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Madeline Goold

After reading law at the London School of Economics and a period in legal practice, I returned to college to do a Foundation Course, and a Fine Art degree; I studied sculpture with John Paddison, Jacob Epstein's last assistant. While researching an M.Phil on direct carving at the Barber Institute, Birmingham University I was mentored by Walter Ritchie, Eric Gill's last apprentice, who encouraged me to continue to carve full time.

I have taught sculpture in schools, workshops and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and made for public, commercial and private commissions. Solo sculpture and print exhibitions include How Like an Angel for the centenary of the composer Gerald Finzi, and The Peace of Eden celebrating the poetry of Thomas Traherne for the Ludlow Secret Gardens Festival.

Joint exhibitions include the Langford Butterfly Project, and Whalefest at the ONCA gallery in Brighton. I exhibit online with the Land Gallery.

Shortlisted for the Millfield International Sculpture Prize, I won the Plowden and Thompson prize for glassmaking, and West Midland Arts prize for excellence and innovation in glass sculpture.

Encouraged by the renowned ornithological artist, John Busby, I began exhibiting with the Society of Wildlife Artists, first as an Associate then, since 2009, as an elected member.

I teach drawing and carving The Birches studio in North Worcestershire where I live.


As an accredited lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), and a London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) gold medallist, I lecture throughout the U K on art, music and wildlife.

Recent comments on my lectures:
'Entertaining and informative.'
'Fantastic images.'
'Great enthusiasm, a lot of personality, and well to time.'
'A wonderful lecture in difficult circumstances. Outstanding.'
'Would love to have heard more'.

My book, Stonecarving: from Sketchbook to Sculpture, is in preparation.