Viv Astling

Viv is a sculptor in stone. Using English Limestones (and the occasional exotic stone), his past practice has been based on natural forms. He has carved a series of waves in different stones based on Hokusai’s wood-cut of the Kanagawa wave.

Over the last three years he has been exploring the relationship between classical music and sculpture. Works including those based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Mahler’s First Symphony and Beethoven’s Erorica have been completed as well as sculptures drawn from the sculptural forms of musical instruments including the Accordian and Violin. Some of these have used discarded stone from buildings being renovated eg Leicester Police Station.

Viv has completed three Public Art Commissions: on a roundabout in South Derbyshire and in the Conkers Visitor Centre in Leicestershire, both based on natural forms from the National Forest. His work commemorating the RAF Boy Entrants is sited at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

He has a long record of service as a non-executive in the arts including the Board of Artsites and MAC and acting as an Ambassador for the last 7 year helping to set up the recently opened Stourbridge Glass Museum. Having served as Honorary Secretary of the RBSA for 11 years, in 2022 he was elected President and Chair of the RBSA Trustees.

Viv was awarded an Honorary degree by Wolverhampton University in 1999 and appointed an OBE for services to the West Midlands in 2005.

Mahler 1

Limestone on Slate, 82 x 48 x 5cm

Napoleon, Beethoven and Erorica

Alabaster with soapstone on slate, 36 x 23 x 20cm

Theme and Variations

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