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Hilary Cartmel (b. 1958)

Sculptor born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. She studied at Exeter College of Art (1976–77) under Roger Dean and Trent Polytechnic (1977–80) under John Clinch. She has lived for many years on the North Nottinghamshire / South Yorkshire border where she shares a studio with her husband and occasional collaborator, the sculptor, Michael Johnson (b. 1954). Cartmel’s work has been frequently commissioned for public sites, characteristically involving consultation with, and sometimes the direct involvement of, the public. Her work is figurative and she works in a variety of media, including stainless steel, bronze, glass and mosaic. Her first solo exhibition was at the Air Gallery, London, 1982, and she has had residencies at sculpture parks, schools, and the former Carlton Hayes Hospital, Leicestershire. Cartmel’s public sculptures include Lambis Shell, Wesley Green School, Oxfordshire (1983); The Tradescant Family Memorial, Lambeth, south London (1988); Portrait of Rotherham, Rotherham, South Yorks. (1996); The Chorus Line, Nottingham (1999); Henry Pease (with Michael Johnson), Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorks. (2001); Blooms, Swinton, South Yorks. (2007); Healing Energy, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham (2008); Echo, Rugby, Warks. (2009); Reflection in Flight, Papplewick Green housing estate, Hucknall, Notts. (2018); and the Florence Paton commemorative sculpture, Carlton, Gedling, Notts. (2019). Examples of her work in public collections include Sprawling Red Woman, Arts Council Collection (1984); and An Idea Erupted in the Mind of the Artist as if from Nowhere (2012) and Woman with Birds, both Danum Gallery, Library and Museum, Doncaster.

Bibliography: Hilary Cartmel website; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland, Liverpool, 2000, pp. 12, 334; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of South London, Liverpool, 2007, pp. 110–11; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 2, pp. 469–70; D. White and E. Norman, Public Sculpture of Sheffield and South Yorkshire, Liverpool, 2015, pp. 73–74, 262, 283; T. Wyke, Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester, Liverpool, 2004, pp. 216–17.

Terry Cavanagh December 2023