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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Castle Fine Arts Foundry

Chris Butler established the foundry in 1990 in a small shed in the grounds of Chirk Castle, Wrexham, hence the foundry’s name. The following year, he moved to larger premises at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Oswestry, Powys; and in 2004 opened a workshop in Stroud and subsequently another in Liverpool. In 2008, the foundry won the British Small Business Champion award from the Federation of Small Businesses in recognition of the way it had developed its business. Public sculptures include Jemma Pearson’s Sir Edward Elgar, 2005, Hereford Cathedral Close; Ian Rank-Broadley’s two figure groups, 2007, for the Armed Forces Memorial, and Denise Dutton’s Land Girls, 2014, all three for the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffs; Mark Richards’ Captain Matthews Flinders, 2014, Euston Station; Andrew Edwards’s The Beatles, 2015, Pier Head, Liverpool, 2015; Sam Holland and Lynne O’Dowd’s Geoffrey Chaucer, 2016, Canterbury; and Emma Rodgers’s Elaine Morgan, 2022, Mountain Ash, Wales.

Bibliography: Castle Fine Arts Foundry website; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 1, 64, 65, 237, 238, 364; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland, Liverpool, 2000, pp. 50, 51, 359; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Liverpool, Liverpool, 1997, pp. 157, 159, 312; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of South London, Liverpool, 2007, pp. 248, 249, 426–27; D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. 124, 128, 130, 151, 154, 190; E. Morris and E. Roberts, Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside, Liverpool, 2012, pp. 112, 170, 178, 220–21, 224, 240, 244–45, 249; G.T. Noszlopy and F. Waterhouse, Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, Liverpool, 2010, pp. 95, 106; T. Wyke, Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester, Liverpool, 2004, p. 142.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022