Commissions

Sir Nigel Gresley sculpture - by Hazel Reeves

Public art commissions

I am delighted to have won the commission to sculpt the Emmeline Pankhurst statue for St Peter’s Square, Manchester. Emmeline Pankhurst was the key inspiring leader of the Suffragette Movement, born in Moss Side in 1858. I have been commissioned to sculpt a maquette (or model) and cast it in bronze, for unveiling at the Houses of Parliament in February and showing in Manchester in March 2017. With my background in women’s rights and gender equality, this is a particularly exciting opportunity.

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 than with the announcement of a statue commission celebrating women biscuit factory workers – the ‘Cracker Packers’ – to be sculpted by a woman artist! The bronzes of the two Cracker Packers, one from past times and one from today, will be unveiled next International Women’s Day, 2018. For the full details see the press release.

My most recent large-scale commission was to sculpt Sir Nigel Gresley, the eminent railway engineer. The 7ft 4in bronze was unveiled at King’s Cross Station, London, on the 5 April 2016 on the 75th anniversary of his death. In preparation, I was commissioned in 2014 to sculpt a maquette (or scale-model) of Sir Nigel Gresley and Mallard. For further details see the dedicated sections of this website or my blog.

My full-figure bronze sculpture of Sadako Sasaki, with a ‘paper crane’, was unveiled in the Hed Wenn peace garden in Wales on the 21st September 2012, the Word Day of Peace. For further details see the dedicated section of this website.

If you are interested in commissioning a piece of public art, please email me at hazel [at] hazelreeves.com.
Mercy II - sculpture by Hazel Reeves

Portrait commissions

I have undertaken numerous portrait bust sculpture commissions, with a particular focus on those working for social justice, including the internationally acclaimed Professor Jude Howell of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); the age activist Ralph Chapman; and Diane Kingston OBE, activist for the rights of disabled people:

‘Hazel captured my vision and direction of travel – the aspiration and motivation of all socially excluded people’, Diane Kingston OBE

Interested in commissioning a portrait sculpture?

It is the ultimate gift – a portrait sculpted and captured in bronze. Whether it is to mark a special occasion, to preserve memories of your children, or to create an heirloom to pass to the next generation, it is an investment that will bring much pleasure. The best way to learn more about commissioning a sculpture is to email me – hazel [at] hazelreeves.com – for further information about the process as well as the costs. As with any portrait, the best results are achieved through face-to-face sittings rather than through photographs alone. These sittings can be held in your own home or in my studio in Billingshurst.

‘I had seen that she [Hazel] was able to convey not simply the physical likeness of a subject, but something of the person themselves…she is equally able to create an image which conveys the public vision of an individual as well as the more private sides of his/her persona’, Ralph Chapman

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