Drawing by James Castle
Study for 'Malmesbury'
Mixed Media, 21 x 30 cm
© The Artist 2015

James Castle

Curriculum Vitae

James Castle was born in 1946, Aberdeen, Scotland.

He was educated at Ealing School of Art, Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.

As well as exhibiting throughout the United Kingdom, James has curated exhibitions of sculpture, most notably at Gloucester Cathedral and Malmesbury Abbey. He was also a senior lecturer in Sculpture and Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire.

James was elected an Associate Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2005, and in 2008 was elected as a Royal Scottish Academician.

Education, Teaching, Curating, Awards

1967-1968 Ealing School of Art
1968-1971 Winchester School of Art
1971 Hampshire Scholarship for Fine Art; Turkey and Greece
1980 Royal College of Art, Foundry Course
1984-1995 Visiting Lecturer, Cardiff College of Art; Lecturer in Sculpture, City of Bath College
1988 Appointed Associate Lecturer in Sculpture at the Universtiy of Gloucestershire
1995 Senior Lecturer in Sculpture, the University of Gloucestershire
2001 Curated major exhibition of 20th century sculpture in Gloucester Cathedtral and Malmesbury Abbey, 'Sculpture, an Abbey and a Cathedral'.
2005 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
2008 Elected Royal Scottish Academician.

One Man Exhibitions

1983 Artspace Galleries, Aberdeen
1984 Crawford Centre, St Andrews University
1985 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
  Mid Pennine Arts Association, Burnley
1989 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1993 Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen
  Compass Gallery, Glasgow
  Pier Art Centre, Stromness, Orkney
2001 'Sleep Walking', Maidstone Library Gallery, Kent
2003 Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames
2007 Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2008 'Echoes', Swindon Art Gallery and Museum, Wiltshire
2014 'Night Day', the Cello Factory, London

Two Man Exhibitions

1986 'Keep Dry', Howard Gardens Gallery, South Glamorgan
  Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff
1997 Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
  Gardiner Arts Centre, Sussex University, Brighton
2009 'An Englishman A Scotsman and A Tree', Gallery Oldham, Manchester

Selected Group Exhibitions

1984 'One Cubic Foot', Talbot Rice Centre, Edinburgh University
1985 Artspace Galleries, Aberdeen
1986 Contemporary Art Fair, Bath
1988 'Six North East Artists', 369 Gallery, Edinburgh; Pier Art Centre, Orkney;Peacock Galleries, Aberdeen
1990 'Casting, Carving and Modelling', Black Bull Gallery, London
1991 Invited artist, Cheltenham Group of Artists, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
  'Painted Carvings', Rufford Centre, Nottinghamshire
  'Contemporary Sculpture', Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh International Festival
1992 'Ten Years On', Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1994 'Artist as Teacher', Hot Bath Gallery, Bath
1995 The London Contemporary Art Fair, Compass Gallery
1997 'Grey Walls', The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1999 Art'Northern Lights', the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2000 'Connections', Royal Scottish Academy, (invited artist)
  'Sculpture, an Abbey and a Cathedal, (curator and exhibitior)
2001 'Fresh Air' 2001, Quennington Sculpture Trust, Gloucestershire
  'Sculpture in the Wild', Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
  'Salt Water', An Tuirean Art Centre, Isle of Skye (Scottish Arts Council Collection)
2002 'Artists of Fame and Promise', Bohun Gallery, Henley
  7th International Sculpture Symposium and Exhibition, Lentzke, Berlin, Germany
2003 '150 Years of Education in Gloucesterhsire', Pittville Gallery, University of Gloucestershire
  30th Anniversary Exhibition, Bohun Gallery,Henley
  'Sculpture in the Wild 2', Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
2005 London Contemporary Art Fair and the Glasgow International Contemporary Art Fair, with the Compass Gallery
  Burghley Sculpture Garden and Stamford Arts Centre
  'Drawing Power', Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
  Staff Exhibition, Pittville Gallery, University of Gloucestershire
2006 Newby Hall Sculpture Park, Yorkshire
  Artists of Fame and Promise, Bohun Gallery, Henley
  Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (invited artist)
2008 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
  New Acadmeicians Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (Festival Exhibition)
2009 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
  Collins Gallery, Glasgow
2010 Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
  Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2011 Annual exhibition RSA Edinburgh
2012 Co-convenor of 'The Artists Studio', RSA Annual exhibition
  Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames
2013 'I would walk 500 miles', The Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
  'In perspextive', RSA Edinburgh
  RSA Annual Exhibition
  Rendezvous Gallery Aberdeen, Summer Exhibition, Garyvard Isle of Lewis
  Bohun Gallery '40 years Centenary exhibition', Henley on Thames
2014 'Scottish Art Today', Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames
  'Scottish Drawing', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2015 Invited Artist at the 'Annual Exhibition', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  'Imagine', (three person show), Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay, Dundee
2016 'RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  'Curious Eye 2', RSA, Edinburgh
  Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
2017 'RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh - (Awarded the Maud Gemmel Hutchison Prize)
  Shoreham Sculpture Trail, Kent (with The London Group)
  Ages of Wonder Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2018 Annual Exhibition Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  'From the Sublime to the Concrete', The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2019 'Aviary', The Academicians' Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


Aberdeen Art Gallery
Strathclyde University
Royal Scottish Academy
Great Western Hospital, Swindon
Malmesbury School
Scottish Arts Council
Aberdeen Central Library
Wiltshire County Council
Private Collections:
UK, Switzerland
France, Germany and USA

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