Course Code E2301S21
Tutor and Guests, Briony Marshall
Course Dates Thursdays; 21st September to 30th November
Times 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £630 + £40 materials fee

This course explores the use of the body in contemporary sculpture. The first half of the term will introduce different approaches and techniques for working with the body in three dimensions. Invited contemporary artists will run a series of workshops exploring how they work with the figure, from the politically powerful work of Tim Shaw (RA), to Jamie McCartney’s contemporary use of body casting. Katherine Gili will run a workshop sculpting the figure in paper to intimate how she works in steel and emerging artist Johanna Bolton will play with the body as a carrier of geometry, playing with estrangement from the body to be able to see it afresh. In the second half of the term you will develop your own focus of exploration and a final piece or series of pieces.

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Analyse the work of others, applying findings to their own work.
  • Create figurative sculpture working from direct observation, photographs and digital techniques
  • Make casts from the body  
  • Research, plan and complete a self initiated project

This course is suitable for all levels but is more suitable for those with some figure sculpture experience.

The main tutor for the course is:

Briony Marshall MRSS is a London based sculptor and installation artist. With a background in Biochemistry, she fuses an intellectual/conceptual approach with an intuitive, materials inspired process to develop sculptures that investigate the natural world and man’s place in it. 

Weeks 2 – 5 will be taught by visiting tutors who are all fascinating artists working with the figure in their own unique way. 

Jamie Mccartney

Focussing largely on the body and with a bachelor degree in experimental art, Jamie takes a multidisciplinary approach to his work. After a decade in the film industry he established Brighton Body Casting, which he runs alongside his fine art practice. His most famous work is The Great Wall of Vagina, an 8m long wall sculpture created from plaster casts of 400 women’s vulvas. With his work frequently in the media, Jamie has gained an international reputation as an influential art activist. His work has appeared in countless exhibitions, in museums and private collections worldwide. 

Katherine Gili FRSS works in steel in her own unique approach to the observed dynamics of the human body. She says that ‘The body is not my subject but its physicality is my source of sculptural invention’. She has a long successful career and her work is represented in the collections of the Tate and the Arts Council of England. 

Tim Shaw RA is a Belfast-born sculptor and contemporary visual artist working in Cornwall UK. Tim Shaw was elected to be a Royal Academician in 2013. Working across a range of different mediums, he produces both single entities and all encompassing, multi-sensory installations that utilise sight, sound and smell. He has undertaken a number of public commissions including The Rites of Dionysos for the Eden Project, The Minotaur for The Royal Opera House and The Drummer in Truro City Centre. 

Johanna Bolton is a visual artist working across sculpture, installation, photography and performance. Since graduating from Chelsea College in 2014, she has had a number of residencies and exhibitions in the UK and internationally.  Last year, Johanna received the 2021 Gilbert Bayes Award for emerging artists from the Royal Society of Sculptors, and became the recipient of a nine-month residency at metal fabricator Benson Sedgwick in 2022.  Previous projects include a residency at Kew Gardens Herbarium, a commission for the Bomberg Archive at London South Bank University and exhibitions at Gerlesborgs Konsthall in Sweden and Edicola Spoleto / MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy. 


There will be a £40 materials fee to cover wire and wax for Tim Shaw’s workshop, the body casting materials for Jamies’ workshop and the paper and glue used in Katherine’s workshop, the materials and printout for Johanna’s session. You will need to purchase/source materials for your personal project in the second half of this course but clay and plaster are available free for you to use (within fair usage limits).

Toolkits will be available to borrow from the Academy but if you wish to purchase your own Toolkit you can.

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £630.00

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