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Teesside student wins nationwide sculpting competition

19 June 2019 @TeesUniNews


A Fine Art student from Teesside University has been announced as the winner of metals4U’s annual Student Sculptors Competition.

Cameron Lings.
Cameron Lings.

Cameron Lings, 20, impressed the judges with his metalwork sculpture, titled ‘Turbine’. Cameron, a second year student at the University, has scooped a prize of attending an exclusive metal sculpture course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

As well as attending the course, Cameron, who is from Scunthorpe, will also receive guidance from experienced metal artist, Brain Fell, who runs the Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. His winning sculpture will also be put on display within the grounds of the sculpture park.

Cameron, who has just completed his second year, is delighted to have won and said: 'I'm honoured to have been considered for the award, and I am blown away at the fact I was chosen as the winner. I'd love to say a massive thank you to metals4U and Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the opportunity they have provided.'

His winning entry, ‘Turbine’, is inspired by the ever-developing industrial day-to-day life. When describing his piece, Cameron said: 'In order to develop new ways of creating energy, we have looked to our natural environment, in order to produce electricity from its kinetic movements.

'The sculpture demonstrates how our natural elements are being industrialised and harvested to their full extent. In this case, the wind is captured and portrayed in hardened metal, representing how engineering processes are making us look at nature from a different, and clearly useful, point of view.

I am blown away at the fact I was chosen as the winner.

Cameron Lings.

'The sculpture also questions the future of the relationship between industry and the environment, and how it will further develop for our own benefit.'

The Student Sculptors Competition, now in its third consecutive year, is hosted by Yorkshire-based metals4U. Brian Fell chose Cameron's work based on his entry, as well as images of past and current work.

He said: 'The entries this year were all of a high standard, but we chose Cameron's piece as we feel he would benefit the most from the course and the sculpture he submitted shows great potential.'

Paul McFadyen, managing director of metals4U said: 'We were delighted with the standard and variety of work submitted to our third annual Student Sculptors Competition. We are very excited to see what Cameron creates on the course with support and inspiration from Brian Fell and his team.'

Cameron's sculpture will be on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 22 and 23 June.

In the News

University Student Wins Nationwide Sculpting Competition
The Yorkshire Times, online, 21/06/2019
A Fine Art student from Teesside University has been announced as the winner of metals4U's annual Student Sculptors Competition.