Since arriving in Selby from her native Scotland in 1994, Ailsa Magnus has established a solid reputation in public art. Commissions have been completed across Northern England, London, Wales and Scotland.
In addition to carved wood and stone sculptures, her public commissions have included carved brick relief walls, cast relief floorscapes and decorative paving. Recent works have been cast in iron both freestanding and ground based. Works often reflect the heritage of an area but this is not always the case and some recent works have been abstract pieces influenced by natural elements and ancient artifacts. In recent years she has collaborated with Hamish Marr on a number of public commissions.
Commissions have been carried out for local authorities, education establishments, housing associations, the NHS and a variety of private development companies.
Materials are chosen due to their appropriateness for the commission in hand. Materials worked in to date include: wood, stone, ceramic, brick, plaster, cast-iron, bronze, steel (mild, stainless & corten) and fiberglass.
In 2010 she was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
Current methods of working: Public Commission, Private Commission, Collaboration, Project Management, Community work, Education projects, Training