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Shapeshifters at Dudley College

Shapeshifters at Winterbourne Gardens


Originally the core of the Group were students of the sculptor, the late John Tonks. On his retirement the Group continued to meet and enrolled at Dudley College in 1999 and completed a series of courses on  fine arts and sculpture (to Level 4). That brought the Shapeshifters into contact with Andy Perks and the stone-carving tutor, John Vaughan.


We still retain our link with the College from whom we individually hire studio facilities through an annual payment to the College. This enables us to use the College facilities at Dudley Create on Thursdays and another day. Independently, we hire the College on the third Saturday of each month for an all day session for those unable to attend during a week-day. John also attends these sessions. (www.dudleycol.ac.uk)


Every week on a Tuesday we hire facilities adjacent to Winterbourne Garden, University of Birmingham (www.winterbourne.org.uk). We have access to the gardens which many of us find an inspiration for our work.


Most members work in stone with a few members working occasionally in wood. Our members have a wide range of skills but a common thread is the enjoyment of making things. We are fortunate to have access to a stock of stone at Dudley sourced from quarries (Ancaster and Hoptonwood) as well as stone from demolitions, largely Portland limestone. Members can buy stone at preferential rates.


We run Taster Sessions for beginners occasionally. Forthcoming events will be posted on our website. You donít need to wait for a taster course though. If you are interested in trying stone-carving then email us at info@shapeshifters.org.uk


It is with great sadness that we record the death in January 2012 of our Founding Father, John Tonks. John was an inspirational teacher as well as a nationally recognised sculptor with his work in many public spaces and private collections. He was a past Vice-President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. All his students will remember his gentle manner, playful wit and endless wisdom. He will be sadly missed but remembered with the utmost fondness by us all.

Members List

Janet Adams
Viv Astling
Malcolm Atkins
David Barnes

Pippa Barnes

Sakab Bashir

Angela Billingham
Audrey Burndred

Ken Bridgewater (friend)

Anthony Crumpton
Sue Denson
Philip Evans
Kathleen Fraser
Keith Gent
Wendy Green

Caroline Fleming
Mary Hayward (Friend)

Andy Hayward

Ann Heaps
Maurice Hill (Friend)
David Hoare

John Holiwell
Maria Houghton
Belinda Hutchings
Pat Jones
Mohsen Khorshidian
Andy Kirkland Perks

Beryl Lewis

Di Macmaster

Ian McPherson

Doreen Morgan

Betty OíHara
Emma Pitt
Don Ratcliffe
Chris Rider
Martin Rider
Denis Rollason
Joan Sharma

Surinder Sharma (Friend)

Will Smith

Roy Stove

Martin Timmins

Robert Timmins

J. R. (Bob) Tweddle
John Vaugham
Lindsay Welch
Brian Wild

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