration with Wilson Bowden Developers: CORUS: SGP Architects and Masterplanners

Hard Bop. Stainless steel and granite. 17 x 7 x 4 feet. Commissioned by
Sculpturesite Gallery on behalf of LARAMAR, Fillmore Plaza, San Francisco.
Strange Meeting. Marble and Granite. 3 x 3 x 3 meters: Commissioned by Beijing Municipal Council for Olympic Park:  Beijing.
Public Art for Beijing Olympics - City Sculpture Proposals. Sculpture
Competition and exhibition. Beijing China. ISBN 7-5074-1794-8. The Organizing Committee of 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest.
Pluto. Corten and stainless steel. Two-part sculpture, commissioned by Wilson Bowden for the historic Phoenix Parkway site: CORUS, steel works: Corby
Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Member; Champions Group.
Shared-space Highway scheme. Collaboration, Jacobs (Highway Engineers) and Whitelaw Turkington, (Landscape Architects), Ashford.


Honor Certificate. Strange Meeting. Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, China
Outstanding Award. Strange Meeting. Chinese Sculpture Institute. China
Sculpturesite Award. (San Francisco). Public art and the public realm


The Big Idea. Solo exhibition. Maquettes and models for full-scale public artworks. Albermarle Gallery, London.
Hard Bop. Film preview: Lush Life Gallery: San Francisco. San Francisco.

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2007

The Clicker. Bronze. Commissioned by The Friends of the New Walk through open competition. Research into the British Shoe Industry, focussing primarily on Leicester. Heritage and global identity of Leicester as the hub of the shoe making tradition. Collaboration with Munro & Whitten, Landscape Architects
Public Art for Beijing Olympics - City Sculpture Proposals. Sculpture competition and exhibition. Beijing China. ISBN 7-5074-1794-8. (P 89 The Competitor & p 134 Strange Meeting) International competition hosted by The Organizing Committee of 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest. 2600 sculptors from 86 countries participated in the first round selection.
By Hook or by Crook. Public Art Commission. International, industry. Bronze, concrete, oak and steel. Research project into the heritage and socio-economic impact of Pierce Engineering, Wexford, Ireland Commissioned by Tesco Ireland for the site. Collaboration with Murray & Associates, Landscape Architects, Johnstown Museum (Austen O’ Sullivan, Curator), and Joe Doyle Architects.
Plumb Bob. Public Art Commission. Industrial & professional. Collaboration with Goyne Adams Architects and PRC Architects: Land Registry Building, Bedford Park, Croydon. Landmark sculpture for new building designed by PRC Architects within urban development scheme
Lead Artist-Kent County Council. Member Champions Group. Local government project funded through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Blueprint for sharedspace Highway scheme. Collaboration, Jacobs and Whitelaw Turkington, (Landscape Architects), Ashford ring road project.
Elected Fellow (Peer assessment), RBS, London


Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest Exhibition. Venue: Beijing Urban
Planning Exhibition Centre. May 10 – September 10, 2006 Group exhibition
The Imagined and the Real. Group exhibition. Invited artist. Curated by Sonja Kielty,
Museums Officer (Exhibitions), Cartwright Hall. Lister Hall. Bradford. 6/4/07 to 16/9/07
Sculpture by the Sea 2007. 2nd to 19th November. Selected artist. Group exhibition, one large-scale corten & stainless steel sculpture, “Cut & Run”. Bondi, NSW. Australia


2007 Landscape Institute Award. Breaking Boundaries, Ashford. Collaboration: Whitelaw Turkington (Landscape Architects)
Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest for 2008. Outstanding Award. First Prize. The Organizing Committee of 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest
Rootstein Hopkins Sabbatical Leave Award (Drawing) October 2007 to June 2008
Kingston Design Review Panel. Member. Professional body of Architects and Landsape Architects convened to review building design applications in Royal Borough, Kingston On Thames, K+20 Urban Regeneration scheme

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2006

Pound Mill. Site-specific public commission; redevelopment of historical site at the “Meeting of the “Two Rivers” urban regeneration project, Staines Spellthorne Borough Council. Local Government
Morton Palms. 2nd Phase development for Business Park in Darlington. Organised by Commissions North, Newcastle upon Tyne. Collaboration with Red Box Design, Architects and funded by City & Northern (Developers).
Breaking Boundaries. Lead Artist appointed by Kent County Council to collaborate with Whitelaw Turkington Architects on urban regeneration project in Ashford Kent. Works will include developing site sensitive sculpture, paving, seating, features and other works within the proposed new Elwick Road/West Street district, Ashford. Completion, July 2008


