Talos Art Gallery

About Talos Gallery

Set within the Wiltshire home of owner Richard Atkinson-Willes, Talos Gallery exhibits beautiful contemporary bronze sculpture.

The Talos Foundry has cast the work of established sculptors for decades, producing exceptional bronze sculptures that become part of private, national and international collections. Richard decided to open the Talos Gallery and offer people the unique opportunity to take in these works of art, before they’re sent away.

Many exhibits in the gallery will be accompanied by their own moulds, working drawings and photographs of the creative processes behind them. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the ancient history of the ‘lost wax’ casting method, which is still used to cast sculptures at the foundry today. 

Talos Gallery is based at Broads Green Farm in Heddington, where old dairy buildings have been stripped back to reveal cobbled floors, original Elm trusses and antique joinery. It’s the perfect space to view spectacular work made from simple material.

The Gallery will be completed in the summer of 2020 and we will be celebrating with a Summer Opening event, showcasing the work of Emma MacDermott as well as work from other established sculptors.

Set within the Wiltshire home of owner Richard Atkinson-Willes, Talos Gallery exhibits beautiful contemporary bronze sculpture.

The Talos Foundry has cast the work of established sculptors for decades, producing exceptional bronze sculptures that become part of private, national and international collections. Richard decided to open the Talos Gallery and offer people the unique opportunity to take in these works of art, before they’re sent away.

Many exhibits in the gallery will be accompanied by their own moulds, working drawings and photographs of the creative processes behind them. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the ancient history of the ‘lost wax’ casting method, which is still used to cast sculptures at the foundry today. 

Talos Gallery is based at Broads Green Farm in Heddington, where old dairy buildings have been stripped back to reveal cobbled floors, original Elm trusses and antique joinery. It’s the perfect space to view spectacular work made from simple material.

The Gallery will be completed in the summer of 2020 and we will be celebrating with a Summer Opening event, showcasing the work of Emma MacDermott as well as work from other established sculptors.

Talos Gallery

Our Gallery

The renovation of the old dairy buildings at Broads Green Farm in Heddington are now well on the way, with much of the work involving sensitive removal of previous works to reveal the buildings original features, find out more.

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Talos history

Our Story

In 1988, Richard co-founded Project Workshops, an Andover-based collective of artists’ studios and workshops. The foundry was the first to take up residency, remaining there ever since.

The foundry started out using a makeshift furnace in an old farm building. Soon, traditional bronze casting methods were being used to turn raw metal into exquisite sculptures.

In 2009, the new foundry building reached completion. It features smart, purpose-built facilities, able to cast bronze sculptures for over seventy artists. As the international client list grows, it’s time to open Talos Gallery and share the foundry’s magnificent work with everyone. 

Talos Foundry

Our Foundry

Talos Art Foundry has produced bronze sculptures using processes largely unchanged since the Bronze Age, the roots of which are Middle Eastern, tracing back to roughly 4000BC.

Bronze sculptures are created using the ‘lost wax’ process, which is believed to have been developed by the ancient Egyptians in around 2500BC.

The method involves creating a wax sculpture and coating it in clay. The clay is then fired to make it hard, causing the wax to flow out of the mould. This leaves a hollow, into which bronze can be poured. After this, the sculpture is fettled, chased and burnished.

Like to know more? Visit the Talos Art Foundry website.

Richard’s story

Richard Atkinson-Willes

Richard’s appreciation of work led by materials and process was forged during his time training at Central St Martins, where his interest in the versatility of pure materials continued to grow.

A talented sculptor, Richard has curated large exhibitions and shown his own pieces in London and Hampshire. The ingenuity and simplicity of ancient bronze casting methods captivated him, as did the enduring beauty of bronze sculptures.

Richard is director of the Talos Art Foundry and has created the Talos Gallery to showcase the work of the foundry and its artists.

Our History

Our History

In 1988, Richard co-founded Project Workshops, an Andover-based collective of artists’ studios and workshops. The foundry was the first to take up residency, remaining there ever since.

The foundry started out using a makeshift furnace in an old farm building. Soon, traditional bronze casting methods were being used to turn raw metal into exquisite sculptures.

In 2009, the new foundry building reached completion. It features smart, purpose-built facilities, able to cast bronze sculptures for over seventy artists. As the international client list grows, it’s time to open Talos Gallery and share the foundry’s magnificent work with everyone. 

Foundry

The Foundry

Talos Art Foundry has produced bronze sculptures using processes largely unchanged since the Bronze Age, the roots of which are Middle Eastern, tracing back to roughly 4000BC.

Bronze sculptures are created using the ‘lost wax’ process, which is believed to have been developed by the ancient Egyptians in around 2500BC.

The method involves creating a wax sculpture and coating it in clay. The clay is then fired to make it hard, causing the wax to flow out of the mould. This leaves a hollow, into which bronze can be poured. After this, the sculpture is fettled, chased and burnished.

Richard’s story

Richard Atkinson-Willes

Richard’s appreciation of work led by materials and process was forged during his time training at Central St Martins, where his interest in the versatility of pure materials continued to grow.

A talented sculptor, Richard has curated large exhibitions and shown his own pieces in London and Hampshire. The ingenuity and simplicity of ancient bronze casting methods captivated him, as did the enduring beauty of bronze sculptures.

Richard is director of the Talos Art Foundry and has created the Talos Gallery to showcase the work of the foundry and it’s artists.

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