Paper Sculpture with Richard Sweeney | 11 August

Age Group: Adults and young people (14+) 

Dates: 11 August

Time: 10.00-13.00 

Tools and materials will be provided  

Cost £45 per person 


Drawing creative reference from the current PAPER exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, paper sculptor Richard Sweeney presents an exciting three-hour workshop for adults and young people. In this workshop you will learn paper folding, manipulating and construction techniques, many of which are used in Richard’s own practice, and examples of which can be seen in the exhibited paper sculptures at Tisbury. Learn the art of curved folding to create fluid, organic shapes. Learn how to cut, pleat, and slot paper together to form your own paper creations. 


Techniques which will be demonstrated: 

– Curved folding, how to crease/score and cut paper. Experimental making as a means of gaining confidence with tools and material. 

– Pleating, curved and straight edged pleats.  

-Gluing: how to join paper components securely to create modular pieces. 



About the artist/tutor Richard Sweeney: 

Richard Sweeney was born in Huddersfield, England in 1984. He discovered a natural talent for sculpture at Batley School of Art and Design in 2002, which led him to the study of Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he concentrated on the hands-on manipulation of paper to create design models, which ultimately developed into sculptural pieces in their own right. 

Richard creates sculptures inspired by organic structures and growth patterns in nature. He seeks to maintain an experimental, hands-on approach, utilising the unique properties of often mundane materials to discover unique forms, working predominantly with paper as a sculptural medium. Richard often works without a preconceived form in mind, instead exploring a particular method of making to generate many variations, which ultimately develop into more complex structures. He is driven by curiosity to discover three dimensional forms through the physical manipulation of material.