burton art gallery and museum
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Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

Bill and Peach Shaw


Bill and Peach met at Art College in Farnham in 1988, married in 1994 and now live and work in Northam. Since leaving college in 1989, they have worked together on a wide and diverse range of projects from many large public art commissions in city centres (Roman Centurion, Southampton 1999; Portsmouth and Southsea Railway Station 1995; Green Lanes Shopping Centre 1991) and smaller scale pieces for one off exhibitions, galleries and private commissions. They have also worked in schools on murals and landscaping projects in collaboration with children and teachers.

Inspiration for the metal work is taken directly from their surroundings and Bill's fascination with fishing. Mild steel is the main material employed in constructing their sculptures, along with copper, brass and aluminium, which is cut out, beaten and shaped into wooden moulds, polished and heat treated and lacquered. Pieces of locally collected flotsam and driftwood are frequently taken as the starting point for several of their larger sculptures.

Since 1990, Bill and Peach have been producing small metal constructions, ranging from elaborate steel chairs to unusual weathervanes and whirligigs, and a multitude of ever changing hangers, hooks and clocks.

They combine more traditional black-smithing techniques with beaten and shaped steel copper to form unusual and quirky objects.

lottery funded