Cut Conversations – Maggi Hambling, In The Studio

The third in the series of Cut Conversations sees leading British artist Maggi Hambling interviewed in her Suffolk studio by Essex Book Festival Director (and good friend/near neighbour) Ros Green. The Cut will be streaming the film of their unique and adventurous exchange on YouTube on Sunday 25 April at 3pm. 

“If you’re going to be an artist, you’ve got to make your work your best friend, that you can go to whatever you’re feeling, and have a conversation with it.” (Maggi Hambling)

Maggi Hambling was born in Suffolk where she continues to live and work. One of Britain’s most celebrated artists, her first teachers were Arthur Lett Haines and Sir Cedric Morris at the Artists’ House, Benton End, in Hadleigh, Suffolk, and she later studied at Ipswich School of Art, Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. No stranger to controversy, Maggi Hambling’s most recent public artwork – a sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft – was unveiled in Newington Green in London in November 2020.

She has exhibited widely throughout the UK, as well as in the US and Ireland, and has won numerous awards including her appointment as the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London in 1980, the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1995, and the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture for the Aldeburgh Scallop in 2005. She received an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2010. 

“My philosophy of life is that I am deeply, deeply serious about my work and for the rest I like to have a few laughs.” (Maggi Hambling)

Her blistering account of the making of the mostly much-loved Aldeburgh Scallop is published by Full Circle Editions in a book available at the Halesworth Bookshop.

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