The Society is pleased to be working with acclaimed Shropshire artist Jemma Pearson to produce a piece of public art dedicated to Mary Webb. We have now received the necessary approval for the bronze bust on a Grinshill stone plinth which will be located outside Shrewsbury library. Jemma was chosen from several artists for this commission as we were impressed by her submission and the quality of her work. This work includes bronze statues of Elgar,Darwin, Admiral Benbow and Gladstone.Committee members are looking forward to visiting Jemma’s studio at Clun to be involved in the design process of this important work.
It is hoped that Mary’s nephew Donald Meredith will unveil the work later this year.
In her submission Jemma wrote: “The life story and work of Mary Webb gets under the skin. Once the Mary Webb Society had invoked my curiosity beyond an existing awareness of this remarkable woman, I would like to rise to the challenge of sculpting a portrait of kind likeness and also a work which illustrates the layered quality of her unusual life. Ideally it should impart Mary Webb’s extreme sensitivity to her local natural environment – so fundamental to her creative spirit”.
For more information check out www.jemmapearson.com