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Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver Rosie Musgrave - Stone Carver

Rosie Musgrave carved her first piece of stone in her early 20s. She was apprenticed variously with sculptors and then studied figurative sculpture in clay, wood and stone at Sir John Cass and City & Guilds Art Schools in London.
With her young family she ran a smallholding in Cornwall and on moving to Devon, she trained and practiced in complementary health, before returning to making sculpture 20 years ago.

“I have always had a great love of stone. 
Many of my childhood memories are of being amongst mountains and rocks, collecting stones in my pockets.
I am conscious that I have chosen to work with an ancient material that has helped shape and inform our landscape.  Much of the stone I carve was laid down in the Jurassic age, at least 140 million years ago.
For this reason, I will only break into a stone after taking considerable time making drawings and maquettes, exploring the form the sculpture will take.  At this early stage I am quite precise although later the carving takes on its own momentum.
Blocks of limestone and marble can often lie in wait for years while I consider how I will work into them.
To carve a stone is to unwrap its secrets that have taken millions of years to form: striations of colour, fossils, even pockets of gas, trapped within the substance of time.
It’s a precious and enduring material whose qualities of stillness, sensuality and presence continue to inspire me.”

Rosie’s sculptures are widely exhibited.  Some can be found in the public arena, but most find their place in gardens and domestic spaces.
She is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and has recently moved to Bristol.


SOME RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Coughton Court Gardens  Warwickshire

In the grounds of Buckfast Abbey, Devon

The Garden Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Petworth, Sussex

'On Form 2010' Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Shropshire

Devon Open Studios

St. Wilfrid's Hospice 2009 Open Art Competition Pallant House, Chichester, Sussex

Fresh Air 2009 Quenington, Glos.

2009 Brighton Art Fair

Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon

Millstream 2007/8 Sculpture Garden, Bishopstrow, Wiltshire

Delamore House Cornwood, Devon – Early Summer Exhibition

The Gallery, Dartington Campus with SouthWest Sculptors

The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol – Open Sculpture Exhibition

Quartz Arts Festival Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

Beaford Arts – Art at the Red House, Exeter, Devon

BlindArt Exhibition 2005 Sense and Sensuality at the Royal College of Art, London

Brian Bearne Memorial prize 2002: South West Academy Open Exhibition

RECENT PROJECTS

  1. 2011: Public Commission & installation of sculpture, Leechwell Garden, Totnes, Devon
  2. 2008: installation of 'Tsunami Noni' into the gardens of Coughton Court, Warwickshire
  3. 2007-2008: 'The Three Gunas' triptych: Sharpham House, Ashprington, Devon, a submission for the ACE Award for Art in a Religious Context.
  4. 2006-2007: 'Tsunami Noni' on Tour: Cartmel Priory, Hexham Abbey, Exeter, Leicester Lincoln and Canterbury Cathedrals.
  5. 2006: 'Emergence': Dartington Estate, Devon, as part of 'Arts in Process', Dartington College of Art

Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

AWARDS

One of 20 Devon artists selected to promote Visual Arts and Rural Businesses in the region 2007

Devon Artsculture Funding 2007:

South West Academy Summer Open Exhibition Briane Bearne Memorial prize 2002

BIBLIOGRAPHY

'Floating this Boat of Stone': a colloquy on the making of Tsunami Noni, edited by
Philip Kuhn, Itinerant Press 2008

BBC Radio Devon: 'The Review' with Jo Loosemore;
'A conversation between two sculptors' 2008

Articles in the Devon Press; BBC news, BBC Radio Devon; Church Times


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