Q&A Wayne Hart


Wayne Hart

What is your practice?

Wayne Hart is an award-winning lettercarver, typographer and sculptor. Seeking to achieve the highest levels of craftsmanship, he is dedicated to creating beautiful inscriptions, low-relief carving and sculptural forms. His designs are skilfully drawn by hand, with lettering, image and form tailored to suit each client’s needs. These are then carved by hand using mallet and chisel, paying the closest attention to detail. Carving in both stone and wood, Hart also works with other materials such as metals, plastics and glass. He works internationally and his work to date has included commemorative gifts, public art projects, memorials, signage and artwork for exhibition.

What five words best describe your work?

Bespoke, quality, award-winning, unique, contemporary


Do you have any design heroes?

My work is influenced by nature and the artwork of ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians, Aztecs, Myans and Greeks. Modern-day heroes include Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Thomas Heatherwick, Tom Perkins and Alan Fletcher.

Where is your studio?

My studio is based in AWOL Studios, Ancoats. I am currently serving a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre in Norfolk.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

There is always work to be done!


Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am currently creating the WW1 memorial to Edith Cavell during a five-month artist residency at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. The memorial will be situated in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.

I have a number of other exciting commissions, both large-scale and small, and he is creating new works for a number of upcoming exhibitions. Hart is currently exhibiting his piece, The Raven, at Craft Open 2015 at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Did you exhibit or visit last year’s SAT?


What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be selling a range of smaller lettered items with one or two larger pieces. All work is being created specially for Sale Arts Trail 2015.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I will be exhibiting at Sarah Thirwell’s studio.

Tell us something we don’t know

I am a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and the youngest artist to have created work for Westminster Abbey in the recent past.


Thank you Wayne!



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