‘Jill Randall At The Merzbarn’ 18th June – 4th July 2014.

PublishedJuly 2nd, 2014

Jill is currently exhibiting her renowned “Sheds” series sculpture installation at The Merzbarn, the artist Kurt Schwitter’s last iconic studio in Cumbria, Opening Sat 28th June 2pm.

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Jill Randall at The Merzbarn.      June 18th – July 4th 2014.

“Context is Half the Work”.     
APG (Artist Placement Group,1971) .

Jill Randall’s work reveals the sublime and beautiful, the poetic and resonant in bleak and unpromising places, and involves making work with and from post-industrial, ‘toxic’, or ‘spoiled’ environments. She responds to odd and extreme places – the ‘abused’ landscapes of Robert Smithson’s Land Art, the peculiar and darkly beautiful volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, the “terrible beauty” of the toxic abandoned copper mine at Parys Mountain in Anglesey, industrial estates, power stations, chemical works, old farms, backstreets in working towns.
This installation is a large and ongoing series incorporating the ‘Sheds of Rossendale’, and ‘Sheds of Rochdale’ series. These works explore the overlooked and secretive, celebrating the “ad hoc” and improvised. They began when Jill Randall moved from urban Manchester to semi-rural Lancashire, and began to notice the many improvised (and possibly illegal!) architectural constructions within this landscape when travelling to her studio ; sheds, lean-tos, pigeon shed complexes, barns and industrial buildings.
Jill Randall is intrigued by this conquering of geography and the assertion of ‘territory’ , the rural and industrial interfaces of these places, and the communities that have settled and inhabited them. Her work also explores the relationship of people to place, re-examining land and landscape, people and industry, the ethic of work, and its effect on our lives.
These buildings removed from context have been lovingly recreated, “model-railway” -style, with painstaking attention to detail, using recycled wood, paper and card. Some have been cast into bronze as mock ‘souvenirs’, questioning notions of material value .

“Jill Randall at The Merzbarn” is an opportunity to see Randall’s renowned ‘Sheds’ series in the context of one of the world’s most famous and iconic sheds -The Merzbarn, and celebrates the importance of these insignificant spaces in the act of creativity.

..”It always surprises me but where art comes from is spiritually much closer to the dump and discard of the culture…..Provincialism or coarseness or unculture is greater for creating art than finesse or polish .” 

“Perfection”, David Smith by David Smith, Sculpture and Writings, Edited by Cleve Gray, Thames & Hudson.1988.  

‘Shed’ sculpture in Smallest Sculpture Park In The World

PublishedJuly 2nd, 2014

Jill recently took part in the fabulous and quirky annual event for the Chorlton Arts Festival May 2014-‘The Smallest Sculpture Park In The World’, held at the home and garden of artist Bob Nancollis. Jill exhibited one of her works from the recent “Sheds of Rossendale” series, and the event was a great success, attracting many visitors over 2 weekends.NewsJill Randall.Sheds of Rochdale Series. 1 copy

New work in ‘Whitaker Open’ Show

PublishedJuly 2nd, 2014

Jill has recently exhibited 2 new steel sculptures in the new ‘Whitaker Open’ exhibition, held for the first time at the Whitaker,  March  2014.This is a new initiative for the reformed Whitaker, Rossendale’s quirky and elegant Museum and Art Gallery in Whitaker Park, Rawtenstall.

One of Jill’s B.A. Visual Arts Students at the University of Salford, Keeley Love, was awarded the Prize for an Outstanding 3-dimensional work.

“Two Thoughts-Pitt-Rivers” . Steel. Jill Randall 2014

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Jill elected as Member of Royal British Society of Sculptors

PublishedJuly 2nd, 2014

On March 28th 2014, Jill was elected as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors following her recent nomination.

Her work can now be seen on the RBS website

“Advancing the art and practice of sculpture

Committed to the pursuit of excellence in the art form, we aim to inspire, inform and engage people with sculpture/three dimensional art. We offer opportunities to see and experience the extraordinary diversity of contemporary work and to learn from those who make it through our exhibition programme. We support sculptors by providing bursaries to newly emergent sculptors, professional development seminars, a mentoring scheme and a growing number of awards and residencies. Established in 1905 as a not-for-profit company (83239), we are a membership society of 500 + professional sculptors and are a registered charity (212513). We are the oldest and largest organisation dedicated to sculpture in the UK.”


