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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Michael Alan Snowden (b. 1930)

Sculptor of figures and portraits in bronze. Born in Lincolnshire, he trained as an art teacher in York before studying sculpture under Karel Vogel at Camberwell School of Art, London. He taught there until 1962 and joined the staff of Edinburgh College of Art in 1964. He began exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1966, and held his first solo show in London in 1971. Public commissions include sculpture in Southwark Cathedral and Livingston New Town, West Lothian, a colossal Mother and Child group for Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, a Baptized Christ for Craiglockhart College, Edinburgh (1968), and three bronze busts in the Twelve Poets scheme (2002–04) at Lochside Crescent, Edinburgh: Douglas Dunn, Jackie Kay and Iain Crichton Smith. Snowden was elected ARSA in 1974, and RSA in 1985.

Bibliography: P.J.M. McEwan, The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, 2004; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 398, 399, 400.

Ray McKenzie 2018