Featured Artist


Cornish-born Joseph Hillier first studied at Falmouth College of Art and then on to Newcastle University.

After graduation he held a research post at Newcastle University for a number of years.

In 2000 Joseph received the Year of the Artist Award from the Arts Council of England and completed his first public projects.

The following year he won a scholarship and teaching role at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Elected associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2004.

2013 Joseph was selected as a finalist for the National Sculpture prize at Broomhill and also for the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy

Joseph`s career is rapidly building momentum with the commission from the Theatre Royal Plymouth for “Messenger” a large bronze figure to be installed in the early spring.

Messenger will be the largest bronze sculpture to be cast in the UK and by far the country`s largest bronze sculpture standing at 23ft tall, 30ft wide and weighing nine and a half tonnes.

Messenger is being cast in a small foundry in the Welsh Village of Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, using the ancient technique of lost wax casting.  To date it is the largest art project in Europe.

In the gallery we have on display the bronze Maquette for Messenger plus five other bronzes part of a wider touring exhibition of twelve new works by the artist exploring human motion and dance.

The inspiration for Messenger came from time spent by joseph with theatre group, Frantic Assembly during rehearsals for Othello, Theatre Royal`s award-winning co-production in 2014.

“When I saw that moment, I was highly aware of the actor`s poise in the fleeting pause in her movement something powerful is about to happen” Joseph Hillier 2018.

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