Rosie Musgrave

Rosie was apprenticed variously with sculptors, and studied figurative sculpture in clay, wood and stone at John Cass and City and Guilds Art Schools in London.
She has exhibited widely and many of her pieces are held in private collections. Her early practice as a somatic therapist and in related care fields have helped inform her work.

‘I work with an ancient and beautiful material whose qualities challenge and enrich my experience of making sculpture. I carve limestones, marbles, alabasters, some being formed in the Jurassic age 140 million years ago and each with its own unique character. Stone often holds a profound sense of stillness and presence.

The sculptures I carve invite touch and often express a sense of symmetry that doesn’t seek to challenge but rather to reassure.

I am conscious of being part of an ancient tradition of stone-carvers and draw inspiration from this rich heritage as well as from the world around me.

I am fascinated by form; by its structure, its surface tension, by the shape of the space that it inhabits, by its changing qualities within different landscapes and in different lights. Carving is an endless exploration of these relationships.

Selected Exhibitions:

Withiel House Sculpture Garden, Cornwall

Coughton Court Gardens, Warwickshire

In the grounds of Buckfast Abbey, Devon

The Garden Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Petworth, Sussex

‘On Form 2010’ Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Shropshire

Devon Open Studios

St. Wilfrid’s Hospice 2009 Open Art Competition Pallant House, Chichester, Sussex

Fresh Air 2009 Quenington, Glos.

2009 Brighton Art Fair

Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon

Millstream 2007/8 Sculpture Garden, Bishopstrow, Wiltshire

Delamore House Cornwood, Devon – Early Summer Exhibition

The Gallery, Dartington Campus with SouthWest Sculptors

The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol – Open Sculpture Exhibition

Quartz Arts Festival Queen’s College, Taunton, Somerset

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

Beaford Arts – Art at the Red House, Exeter, Devon

BlindArt Exhibition 2005 Sense and Sensuality at the Royal College of Art, London

Brian Bearne Memorial prize 2002: South West Academy Open Exhibition