Jill’s work in ‘Prospect Printmakers’ Exhibition, Bury Art Gallery

PublishedJanuary 15th, 2014

Jill is currently showing work in the “Prospect Printmakers” exhibition at Bury Art Gallery, celebrating 20 years of printmaking classes with reknowned artist and printmaker Alan Birch. All Jill Randall’s prints have been produced at the Alan Birch Printmaking Studio, Prospect Studios, Waterfoot, Lancs  .

‘Since 1993, the classes originally held in Manchester, and now based in Rossendale, have seen over 250 people produce etchings, relief prints and collographs. The informal classes see artists visit for the one off experience of producing their first print, to artists who attend every month, and 3 artists on show ( John Hamilton, Chris and Loraine Waites have been there from the beginning! ) The exhibition features work by a selection of artists, 28 in total , many art trained  and some who were complete beginners when they first arrived.  The classes have seen a wide range of subjects and techniques explored, with artists attending other national prints studios to develop their work. The studios in Waterfoot ,home to painter Liam Spencer and sculptor Jill Randall  hold regular classes and open events. Many artists have exhibited their work, nationally and internationally and have  been selected for open exhibitions and and sold their work.’

Exhibition runs from 7th December to 22nd February 2014, Bury Art Museum  , Moss St, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0DR

0161 253 5878

For more details about Alan Birch Printmaking email alan on or visit

Opening of new solo exhibition “Place/Displace”

PublishedNovember 28th, 2013

My new major solo show opens on Fri 13th Dec 6-8 at Touchstones, The Esplanade, Rochdale. Its all around the theme of ‘place’ and includes new large sculpture, a new series of ‘Sheds of Rochdale” especially commissioned by the gallery, prints and  video.

It continues until March 8th 2014.

‘ Jill Randall’s work is firmly rooted in contemporary sculpture practice, making and

materiality. Conceptually driven, her work exploits the qualities and associations

of materials and often involves the recycling of materials invested with history and

narrative through their past use.

Place/Displace explores the importance of context in how we think about place. When

something is removed from its original context, we are forced to examine it anew.

Incorporating sculpture, prints, video and drawings, with commissioned new work

specific to and in response to Rochdale and the North West, Place/Displace enables

the viewer to scrutinise familiar places and buildings in new ways.

Exhibition preview: Friday 13 December 6pm – 8pm. Drinks will be served.


‘Reveal’ Exhibition at the revamped ‘The Whitaker’ Museum, Rawtenstall.

PublishedOctober 16th, 2013

New sculpture by Jill Randall can be seen at the newly revamped ‘The Whitaker’, Rawtenstall until October 27th in the “Reveal’ exhibition-a selection of the ‘best of’ the recent ‘Reveal Open Studios event.

The Whitaker, formerly the Whitaker Park Museum, has been transformed by the Whitaker Group,and has opened a cafe with contemporary decor, and is hosting frequent cultural events and activities.

Please visit their new website for futher info:-

Prospect Studios Open Studios This Weekend !!!!!

PublishedSeptember 24th, 2013

Come along to Prospect Studios Open Studio this weekend, 137, Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, Rosendale, Lancs, BB4 9DF.

Sat Sept 28th 10-4.

Sun Sept 29th 11-5.

View and buy new work by Jill Randall, and fellow Prospect Studio Artists Alan Birch and Liam Spencer.

This is part of the “REVEAL” Rossendale Art Trail Event, and you can also visit other Artists Studios in the area as well as have a refreshing day out in the hills. Its only 40minutes drive from central Manchester!

Prospect Studios Open Studio coming up in September

PublishedAugust 8th, 2013

Jill Randall in her studio, Prospect Studios, Waterfoot

Save the date for your diary! Prospect Studios will be opening up its doors again for the annual Rossendale Open Studio Event on Sat Sept 28th and Sun Sept 29th 2013. As well as a chance to view and buy the latest sculpture and prints by Jill Randall, you can also view and purchase the work of  printmaker Alan Birch and painter Liam Spencer, who work in Prospect Studios.Don’t miss!!!

Smallest Sculpture Park in the World, Chorlton Arts Festival.

PublishedAugust 8th, 2013

Jill Randall was again invited to take part in ‘The Smallest Sculpture Park in the World”, organised by artist Bob Nancollis, for the Chorlton Arts Festival on 18th-26th May 2013  at 4, Corkland Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manhchester.

Jill exhibited a series of small sculptures made in clay, copper and graphite from the series, “Sketches for The Great Abyss”, made during her Artists Residency at Parys Mountain Copper Mine, Anglesey.

From the series “Sketches for the Great Abyss”