Peter Hibbard - biography

Peter Hibbard

Before establishing, in 2005, his home and studio at Laroque-Timbaut in southwest France, Peter lived and worked at an independent art centre in North Yorkshire, England, from where an annual programme of short courses for sculpture attracted people from all over the world and clients also came to select and commission work directly from the artist.

Peter Hibbard was born in 1945 in Sheffield. He studied sculpture at Loughborough and in London. In 1968 he was awarded a post graduate research scholarship at Zagreb in Yugoslavia and in 1972 was awarded a coveted Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship (for sculpture and carving) which provided the opportunity for three months' personal research in Japan. In 2009 Peter was awarded an Honorary Degree from Loughborough University.

Mainly working on the enlargement of sculptures, Peter Hibbard was an assistant to Henry Moore for 2 years in the late '60s, collaborating on the development of a group of his most highly regarded pieces and also in rebuilding some of the original plaster sculptures which are now on view at the Moore Centre in Toronto. Peter has also been actively involved in the development of several regional arts centres and has taught and lectured at a wide range of art colleges, universities and other educational establishments.

Sculpture and drawings by Peter Hibbard have been exhibited widely since 1965 and he has had many one-man shows, including 2 in London. His work is represented in collections throughout Europe and America. Peter Hibbard was the founder chairman of the Yorkshire Sculptors' Group and was responsible for organising and designing several of the Group's highly respected early exhibitions. Peter has also successfully completed a number of "artist in residence" commissions including carving large stone projects for the Millennium year 2000.

Work in progress, November 2011
Work in progress: using rosewood reclaimed from old furniture

In addition to his work as a professional artist, Peter has also had experience of leading successful bids for both government and European funding for an range of rural community projects.

Moving to South West France, to a village property which included a large studio/workshop in a garden setting has given the opportunity for Peter to embrace a new phase of work as a sculptor, with stone continuing to be the principal material. He is also collaborating with established artists residing in the region to develop a scheme for open studio weekends as annual local events.