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Long-listed Sculptor Laury Dizengremel
Lifesize Sculpture
Commemorative Statue
of Emily Williamson
For Didsbury, Midlands

A commission of a lifesize sculpture for Didsbury


I was approached in the autumn of 2020 by Andrew Simcock who previously led a campaign to erect a statue of  Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester. Andrew had found me as the sculptor for  the Virginia Woolf statue campaign  in the context of the media coverage of Maggi Hambling's tribute to Mary Wollestonecraft.

Whilst Andrew was also offering Hazel Reeves (who created that wonderful Pankhurst statue) the opportunity to make a proposal for an Emily Williamson statue, he and others on  the committee wanted to ensure a wide variety of interpretations were obtained from which to select first a long-list of 12 sculptors and later on a short-list of 4 sculptors.

I am honoured to be on the long-list. I have it at heart to help redress the imbalance between statuary of men versus women worldwide as it is truly skewed. Emily Williamson was an amazing woman who deserves a lasting tribute.

Fast forward to February 2021...  Survey Monkey contributors to the short-list poll will either choose my proposal or not.

When the 4 short-listed sculptors have been selected by any of you taking part on the Survey Monkey platform, then all 4 will produce a final maquette in bronze which can be presented to the public. Later, after exhibiting those and obtaining votes from the public again, the committee will settle on the sculptor who wins the most votes and most faithfully / dynamically represented Emily Williamson.

My proposal is currently a very rough maquette in oil clay, created  associatively with  another sculptor friend who prefers to remain anonymous. (As I was having temporary hand problems, I did the research & designed the composition, she did the actual clay work with my regular input).

This maquette will be further refined by me (face, dress, folds, hands,etc.) if I am short-listed in the final group of four.

I am also happy to omit the bird in the final design if it is felt to be an unnecessary addition (and expense), but I thought her stance and rapport with the bird showed her great affinity for birds.

I welcome input and suggestions from participants to the survey.

The committee has expressed their desire to have me cast the statue in England if I am selected, and I will therefore be using the same foundry which cast my statue of Ken Jones.


Rough proposal Emily Williamson statue

Emily Williamson statue proposal

Oil clay - very rough proposal is shown above and below
(This is merely a sketch in clay showing my basic concept
The exact likeness has not yet been detailed but will be if I am short-listed).


Photograph of Emily WIlliamson

I am available for any collector intent on commissioning a sculpture or statuary for either indoor or outdoor locations.


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ask@laurydizengremel.com

Or call any of the following agents:

UK Contact: c/o Agent - Philip Wicks
Tel: +44 (0) 7958 412307
Studio Tel UK +44 (0) 7725 555048
France Contact: +33 (0) 618435125
USA Contacts: c/o Agent - Ian Krieger: Dunedin, Florida, USA
Tel: +1 (727) 733-9575
c/o Agent - Carla Schade: Seeley Lake, Montana, USA
Tel: +1 (406) 677-0642

Canada Contact: c/o Agent - Maguite Wilkens: Ontario
Tel: (416) 826 1072

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