The Artist

Brendan Hesmondhalgh
b. 1973 Blackpool, England

Working in clay for the first time at sixth form he selected to study ceramics at degree level. After a short time in North Wales, Hesmondhalgh transferred to a sculptural ceramic course at Edinburgh College of Art in 1994.

After 18 months as an artist in residence at Drumcroon Arts Centre where Hesmondhalgh worked with children in art workshops and developed his own work for galleries and commission, he then pursued his freelance career after a move to Yorkshire in 1998. In his early work he illustrated animals in both two and three dimensions and enjoyed the freedom of expressing his ideas on a life-size scale.

Hesmondhalgh began working on monumental pieces after gaining a number of public art commissions. In some of these sculptures he experimented with animals on plinths and geometric bases which intensified the creature’s stature and allows for a greater contrast. The surface remains a focused element that he continues to develop. Adding colour, directional and textural marks

Hesmondhalgh has established a distinctive style that is notably recognised and collected worldwide.


Established by Brendan Hesmondhalgh in 2004 Sculpture Lounge is a collective workspace for professional creative practitioners.

Since moving to Holmbridge Mill in 2017, Sculpture Lounge continues to grow as a creative hub, a place to meet other artists/designers and to access the opportunities provided by an active and supportive environment. The driving ethos has always been to create an environment that supports artists’ careers and adds value to the community that the studios are based within.

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