A Kindertransport Memorial for Harwich
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been commissioned to create a a memorial statue to the Kindertransport and the crucial role played by Harwich and Dovercourt. It will be a life size bronze of five children arriving in Harwich just before the outbreak of the second world war.
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‘Disturbing, engaging and inspiring’ – the Children of Calais in the Guardian!
May 2019 is Save the Children’s centenary and I’m thrilled to have been commissioned to create a bronze bust to mark the occasion. It will be unveiled on 20 May at the Royal Albert Hall where, in 1919, Eglantyne and her sister Dorothy launched Save the Children.
During the first week of the festival (6-12 June) I’ll be showing the maquette of the Children of Calais in LINE, COLOUR, FORM, curated by Iris Weaver at the Aldeburgh Gallery
In May I have new work in Miniscule Venice
Curated by Vanya Balogh, Miniscule Venice includes 100 international artists who’ve taken up the invitation to create and exhibit a diminutive art object of any genre or media, but with a simple proviso: maximum size of the work is that of a common matchbox.
Fondamenta Sant’Anna 996 Castello 30122, Venezia – 11 May to 21 July
At the beginning of April I participated in Genesis at ArtNumber23 in Bermondsey – a live art event in which 13 artists (I was the only sculptor!) each created an artwork in an hour, in front of an audience.
5 October at 18h00 to 7 October at 20h00. Q Park, Cavendish Square, London, W1
Passion for Freedom 2018
The Children of Calais has been shortlisted for Passion for Freedom 2018
1-13 October 2018 at La Galleria Pall Mall, and The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London
The Children of Calais
A new public sculpture by Ian Wolter
Unveiling & Reception: Friday 8 June, 12 noon
Dorset House Garden, off Church Street, Saffron Waldon CB10 1JW
The Children of Calais is a life-sized sculpture of six children in poses echoing The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin. The piece is designed to provoke debate about the inhumanity of our response to the children caught up in the ongoing refugee crisis.
The sculpture will be unveiled by Lord Dubs, Labour peer and former child refugee, who is outspoken in his criticism of the current Government’s decision to renege on its previous commitment to take in 3,000 unaccompanied children.
Rodin’s original memorialises a moment during the Hundred Years’ War when Calais was under siege by England for over a year and King Edward offered to spare the people of the city on condition that six of its burghers would surrender themselves.
Ian Wolter’s sculpture evokes a parallel narrative: the sacrifice being demanded of child migrants for our ‘greater good’. Dressed in contemporary clothing, one of the figures holds a lifejacket in place of the city key held in Rodin’s original.
26 March 2018
FLUX Exhibition 2018
My new film: The Knowledge has been selected to be shown at FLUX Exhibition at The Chelsea College of Art 11th – 15th April 2018
8 January 2018
Artrooms Roma 2018
The Knowledge has been selected to be shown at Artrooms Roma at The at The Church Palace, Via Aurelia, 00165 Roma RM. 2nd – 4th March 2018
25 November 2017
I was delighted to be awarded the RomArt Sculpture Prize 2017 for The Ectoplasm of Self Delusion
31 October 2017
ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH
My stop motion animation: Squeeze will be shown as part of ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH at
Jorge Jurado Gallery, Bogotà, November 01-30, 2017
28 September 2017
21st National Open Art Exhibition
One of my works has been selected to be shown at Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf Southbank London | 17 – 26 November 2017
1 May 2017
Krystyna Skarbek Memorial – Ognisko Polskie, London
My new portrait of Krystyna Skarbek, Britain’s first female special agent of WW2, will be unveiled at Ognisko Polskie, the Polish Hearth Club, on 9 May. This will be the first memorial to Skarbek, who was also the inspiring subject of Clare Mulley‘s last book, The Spy Who Loved.
18 January 2017
e-Luminate Cambridge Festival
e-Luminate Cambridge is a contemporary arts festival for a city at the forefront of technological research, offering the opportunity for residents and visitors to discover the richness and diversity of the city’s iconic buildings and public spaces in a new light.
Festival Director Alessandra Caggiano is curating the 2017 Festival with Pat Kane, a writer, curator and researcher.
Ian Wolter’s The View from Here, a very large, kinetic light-work and performance sculpture, will be performed in Cambridge for the first time. Fri 10 – Wed 15 February 2017
14 October 2016
‘GLOW’ at Eastbury Manor House, Upney, East London
Friday and Saturday November 25-26th 2016, from 5pm- 10pm GLOW will include a major new kinetic work by Ian Wolter
31 March 2016
‘Not A Champagne Life’ at Hundred Years Gallery, London
Thursday 21 April to Sunday 1 May 2016
With a nod to the recent all-female exhibition in a male-run corporate space, Not a Champagne Life brings together the works of three emerging artists in a female-run independent gallery, and addresses the subjects of social order, gender equality and freedom of speech.
Not a Champagne Life features three-dimensional works by Emma Elliott, Penelope Harrall and Ian Wolter, and makes reference to the luxury lifestyles enjoyed by a privileged minority compared to the increasing burden of austerity on the majority of people.
The selected works combine strong figurative and symbolic elements with performance, sound and movement while commenting on the hidden metaphor of each respective medium: Ian Wolter’s busts implying status and authority; the assumption of aesthetic beauty in bronze as illustrated by Emma Elliott; while the items of feminine care at the core of Penelope Harrall’s work are generally expected to be hidden from view.
The launch event and private view on 21 April will include a live performance by Penelope Harrall, and the exhibition will be closing with a panel discussion on the artists’ respective approach to themes of social and political relevance on May Day, a date of pre-Christian significance more recently observed as Labour Day across the world.
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19 March 2016
Ian Wolter announced winner of ‘Video Art and Performance’ category in this year’s Arte Laguna’s Art Prize
Ian Wolter’s choral performance The Holy See Gets It recognised for “his ability to analyze and deal with a current social issue in an original and brilliant way. The performance ‘The Holy See Gets It’ turns out to be a complete research work in every aspect: the music, the text, the critical use of a sacred element.”
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‘ShowTime!’ at Art Language Location, Cambridge
Saturday 17 October 2015
Ian Wolter to present new choral work at one-day festival.
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