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Mick Kirkby-Geddes – Artist Blog

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

We are very excited to introduce you to Mick Kirkby-Geddes, one of the artists who is showcasing their work at featured@fairtrader for the next few months.

Mick is a well-known local metal sculptor. Having lived in the valley for over 30 years, he has worked in pretty much every school in the area and his railings, gates, benches and even giraffes can be seen everywhere.

His trademark style of using a mixture of found objects and new materials to create all sorts of sculptures is well recognised. He makes welded sculpture using junk metal, changing it into new objects, giving them a different slant and usually a touch of humour.

Why did you become an artist?

I didn’t deliberately set out to be an artist, I didn’t know you could be one. We only studied dead ones at school, and David Hockney, but he didn’t seem to count because he lived abroad. I was good at art and geography at school but drifted more towards art because I’d always used my hands to make things from an early age.

How did you begin working with 'found objects'?

On my arts foundation course some weird kid hogged the welder all year so when I got to Leeds Polytechnic I made a beeline for the welder and have done nothing else since. The materials budget ran out fairly soon into the course so the only way to keep making metal sculpture was to use junk metal. It was mostly free, came in all different shapes and sizes and I soon discovered it was everywhere.

What inspires your artwork?

I work to commission making indoor and outdoor pieces, make large public art pieces, exhibit in galleries and also work in schools. It’s nice to work with children, explaining what I do as an artist, showing them my work and then helping them to create something of their own.

You can see a selection of Mick's work in the top room of Fair Trader for the next two months.

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