ABOUT MICHELLE

In 1998, Michelle graduated from the University of Sunderland. It was during her studies there that she began experimenting with wire mesh to create the sculptures for which she has since become renowned. Michelle’s work has been widely exhibited around the UK and beyond and she regularly undertakes private and public commissions.

Inspired by sport and dance, she captures the pose in suspended animation for the viewer to observe the anatomy of form, traditionally represented, albeit in a unique and contemporary way. The translucency of the mesh gives an ethereal beauty, the illusion of figures transcending the physical and soaring in to the spiritual.

“How long does it take to create?”

A very common reaction to artist Michelle Castles’ dynamic, wire-mesh sculptures of the human form. In truth the answer to this is ‘over 20 years’. The Lake District-based sculptor has spent two decades observing, manipulating and breathing life into fundamentally inanimate wire-mesh. Inspired by the physicality of the human body in motion, this normally self-effacing, publicity-shy woman visibly transforms when discussing her art.

My Life in Wire


2016

Theatre by The Lake, Keswick Exhibition
Open Studio, Dockray

2015
Inspire Exhibition of Sports Sculptures
Public Commission Savannah Marshall, Boxer
Private Commissions
RHS Wisley with Surrey Sculpture Society
The Sandringham Flower Show
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Life’s an Itch’ commission Psoriasis U.K

2014
Private Commission St.Andrew’s
The Artful Gallery, Surrey
Haven Point Anniversary Exhibition
RHS Wisley with Surrey Sculpture Society
Inspire Exhibition

2013
Commission for South Tyneside Council, ‘The Wavemaker’, Haven Point.
Chelsea Flower Show 2013, sculpture for Chris Beardshaw’s garden for Arthritis U.K
Maundy Todd Sculpture show, London
Bramley House Sculpture show. Guildford
R.H.S Wisley Sculpture show, Surrey
Cumbria Open Studios}
Rheged Sculpture trail, Cumbria.

2012
Solo Exhibition in The Cube Gallery, The Biscuit Factory Newcastle
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden, London.

2010
Lanercost Priory, Cumbria
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden, London
S.J Winter Exhibition, Wimbledon

2009
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden, London
Leonardslee Gardens, Sussex

2008
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden, London
Leonardslee Gardens, Sussex

2007
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden, London
Leonardslee Gardens, Sussex

2006
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Maundy Todd Sculpture Garden, London

2004
The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford

2003
The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford
Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds (annually)

2002
Redgrave Church, Suffolk
Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds
Gissing Hall, Diss
Regatta, Henley on Thames
Fisherton Mill Gallery, Salisbury
Wyken Vineyard, Suffolk

2001
Vinopolis Museum, London
Arts Centre, Kings Lynn
Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds
Stephen Walton Fine Art Exhibition, Burnham Market

2000
Harvey Nichols, London
Harvey Nichols, Leeds
Oxford Terrace Clinic, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Michelin Building, London

1999
The Future Famous Show, London
Unicorn Gallery, London
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle Upon Tyne

1998
Graduation from the University of Sunderland
New Contemporaries Show, London
Business and Innovation Centre, Sunderland
The Industry Centre, Sunderland