Gary Breeze

After eight years as design student, apprentice and assistant Gary established his lettering workshop in 1993. He quickly gained a reputation for the innovative content of his work which has won him numerous public art commissions over the years. His work also caught the attention of the broader art world culminating in his first major solo exhibition at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery in 2004.

He has worked with Memorials by Artists for many years and completed two major commissions through them including the Bali Bombing Memorial at Horse Guards Road, London, (project managed and assisted by Martin Cook), and Christ Church Cloister fountain in Oxford. Both projects involved the extensive design and re-landscaping of two important architecturally sensitive sites.
In 2002 Stuart Buckle joined the workshop on a two year Memorial Arts Charity apprenticeship funded by the Jerwood Foundation, and his natural skill has been an invaluable element of the workshop ever since.

Gary continues to exhibit widely and was awarded the first Jerwood Contemporary Makers prize in 2008. That same year he won the prestigious Leverhulme Trust award for a twelve month artist residency at the University of Southampton department of Archaeology. His work is in many major collections.

 Norwich school of Art
1988-1992  Apprenticeship with David Holgate
1992-1993  Assistant to Richard Kindersley  

Solo Exhibitions
2009 – 2011
 ‘Dryonautica’ Snape Maltings
2005  ‘East Anglian Miscellany’ Snape Maltings
2004-5  ‘Musaeum’ The New Art Centre at Roche Court
2002  ‘Latin Lyrics’ The New Art Centre at Roche Court

Selected Exhibitions
 ‘R&R Residencies and Retreats’ CAA London
2010  ‘The Art of Faith’ Norwich castle Museum and Art Gallery
‘Sea Fever: Turner to Today’ Southampton City Art Gallery
Flow gallery (with Alison Crowther) London
2009  ‘Taking Time’ Craft and the Slow Revolution, Touring exhibition 2009 until 2011 ‘Seafarers’ (with Simon Read), Peter Pears Gallery Aldeburgh
2008  ‘Jerwood Contemporary makers’ London and Edinburgh, 2008
‘Stone Riddles’ The New Art Centre at Roche Court
‘Visual biographies: object, art and archaeological practice’ Southampton University
2007  ‘Art at the Rockface; the fascination of stone’ Norwich and Sheffield
2006  ‘Making Words’ Bilston Craft Gallery, West Midlands
‘Languages’ European Think Tank
2004  ‘30/30 Vision: Creative journeys in contemporary craft’ Crafts Council
‘Presence and Absence’ Crawford Arts Centre
1997  Words Revealed, Midlands Arts Centre
1995  ‘Out of this World; the influence of nature in craft and design 1880-1995’ Crafts Council

Public Collections
Glasgow High Court
Little Sparta
Greenwich Millennium Gardens
Imperial War Museum London
New Scottish Parliament
University of Southampton
Westminster Abbey
Glasgow Caledonian University
Eton rowing lake
Chatsworth Gardens 
Victoria and Albert Museum




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