Landing Gear. Drawings and Sculptures. The Salon Gallery. RBS. London. July 5th to September 5th 2006. Organized and curated by Anne Rawcliffe King, Society Director, RBS.
Cass Sculpture Foundation; The London Information Centre & Gallery. Two metal sculptures exhibited as part of a permanent display. Concept for a maquette gallery came from the experience of commissioning large-scale pieces for display at the sculpture estate in Goodwood in West Sussex. The maquette offers an opportunity to assess a proposal in small scale and to fine-tune the work prior to fabricating and installing the large-scale piece. In this sense the Centre functions as a creative laboratory or ‘concept gallery’ where the ideational process of creating sculpture is revealed

Awards Conferences & Symposiums

Study Leave Award for February 2006 (One Semester). Research into garment pattern templates and urban regeneration projects; developing drawings and sculptures in relation to these research topics. LUSAD, Loughborough University
Landing Gear. Open competition organized by the RBS, London, for a site-specific large-scale sculpture for their forecourt exhibition space, South Kensington, London.
Getting Your Costings Right. Keynote Speaker (with Jill Hutchens, Curwen Gallery, London). RBS, London. November 15th 2006

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2005

NZ323135. 5 meter tall cor ten & stainless steel. Commissioned by City & Northern (Developers) in collaboration with Red Box Design (Architects), and Wardell Armstrong, (Landscape Architects): Newcastle upon Tyne in collaboration with Arts Council, Commissions North. Morton Palms Business Park Development, Darlington, Co, Durham. Unveiled by Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn MP
Bowes Moor. 3-meter tall, wall-based sculpture. Commissioned by Systems Engineering Innovation Centre, Holywell Park UK. Celebration of collaboration with B.A.E. and unveiled by Mr. Ron Dennis, C.O.E McLaren/Mercedes


The Great Artistic Metropolis.
( Exhibitor and delegate. 11/10/2005. Oxford House, Bethnal Green Landor conference hosted by Art & Architecture Journal. Chairs. Chris Smith, The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury and Michael Da Costa, Architects of Communication. Speakers: Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Metal Space & South Bank CentreJonathan Davis, Director of Learning & Tom Macartney, Chief Executive, Sunderland Arc. Nick Ewbank, Director, The Creative Foundation, Folkestone. Jochen Gerz, Artist. Francesca Ferguson, Curator and Journalist, Urban Drift Productions Ltd. Jemima Montagu, Visual Arts Officer (Public Realm), Arts Council England, London
Sculpture & Design: Symposium. Faculty of Arts & Architecture, University of Brighton: Plenary panel member and exhibitor. Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation. Held at the University of Brighton, the event sought to bring together academics, curators and practitioners to explore some of the connections between sculpture and design, addressing aspects of education, authorship, making and manufacture, display, consumption and critical reception. Organised by Gill Whitely and Catherine Moriarty.
Sculpture & the Urban Environment, Urbanization & its Consequences, 30 min paper presentation, East West Center, Hawaii. Accepted
Life in the Urban Landscape. Life in the Urban Landscape, Full Paper Presentation, “ The Role of Sculpture at the Heart of a Community”, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Gothenburg, Sweden. Accepted.


The Affordable Art Fair. Exhibition of selected artworks by Nigel Messenger, Director,
SOHO Galleries, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia
Vernissage. Inaugural exhibition of selected artworks for group show at Sculpturesite
Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA. In collaboration with NOMA, New Orleans.


2005 – present. Academy of Urbanism: Elected member

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2004

Dal Fabrro’s Chariot. 28 feet tall cor ten & stainless steel sculpture for Beetham Towers, Liverpool. Sculpture selected as Tate Liverpool’s audit of Public Sculpture, City of Culture 2008. Commissioned by Beetham Organisation and collaboration with Carillion PLC, Aedus Architects Ltd and PlanArt Ltd. Beetham Tower, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, UK. Art & Architecture Journal.


