Above: a sculpture by Anguilla’s Courtney Devonish
By Dana Niland
It may be a small island, but Anguilla has a thriving arts scene — one that will grow with this year’s launch of the first-ever Anguilla Sculpture Symposium.
The event has announced its selection of three internationally renowned artists whom have been selected to sculpt original works celebrating the island’s heritage and natural beauty.
The artists, Jon Barlow Hudson, Alexandra Harley and Aluth Tebbenhoff, are all members of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and will travel to Anguilla to create their works live before the public over the course of three weeks – November 9 – 27.
Hudson is known for his style of incorporating the architectural context, environmental ambience and thematic requirements of the sculpture project, and his works have been displayed across the US, UK, Europe and Asia.
Harley’s works have also been internationally exhibited, and she has gained reputation for her dynamic sculptures which capture a sense of movement and animation in her wood and stone constructions.
Tebbenhoff’s works, which are included in collections across the UK and Europe, are largely inspired by the natural world and astronomical space, and strive to frame the way objects of beauty and intrigue can emerge from industrial processes.
The Symposium said it was offering a unique opportunity for guests to watch internationally acclaimed artists at work in a thriving art community, participate in cultural exchange, and to learn about the process of the creation of public sculpture.
The three artists will also lead several workshops for students during their time in Anguilla, in an effort to stimulate creativity and innovation in the island’s youth.