Sculpting in Metal


COURSE DATES: Mondays 15th June – 10th June 2024 (NO CLASS: 27th May)

TUTOR: 15th & 22nd April: Nathan Murphy, Julian Wild PVPRSS


TIMES: 6:00pm – 9:00pm


FEE: £295

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

‘Sculpting in Metal’ is an opportunity to explore the various practical processes involved in making metal sculptures. This course is an excellent opportunity to work on an individual project in a workshop with an experienced tutor. You will receive tailored guidance from your tutor, theoretical and technical assistance throughout the duration of the course. The course provides the required knowledge, practical skills, and Health and Safety guidance to work with welders, angle grinders and other specialist metal working machinery. You will gain the skills to develop your own sculpture, or series of sculptures within your practice. You will receive individual feedback on your work from the tutor.

The course is open to students who have no experience in metalwork, as well as those who wish to refine their skill set.

Recommend booking by: April 1, 2024

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.


Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.


Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

You must provide your own Flame Retardant overalls/clothing with long sleeves and steel toecap shoes. There are a number of shops that offer these online, we recommend the following:

Flame Retardent Overalls, Eltham Welding Supplies

Steel toecap shoes, PPE Work Solutions

You will not be able to use the workshop unless you wear the correct clothing and shoes, due to health and safety standards. You cannot buy these in the Academy, so please make sure that you get hold of these before your course. We will provide other necessary PPE such as welding masks and gloves.

You should also bring a sketchbook/notebook and pen/pencil to make notes and sketch ideas.

If you wish you can purchase materials on site: Our workshop provides steel in various different forms, available for purchase by the meter. For this course, you will be mostly using circular and square bars, but more options are available to purchase from the studio, so you don’t need to bring anything into the studio, unless you want to.


Julian Wild joined the Art Academy in 2016 and has over 20 years experience of teaching in HE and FE. He has held solo shows at Modern Art Oxford, William Benington Gallery, Maddox Arts, Canary Wharf and Burghley House and taken part in group exhibitions such as Sculpture in The City and in Beyond Limits at Chatsworth House. His work has been commissioned by Cass Sculpture Foundation, Fidelity Investments & Oxford University. In 2005 he was a finalist for The Jerwood Sculpture Prize and in 2009-12 was the recipient of The RBKC/Chelsea Arts Club Trust Studio Bursary. He was vice-President of The Royal Society of Sculptors 2015-19.

For the first two sessions, 15th & 22nd April, you will be taught by Nathan Murphy:


Nathan Murphy MRSS is a London based Sculptor and educator specialising in site-specific installation. As an artist member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, he has been selected for a number of residences, competitions and awards across the UK. Murphy’s work can be found in private and commercial collections. He studied BA(hons) Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Leeds furthering his education in Florence before completing an MA in Fine Art at Wimbledon college of Art, University of the Arts London.

Murphy’s work focuses on investigating the viewers’ experiences and perceptions of space. Works created employ constructed visual forms and environments that heighten or aim to enhance a visual and physical interaction.

The physical and optical nature of the work is acted upon with the choice of geometric minimal forms and fabricated materials; these are reflected upon with a need to engage and relate to the viewer through its human scale.

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”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.

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

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • 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.

Materials & Equipment

  • 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 booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • 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 at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • 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 a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


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