Gateway Art Project

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Gateway is a collaborative project between Bracknell Forest Council and South Hill Park Arts Centre. It seeks to facilitate the delivery of excellent art to public spaces, while breaking down perceived elitism within the arts with community engagement, participation and communication.

The Winner!

South Hill Park’s Mirror Gallery recently showcased maquettes, designs and videos of five artists shortlisted for a public art commission at Bracknell’s transport hub. Artists included Tim Ward, Tim Shutter, Michael Dan Archer, Samuel Zealey and Charlie Whinney.
The Public were invited to vote for their favourite piece. Nearly 900 people voted over the two month period and it can now be announced that the winner was Samuel Zealey whose work was described by voters as ‘original’ ‘striking’ and ‘pioneering’. His piece is looking to be installed at Bracknell’s transport hub this Autumn.

Samuel Zealey

“I am so thrilled to have been voted the winner for the Bracknell Public Art Commission and I look forward to working with the fantastic team at South Hill Park and Bracknell Forest Council on workshops and the sculpture project at hand. I think it is important to make thought-provoking public sculpture that deals with ideas that are refreshing and current in the 21st century. I would just like to say a quick thank you to all that voted for this piece to become a reality and I hope that the sculpture will be warmly accepted by the Bracknell community.” – Samuel Zealey

About the Design

The artist’s design Precarious Protrusion sees a layered infrastructure emerging from a bedrock, which appears to reside at ‘tipping point’. With references to a recognisable, well-loved family game, the sculpture is as playful and familiar as it is beautiful. The design relates to Bracknell primarily through regeneration – the idea of progress (the continuous building of the structure) and a tipping point, leading to a new process of building. The layers represent a visual history as it starts with archaic materials representing Bracknell’s prehistoric human occupation (e.g granite and other stones) and develops systematically through the layers to newer materials higher in the structure such copper, steel, aluminium and hardened glass.

About the Artist

Samuel Zealey graduated from an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2012 . He is now a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and produces both fine art Sculpture and Public Art.
Recent public art commissions include Helix in Spitalfields, London. Zealey won the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize in 2013, was shortlisted for The FACK! West London Art Prize, won the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises and was nominated for Berlin Projects in association with The Art Factory Gallery and the Catlin Art Guide 2012. Zealey has exhibited with the Saatchi Gallery, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, High House Gallery, 20 Hoxton Square Gallery, Hannah Barry Gallery and has had a solo show at Tim Sheward Project. His work is collected nationally and internationally.

What’s Next…

Missed Out! MOLE workshops
Samuel Zealey will be leading, alongside South Hill Park’s Missed Out! team, visual art workshops with over 400 children from local schools in a week of workshops this July.


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