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Escrick Grange, Stillingfleet Road
North Yorkshire
YO19 6EB

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Peter Maris - stone carver / sculptor

Peter Maris's background is in Fine Art and he has been working in stone since 1987. He gained experience first in a commercial and industrial environment and then later, for 10 years, as a stone carver engaged with prestigious heritage restoration work at York Minster. He gained a BA (hons) in Fine-Art (sculpture) at Saint Martin’s School of Art in 1980 and, in 2000, an MA in Fine-Art at Leeds Metropolitan University. Consequently, his practice has developed as a combination of his extensive experience in the stone industry complemented by his professional training as a fine-art sculptor. He enjoys a wide variety of work including fine-art stone carving, sculpture, letter cutting, public art, bespoke memorials and masonry.

Much of Peter’s artwork is motivated by a desire to investigate different ways of using stone and to developing new visual routes towards addressing the issues and images of modern life in a contemporary art context. His current focus lies with the development of a creative process formed by a combination of new advanced technologies with the more traditional skills of his craft.

He was one of the first occupants of the Phoenix Centre, a business incubation space initiated by Science City York and Creative York as a facility in which to focus upon developing innovation in business.

Peter has also been retained as Community Arts Adviser to the GMI group of companies and is currently leading a Public Art scheme as part of the much larger town centre development of Clay Cross in Derbyshire.

He is currently engaged as artist in residence at Armley Mills, helping to launch Leeds City Council's 'Millspace' studio project. He is working closely with Yorkshire Textiles and associated practitioners to explore and promote the work of the Yorkshire textile mills through the medium of stone, using woven cloth and the textile heritage as springboards for new artwork.

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Armley Mills

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At present Peter is the artist-in-residence at Armley Mills ‘Millspace’ housed at Leeds Industrial Museum which was once the world’s largest textile mill. In collaboration with Leeds Fashion Works, leading textile designer, Susan Gaunt and the Sunny Bank Mill Textile Archive he is taking the physical heritage of Yorkshire woven fabric as his inspirational source material to create a springboard for new carved artwork with a fresh contemporary presentation.

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Clay Cross

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Peter has been retained as Community Arts Adviser to GMI Property Co Ltd since 2009 and is currently leading a large scale public art project as part of the £30m town centre re-development of Clay Cross in Derbyshire. The production of permanent artwork has developed from a wide consultation with the public which also included carrying out workshop sessions in 4 local schools to gather ideas for re-interpretation and to give schoolchildren an opportunity to work in 3 dimensions.

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