A.S. MILLIGAN SCULPTOR & EDUCATOR
“Working in molten metal is capturing a moment in time. When the heat subsides, we are allowed to see the gentle ripple of the water or the hesitation of an outstretched hand. The fleeting moments of the world are made manifest. To work in bronze is to silently amplify the gesture and beauty of life for a very long time.”
–Alan Scott Milligan
Creating commissioned artworks from concept to completion.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SOLO WORK:
•Commission in bronze of Belfast playwright Stewart Parker for Belfast Writers' Square.
•The Gilding of Cole’s Monument. A performance/installation in honor of Oscar Wilde’s children’s story “The Happy Prince,” for A Wilde Weekend by Lough Ernest. A limited set of bronze swallows created with one to be placed at the monument’s site. 2015.
•The Samuel Beckett Chess set commissioned by the Happy Days Beckett Festival. Project featured on BBC Radio “Arts Extra,” The Guardian, Belfast Telegraph and others.
•The Muck Ball Trophy commissioned by the Happy Days Beckett Festival. 2012.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GROUP WORK INCLUDES:
•A member of the Umha Aois Symposium group, which runs annual community residences around Ireland and Northern Europe, casting and making artifacts and art works using Bronze Age methods. The group is a tribe of artists and archaeologists deepening their understanding of lost ancient techniques.
•“The Poetics of Forgiveness Project.” In conjunction with novelist Nicole Mary Kelby, this global public art project combines words of forgiveness with images of cultural significance to create works of bronze that provide a lasting reminder of the need for peace. Project sites include The Atlantic Center for the Arts (an American Civil War remembrance).
•Fabrication crew with German sculptor Holger Lonze. Summer 2011-current, West Cork, Ireland. Metal work. Annealing and Repose for large public sculpture.
•People of the Sea project. Fabrication crew with German sculptor Holger Lonze. July 2011 – August 2011, Coalisland & Portrush, Northern Ireland.
HIGHLIGHTS OF COMMUNITY WORK AND TEACHING INCLUDE:
•Artistic Associate Happy Days Festival Enniskillen June 2012 – Present
EDUCATION AND PRACTICE:
•Bath Spa University. B.A. in Studio Arts. Sculpture
•Postgraduate degree in Education in Yorkshire.
•Leads and also participates in seminars in conjunction with Umha Aois Symposiums and Milfield Foundry, Belfast.