Fabrication as Career - Pangaea Sculptors' Centre

By lucy, April 1, 2021

Paris,,France,,June,3:,Panorama,Of,Anish,Kapoor,Art,Installation:Leviathan by Sir Anish Kapoor at Monumenta, Grand Palais, in Paris France 2011, courtesy of MDM Props; credit: Watch the world, shutterstock.com.

Roundtable Discussion: Fabrication as a Career

Live discussion Wednesday 21 April 2021, 6pm

Professor Karin Ruggaber (UCL), artist Simeon Barclay and fabricators Rui Pignatelli (Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre) and Nigel Schofield (MDM Props) discuss the professional relationship between sculpture and fabrication. The speakers explored issues regarding the teaching of fabrication in art schools, access to fabrication facilities and how knowledge of fabrication may inform sculptural practice. This was followed by discussion and questions from the audience.


Simeon Barclay (b. 1975, Huddersfield, UK) is an artist whose practice draws upon a rich vein of popular culture to make works that activate complex cultural histories whilst addressing the complexity of memory, inheritance, aspiration and desire. Barclay received his BA from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds in 2010 and an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2014. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including at Southbank Centre, Tate Britain, South London Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle; Workplace Foundation, Gateshead; Holden Gallery, Manchester; The Tetley, Leeds; Cubitt Gallery, London; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Jerwood Space, London; Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Arcadia Missa, New York and W139, Amsterdam. Simeon lives and works in Leeds.

Rui Pignatelli graduated with a Licentiate degree in Sculpture from the Fine Arts University of Lisbon. Soon after he started running an artist residency space (IPAI), producing national young artists events and taking part in the production of two editions of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM). He moved to London in 2007 to pursue his studies with an MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. His background in sculpture and passion for making lead him to start what is a now decade long career as an art fabricator, working with artists in all stages of their careers, sometimes solo sometimes surrounded by other brilliant fabricators, always with joy for innovation and experimentation.

Karin Ruggaber is Professor of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, and Head of Graduate Sculpture. A practicing artist, she makes sculpture as well as producing artist’s books. Coming out of a studio-based practice, her work uses aspects of figuration and ornamentation. She is interested in the translation of pictorial principles into sculpture, and how imaginary space materialises within sculptural language and public space. Karin Ruggaber has held solo exhibitions at greengrassi, London; Walter Knoll, London; PEER, London; Art Now, Tate Britain; and group exhibitions at La Casa Encendida, Madrid; CCA, Andratx; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; Artists Space, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London and Bloomberg SPACE, London. Her work was included in British Art Show 7 at Nottingham Contemporary and Hayward Gallery, London (2010). She was recently commissioned by Selldorf Architects for a permanent wall relief for 21 E 12 Greenwich Village, New York, US. She was recipient of an Abbey Fellowship Award at the British School, Rome in 2019.

Nigel Schofield is Director of MDM Props. He holds a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in 3-dimensional design and further qualifications specialising in wood, metal and plastics. Having worked in the creative construction industries for over 30 years, his career began as an artist/model maker/builder working in theatre, films, TV and the art world. After several years’ experience he joined the fledgling company MDM and helped build it into the company it is today. MDM celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. In the 1990s he worked with several young British artists to bring their ideas to life. This led to him concentrating on the art world, and specifically sculpture, as a chosen field. This continues to this day. He has continued to help and develop younger artists as well as working with some of the worlds most established. Some notable clients include, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Marina Abramovic, Tracey Emin and Anthony Gormley. Institutions he has worked with include the British Museum and The National Gallery.