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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Richard Austin

Sculptor based in Wadebridge, Cornwall, from which he runs public workshops for a few months of each year. His hyper-real life-size Invisible Sleeper was commissioned by St Petroc’s Society, Cornwall, to highlight homelessness in the county and was temporarily installed for a special service in Truro cathedral on 9 July 2011 to mark the Society’s 25th anniversary. The popular success of Austin’s statue of John Clare (2016) for Northampton Borough Council led to their commissioning from him five more cold cast bronze statues for the Guildhall in 2017: Malcolm ArnoldFrancis CrickEdgar MobbsWalter Tull, and Lady Wantage. His Town-Crier (2013) is in Liskeard Museum, Cornwall, and his Miner at the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton, Devon.

Bibliography: Richard Austin’s Sculpture Workshop; Cornwall Artists; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 87–88; ‘Statues inspired by local history commissioned for Northampton’, 3 July 2017, Northampton Borough Council.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022