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Student Sculptors

Our Student Sculptors Competition 2019 is now closed to new entries

We are now inviting entries for our third metals4U Student Sculptors Competition.

Are you an enthusiastic sculptor? Or maybe you have always fancied being creative with metal but have never had the opportunity to have a go?
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The grand prize

metals4U are giving aspiring sculptors the opportunity to win a place on Brian Fell’s Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 22nd and 23rd June with travel and 2 nights’ accommodation included.

One winner will get expert advice and guidance over the 2-day course from Brian Fell, Owen Cunningham, and George Fell in the fully equipped metalwork shop set within the inspiring landscape of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The course will give you access to specialist equipment and tools, plus plenty of materials to enable you to create your next showstopper. Your final piece will be put on display at the sculpture park, and you will be presented with your winner’s trophy to celebrate your achievement.

Everything you need to make the weekend a success is provided for you; all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!

Who is Brian Fell?

All Hands © Brian Fell
‘All Hands’ © Brian Fell
Brian Fell has worked creatively with steel for over 35 years which has earned him his place as one of the UK’s top metalworking artists.

Brian favours cold forging techniques that juxtapose the intricacy of his work with the punishing physical effort required for cold working steel; his large public art pieces create stunning focal points in towns and cities throughout the UK depicting themes and symbolism that are relevant and important to the communities in which they are placed. For example, the Morecambe Bay Tern Project has sculptures of birds native to the area at several locations throughout the town which are beautifully worked in both galvanised, and painted, steel. Sheffield Cathedral is home to his awe inspiring tableau of the Nativity which shows the exquisite detailing possible when working with cut and welded steel.

One of our favourites here at metals4U is his ‘All Hands’ sculpture that is situated above the culverted canal in Cardiff that used to transport coal to the nearby docks- this amazing piece stands over 2 metres tall.

The competition winner will be able to see Brian’s HaHa pedestrian footbridge that is located at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The course will also be delivered by Brian’s studio assistant, George Fell and fellow metal sculptor Owen Cunningham. George is a steel sculptor with many years’ experience of creating animal sculptures and decorative gates and railings for both public and private commissions.

Past winners


Last year’s winner was Matthew Mason – he really impressed the judges with his ‘stretched’ steel sculpture. Matthew’s ingenious design convinces the viewer that the steel is under such tension that the buttons will just burst apart at any moment.

Brian Fell awarding last year’s winner, Matt Mason, with his trophy.
Brian Fell awarding last year’s winner, Matt Mason, with his trophy.
‘stretched’ - Matthew Mason
Student Sculptor Competition 2018 winning entry.


Jessica Smith won our first Student Sculptors Competition with her entry titled, ‘Sticks and Tape’.

Before entering the competition, Jessica had never been in a metal work shop, nor had she ever used metal as part of her Fine Art degree, however, she didn’t let that stop her entering the competition, and completing the course with enthusiasm.

Jessica really enjoyed the whole experience and has since gone on to have her work included in several exhibitions – to find out more about Jessica’s sculpture journey, you can read all about it here

Brian Fell, Student Sculptor Competition winner 2017, Jessica Smith, and Owen Cunningham.
Brian Fell, Student Sculptor Competition winner 2017, Jessica Smith, and Owen Cunningham.
Sticks and Tape -  Jessica Smith
Jessica’s winning entry

How to enter

It doesn’t matter if you are a full-time university student or attending evening classes- we want to see what you can do.
Simply upload a photograph of your latest piece, or a plan for a piece you would like to make, and a short paragraph to tell us more about your creative idea.

Entries close at 23.59 hrs on Sunday the 9th June 2019 with the winner to be announced on Friday the 14th June 2019.

The competition is now closed to new entries.

Previous year’s entries

last years entries to the metals4U sculpture competition