Sculptor Victoria Westaway News Items
All the latest News on Devon Artist Victoria Westaway. Vik moved her art practice from Herefordshire to Devon back in April 2016 having bought the old St. John Ambulance Station in the heart of Cullompton, Devon. Vik is busy creating work for exhibitions, private commissions and flower shows across the country, check back in regularly to keep up to date with news and photos of Vik’s latest work and announcements of her latest art projects - thanks for visiting..
This year Vik has worked on two separate Festival of Light lantern parades. Firstly with the Cullompton Christmas Festival and Lantern Parade held on the 24th November 2018. Secondly with Squircle Arts during the Christmas by the Sea Festival of Light held in Paignton, Devon on 8th December 2018.
This autumn Victoria was commissioned by the renowned Divoky Riding school to create a giant peacock to welcome their clients to the stable yard. The award winning riding school is nestled in a beautiful part of Somerset in the grounds of an old manor farm complete with its own chapel.
2018 has been an enormous year of remembrance across the country. Arts, archive and community projects have captured the thoughts of the nation. Victoria was commissioned by the Woodland Trust to create a willow wreath installation for the month of remembrance as part of the Remembrance Trail in Langley Vale wood.
Much of Victoria’s work is commissioned by private collectors but in addition to this she also works with corporations and councils to produce public art pieces across the country. A recent project saw Victoria working in the beautiful village of North Mundham in West Sussex, where she was commissioned by Stonewater Ltd to create a Willow feature for a new housing development in the village.
It was hard to imagine the heat of the sunshine when Devon was subjected to the most severe snow event for 10 years back in March, but that was when the planning for the Summer Yarty Party Sculpture was underway. Victoria was approached by the Yarty Party team to run an adventurous willow workshop to create a giant willow sculpture in one day.
Following on from last years successful RHS Willow Goose Sculpture Workshop Vik was again invited back to run an Owl Sculpture Workshop during March 2018. Just as last year the willow sculpture course proved so popular that Pershore College arranged to run two RHS courses on consecutive days. Each of the two courses were made up of 10 participants who practiced the basic skills and techniques of willow weaving. Vik demonstrated her free style scribble weave technique to create the body around a steel armature mounted on a wooden base. Once the main bodies were formed Vik encouraged the participants to get creative using techniques to add beaks, eyes and ears giving each owl a unique personality.