Richard Holliday CV
Education. Coleridge community college, Cambridge.
1979 Started three year Stonemasonry apprenticeship with Rattee and Kett in Cambridge. Studied at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology as part of the training. Achieved City and Guilds and advanced City and Guilds craft certificates with distinctions.
1985 Became head of masons where duties included training apprentices and organising the masons workloads and quality control.
1987 Moved over to the Carving department within the company to study sculpture. Projects included Westminster Abbey, Kings college Chapel, Ely Cathedral. Hatfield house, Rochester Cathedral, Saffron Walden church Buckingham Palace.
1989 – 1994 Founding member of a company specialising in Restoration and Public arts. Commissions included: The Guardians and towers for Victoria square Birmingham. The Battle of Britain memorial at Capel le Ferne, Folkston. Large sculptural works for the Lutyens landscape for Boots Millennium Garden at Beeston including one single 25 ton portland stone arch. The sculptural works for Sheffield Peace Gardens. Large structural stone elements for Stormont Castle. Figurative work for the College of surgeons in Dublin. Large carved green oak structures for the Shakespeare Globe theatre. Several works for Ian Hamilton Finlay and Pia Simig in the landscape at Little, Sparta and France, over a period of ten years (still current with Pia Simig and the Little Sparta Trust). Fourteen month contract in Malaysia producing the sculptural detailing for the clients private residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Animals in War memorial Park Lane.
1994 Travelled to China and Egypt.
2001 Took one year sabbatical and sailed across the atlantic and back in my own boat.
2002 First year of ceramics City and guilds (part time).
2003 Relinquished my directorship of The Carving Workshop to move to Cornwall to concentrate on and develop further my personal work.
2004 Worked with Ian Hamilton Finlay and Pia Simig on the Temple to Apollo installed at Bonnington House, Edinburgh.
2006 Started the Studio in Cornwall
Interests outside of Stone include: Sailing, sea kayaking, science, gardening and the saxaphone for my own pleasure, and a curiosity about most aspects of life.