From Another Dimension-Works on Paper by Sculptors. Major survey exhibition of
sculptor’s drawings. Internationally selected artist. One sculpture and one drawing. Coexhibitor alongside Claes Oldenburg, Henry Moore, Jasper Johns, Louise Beaugois etc. NOMA, New Orleans, USA. April 22nd – September 19th. Drawing, “Dal Fabrro’s Chariot”, 76.2 x 47 cm. Mixed media on ceramic grog on paper, acquired for Department of Prints & Drawings, NOMA, Permanent Collection.
American & International Permanent Collection exhibition. NOMA, New Orleans.
One wall based pendulum relief sculpture, Bowes Moor. Co exhibitors include Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, and Louise Nevelson. 28th October- 14th November.
Sentinel. 3.5-meter tall sculpture. Cor ten & stainless steel. Selection via international jury panel for Sculpture by the Sea. Invited Artist. International Sculpture Exhibition, Bondi coastline, Sydney, Australia. Sponsored by Kodak, Sydney Water, Waverley Council, SXS. November 3rd to November 20th. Sculptures Exhibited 112 Artists submissions received 601 Visitors 400,000 - 450,000 Exhibition Judges Bronwen Colman, Director, Urban Art Program, Melbourne Docklands and Bert Flugelman, Sculptor. Invited Artists Professor Sui Jian Guo (China), Frank Raendchen (Germany), Braddon Snape & Phil Price (New Zealand)Co-Principal Sponsors Sydney Water and Kodak Significant Partners Transfield, Allens Arthur Robinson, Pilsner Urquell, The Sydney Morning Herald, Icebergs, Rothschild, Waverley Council Sculpt the Future $11236.50 was donated from sales made during the exhibition and from Sculpture by
the Sea Inc. Public Sector Funding NSW Ministry for the Arts, Waverley Council, Australia Council of the Arts

Sculpture Inside, SXS Models & Maquette’s. Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Group exhibition including Jerome Symons, Mitsunori Koike, Miguel Angel Gualtieri. October 28th to November 14th.
The Klansman. 4-meter tall steel and glass sculpture. Commissioned by EMAAR for the Burgh Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E. Financial assistance from Carillion PLC

Awards Conferences & Symposiums

Sculpture within the Urban Environment. Conference. Keynote speaker “The First Ten Years” collaboration with Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK, at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Australia.
SXS, Sydney. Invited Artist. Airfare donated by Qantas
England representative. Stone & Steel Sculpture symposium. Dubai. Sponsored by EMAAR, Air Emirates and Systems Engineering, Dubai
From Another Dimension-Works on Paper, in conversation with Dan Piersol, Doris Zemmuray Stone Curator, Prints and drawings. Lecture to docents and Friends of NOMA. NOMA, New Orleans, USA
Master Class in Drawing for Sculpture. Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School. October 30th to November 1st

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2003

The Signaler. 24 feet tall cor ten & stainless steel. Commissioned by Highland Metrobrook PLC. Collaboration with REID International (Architects): John Rowan & Partners: The Rushes, Loughborough, UK.
The Navigator. 18 feet tall cor ten & stainless steel sculpture. Commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council, The River Action Group, Commissions East, and Arts Council for Orwell Riverside Development, Ipswich, UK. Local Government and Ecology interest groups


John Atkin, Sculpture & Drawings. Solo exhibition of drawings and sculptures relating to the Orwell Riverside Project. Publication launch, “The Navigator”, ISBN 0- 906688-40-X. April 12th to May 25th.
1st Guilin International Sculpture Exhibition, Guilin. China. Competition selection, juried panel, and sculpture retained for permanent outdoor sculpture collection. 2003 John Atkin and Mark Arctander. Two-person exhibition curated by Crown Center Gallery, Chicago, Ill. USA. March 17th to April 25th.


2003 – present. Fellowship Award: Royal British Society of Sculptors

Public Art & Urban Regeneration 2002

Railway Rumble. A series of internal wall based plaster frieze commissions, commissioned by Conran & Partners. Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street, London


Thinking Big: Concepts for 21st Century British Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum, Venice, Italy. Organised by Cass Sculpture Foundation, Curated by Tim Marlowe. Thinking Big ISBN 0-9537794-3-2. September 6th 2002 to January 15th 2003. Thinking Big - Concepts for Twenty First Century British Sculpture. Introduction by Thomas Krens, Director, Soloman R Guggenheim Foundation. Essay, 'Thinking Big' by Tim Marlowe, Broadcaster and Creative Director for Sculpture at Goodwood. ISBN 09537794-3-2
Concepts for New Sculpture. Group exhibition. Curated by Cass Sculpture Foundation. Co-exhibitors include, Tony Cragg, Phillip King, Zadok Ben David, Elizabeth Frink. Sculpture at Goodwood, Goodwood. June 2nd to August 18th.
Reivers - Sculptures & Drawings. Solo exhibition, Kouros Gallery, New York, USA.
July 10th to August 12th
Scorched Earth - Drawings and Sculptures, Solo exhibition. Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia. November 29th 2001 to January 13th 2002 Supported by Grants to Artists, British Council. ISBN 1-900856-41-7

Awards Conferences & Symposiums

AHRB. The Machinery of War Industrial Detritus and the Human Condition, Small Grants in the Performing Arts. Ref B/SG/AN5669/APN14701,
Cass Sculpture Foundation Award. Cast into bronze two new pieces of sculpture for Concepts for New Sculpture Exhibition



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