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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Chris Brammall (b. 1973)

Artist metalworker and creator of bespoke architectural and sculptural metalwork, born at Far Sawrey, near Hawkshead, Cumbria. Following a blacksmithing course at Hereford College of Art and Design, he established his firm in 1994, originally based in the Lake District National Park at Graythwaite but subsequently at Ulverston. Brammall’s firm was incorporated in 2002 as Chris Brammall Ltd but has operated as CB Arts since 2019. The range of work produced by the company includes signage, gates, bridges, canopies, bandstands, seating, public sculptures and memorials, some to Brammall’s own designs, some in collaboration with other designers. Brammall’s own designs include “Lovely rock scenery, chased with silver waterfalls”  (1998), The Ruskin Museum, Coniston, Cumbria; Fish Bicycle Racks and Knot Bollards (2000), Whitehaven, Cumbria; Still Moves and Well Feature (2000), Fareham, Hampshire; James (Jimmy) Freel Memorial (2011), Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria;  Canal Foot and Canal Head (2018), Ulverston Canal, Cumbria; Blades (2018), Innovation Drive, Infinity Park, Derby, Derbyshire; and Building Speed (2021), Doncaster Railway Station, South Yorkshire. For the sculptor Stephen Broadbent, Brammall’s team executed Hallelujah Lamp (2012), High Street, Newbridge, Caerphilly; Sea Swallow and Mary’s Shell (2013 or before), North Promenade, Cleveleys, Lancashire; and The Keel Line / Propellers of the City (2015), Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. And with the artist and designer Steve Pardue the firm executed seven steel interpretation hubs along the National Forest’s ‘Heart of the Forest Trail’ in north-west Leicestershire, two examples of which may be found at Moira Junction South and Thortit Pit.

Bibliography: ArtUK: Artists – Chris Brammall; CB Arts website; D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. 48–49, 124, 187, 197.

Terry Cavanagh, March 2024