Martin Cottis Sculptor

Location: London
Website: www.martinrichardcottis.wordpress.com
Bio:

Martin Cottis
Graduated, BA Hons Sculpture 1992 from Central St Martins College of Art after a youth spent playing in bands and working on boats.

1994-97 Artist-in Residence Inter-Action, on board the HMS President 1918, leading art workshops, designing projects for outreach and curating exhibitions.

1994-2005 Formed Monster Creations with partner Charlie Tymms to initiate & create community art works. Commissions from numerous schools, charities, companies and councils in the UK and abroad including British Waterways, Groundwork, Hull Time Based Arts, The Brunel Museum, Greenwich & Docklands Festival, Walk the Plank, Tower Hamlets and many others.

Since 1999 I had a commission to work with the Mental Health Charity, ‘The Cathja Project’, based on board a converted Dutch Barge in Isleworth, Middx.
I have become more committed to this line of work, becoming a trustee of the charity and then a member of staff in 2007. I work 2 days a week at their floating workshop teaching various sculptural techniques including wood & metalwork, casting and basic printmaking. The job includes curating shows of the work produced there and encouraging and fostering the creative instincts and talents of the clientele. It involves working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and of all ages from 18yrs to 70yrs.
The Artwork and the Barge have travelled extensively around Southern England and Europe forging links with similar organisations wherever we can find them. It is fascinating, rewarding and occasionally demanding work.

My own practice, for which I am seeking studio space, is currently based around woodcarving. Mostly done on a small to medium scale and largely by hand.
I have exhibited and sold work regularly over the last 20 years and undertaken a number of commissions for private clients. Although the present collection, representing about 2 years of work, has not yet been exhibited. I intend to rectify this in the next year.

Exhibitions:

Brunel museum
St Pancras Water Tower
The Jago, Redchurch street
Waterside Arts Centre
The Spitz gallery
Hannah Peschar Gallery
Betty Box Gallery
Camden Arts Centre
Southwark Park Gallery
HMS President, Victoria Embankment
Tower Bridge
Lethaby Gallery
Mile End Park