Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing a range of services for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and beyond.

Peter Maris

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Peter Maris is a sculptor who has been working with stone for over 25 years, in industry, at York Minster and since 2001, full time in his own studio at Escrick. At present he enjoys a wide variety of work including fine-art sculpture, lettercutting, public art, bespoke memorials and masonry.

Some of Peter’s work is almost exclusively hand-cut but other projects make use of a variety of technologies to present a particular result or enrichment of content. He is just completing a landmark sculpture for Yorkshire Water and Pennine Prospects at Scammonden Water in conjunction with Ilkley Literature Festival and Simon Armitage, in which traditional methods are complemented by water-jet cutting technology to produce stainless steel inserts and an accompanying bench seat which mimics the shape of the reservoir.

Peter has also recently worked with Carstairs Countryside Trust, Leeds Fashion Works, York NHS Trust, and most notably with the GMI property group to lead the Public Art project of the £30m town centre redevelopment of Clay Cross in Derbyshire. The scale of his work varies greatly from small, hand-held, slate and limestone laminated pieces to Public Art works 2 metres high. Similarly prices can range from £250 – £15,000+.

Current methods of working: Public Commission, Private Commission, Collaboration, Community work, Education projects