AFRICAN SCULPTERS AMONG THOSE TRYING TO IMPRESS THE JUDGES AND PUBLIC WITH FROZEN WORKS OF ART

London Ice Sculpting Festival has named its line-up for 2011, to be held in Canary Wharf on 13-15 January.

Leading sculptors from the United Kingdom, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal and interestingly, Africa, will carve icy works of art on the theme Love London! over two days, 14 and 15 January. A sculptor from each team will also take part in a two hour speed sculpting session from 3.30pm on 13 January on the theme Pedal Power.

The third annual London Ice Sculpting Festival also returns with the exciting addition of the Public Choice Award, which allows Festival visitors to vote for their favourite Love London! ice sculpture.

One lucky voter will win an amazing 3-night holiday for two at the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland, announced at the prize giving ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, 15 January.

Event co-organiser Carol Cordrey said “The sculptors will have their skills tested to the full at this year’s Festival as they participate in not one, but two demanding competitions. A spectacular two hour speed sculpting session on the theme Pedal Power launches the Festival on 13 January. Then we expect some real creativity around Love London!, as the sculptors explore in ice the themes that make our city great.”

Judging the Pedal Power competition will be Prof. Richard Wentworth, acclaimed sculptor and Head of Sculpture at London’s world famous Royal College of Art, and Cordrey, who is an Art Critic and writer.

Judging the ‘Love London!’ sculptures alongside the public will be; David Mach, a Royal Academician and one of our most innovative sculptors, exemplified by his nine foot tall, terrifyingly realistic King Kong styled gorilla – the star attraction at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2010; Ben Dearnley, one of our most talented young sculptors who was selected by Lloyds TSB (London 2012 sponsor) to take part in its Art for Sport programme – a facet of our London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; Camille Waxer, Vice President of Retail at Canary Wharf Group, which recently won the Christies’s International Art and Work Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme; And Art Critic and writer Carol Cordrey.

Cordrey says: “The sculptors handle powerful chainsaws, chipping tools and delicate chisels with immense skill. The African team is based in France, but will bring tropical and unconventional flair to the competition. The Netherlands are the reigning champions and will be hard to beat, and of course there will be home town support for the UK, which has the only all-woman team. This is a unique opportunity to see ice sculptures created at a UK art event – don’t miss it!”

London Ice Sculpting Festival 2011 – Event Details

Thursday 13 January

3.30 – 5.30pm – Speed sculpting on the theme ‘Pedal Power’

Friday 14 January

9am – 7pm – Festival Competition – Day 1: Live Carving, Canada Square Park on the theme ‘Love London!’
11am – 5pm – Masterclasses at 2 locations – