Fabrication as a Career: Round Table Discussion

Roundtable Discussion: Fabrication as a Career


Professor Karin Ruggaber (UCL), artist Simeon Barclay and fabricators Rui Pignatelli (Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre) and Nigel Schofield (MDM Props) discuss the professional relationship between sculpture and fabrication. The speakers explored issues regarding the teaching of fabrication in art schools, access to fabrication facilities and how knowledge of fabrication may inform sculptural practice. This was followed by discussion and questions from the audience.


Simeon Barclay

Simeon Barclay (b. 1975, Huddersfield, UK) is an artist whose practice draws upon a rich vein of popular culture to make works that activate complex cultural histories whilst addressing the complexity of memory, inheritance, aspiration and desire. Barclay received his BA from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds in 2010 and an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2014. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including at Southbank Centre, Tate Britain, South London Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle; Workplace Foundation, Gateshead; Holden Gallery, Manchester; The Tetley, Leeds; Cubitt Gallery, London; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Jerwood Space, London; Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Arcadia Missa, New York and W139, Amsterdam. Simeon lives and works in Leeds.
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Rui Pignatelli

Rui Pignatelli graduated with a Licentiate degree in Sculpture from the Fine Arts University of Lisbon. Soon after he started running an artist residency space (IPAI), producing national young artists events and taking part in the production of two editions of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM). He moved to London in 2007 to pursue his studies with an MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. His background in sculpture and passion for making lead him to start what is a now decade long career as an art fabricator, working with artists in all stages of their careers, sometimes solo sometimes surrounded by other brilliant fabricators, always with joy for innovation and experimentation.
Professor of Fine Art

Karin Ruggaber

Karin Ruggaber is Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, and Head of Graduate Sculpture. A practicing artist, she makes sculpture as well as producing artist’s books. Coming out of a studio-based practice, her work uses aspects of figuration and ornamentation. She is interested in the translation of pictorial principles into sculpture, and how imaginary space materialises within sculptural language and public space. Karin Ruggaber has held solo exhibitions at greengrassi, London; Walter Knoll, London; PEER, London; Art Now, Tate Britain; and group exhibitions at La Casa Encendida, Madrid; CCA, Andratx; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; Artists Space, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London and Bloomberg SPACE, London. Her work was included in British Art Show 7 at Nottingham Contemporary and Hayward Gallery, London (2010). She was recently commissioned by Selldorf Architects for a permanent wall relief for 21 E 12 Greenwich Village, New York, US. She was recipient of an Abbey Fellowship Award at the British School, Rome in 2019.

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