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Lichfield sculptor sees work go on display as part of Garrick theatre partnership

A Lichfield sculptor has seen his work go on display at the Garrick theatre.

Bob Tweddle, who ran a building company in Burntwood before retiring in 2006, took up stone carving after taking a course at Dudley College.

But now his piece Thor (God of Thunder) is the latest to appear as part of a partnership between the Lichfield Garrick and the Sculpture and Art Foundation CIC.

Bob Tweddle with his artwork at the Garrick

Bob Tweddle with his artwork at the Garrick

The Derbyshire Hopton Stone work took six months to create. Bob said: “My sculptures are manly for family and friends but I occasionally take on commissions.

“I passed a City and Guilds course at Dudley College with credits. I then joined a group of sculptors at Dudley College calling themselves the Shapeshifters.”

The artist’s has strong links with the Garrick having worked at the Civic Centre before it became the theatre.

“I volunteered for several years as a stage hand for the Lichfield Players and The Lichfield Operatic Society,” he said. “I still keep in touch with them and take in front of house photographs for Shakespeare in the Park.”

The partnership at the Garrick is aiming to increase access to sculpture and artwork.

Kathryn Walker from the FRAI Sculpture and Art Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Bob’s sculpture is the next artwork to feature on the plinth.

“Bob’s work is wonderful and show a real commitment to the art form. We are working with artists of all sculptural disciplines in order show the wide and expressive ways that this art form manifests.”

Thor (God of Thunder) is the fourth piece of work to be exhibited at the Garrick this year and will remain on display until September.

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