The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Shortlist: Steven Claydon

Steven Claydon

Who? Born in 1969, the London-based sculptor and musician has performed and shown work internationally in exhibitions, including at Tate Modern and Switzerland’s Art Basel. He perhaps has the best claim to fame of any of the shortlisted artists having had a cameo appearance in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as a member of the band The Weird Sisters.

Trained at: Chelsea School of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins, London.

The work: Claydon’s work is proof, if any were needed, that opposites attract. Often playful, always thought-provoking, his pieces are fusions of old and new and raw and man-made.

In his own words: “I always try to make something that then gets up and walks off. Once that collaboration has taken place, between the material and the idea, then it just kind of charges off. Sometimes I don’t even recognise the things that I’ve made.”

What others say: “UK art legend Steven Claydon’s practice is concerned with how objects move from raw material to cultural artifact… his artworks tease together old and new to challenge history and authority.” Dazed

Text: Sarah Freeman, Yorkshire Post