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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Christopher Kelly (b. 1960)

Sculptor and designer, born in Leeds. He graduated from Cardiff Institute of Arts and Technology with a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Throughout his career he has created work for many organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera, Channel 4 and numerous museums. His public commissions include The Chartists, 1990, Newport, Wales; the Percy Bysshe Shelley Commemorative Sculpture, 1991, Powys Sculpture Trail, Rhayader, Wales; Tree of Life, 1992, North York Moors National Park; Jazz Ban, 2000, Tel Aviv, Israel; Baccardi Bat, 2001, Baccardi Visitors Centre, Puerto Rico; Shark, 2002, The Deep, Hull; Willie Horne, 2004, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria; Wheel Number (Field Gun Crew memorial), 2005, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; The Spirit of Barrow, 2005, Barrow-in-Furness; Hugh McIlmoyle, 2005, Carlisle United Stadium, Cumbria; Edward I, 2007, Main Road, Burgh by Sands, Cumbria; Emlyn Hughes, 2008, Barrow-in-Furness; Mother Shipton, 2016, Market Place, Knaresborough, West Yorkshire; and Lakeland Shepherd, 2016, Cockermouth, Cumbria. His portrait busts include Councillor Ron Watkiss, 1992, St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

Sources include: Chris Kelly, email to David A. Cross, 13 May 2016.

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. xv, 124–25, 128–29, 130–31, 137, 154; Christopher Kelly website.

David A. Cross, 2017; updated, Terry Cavanagh, March 2024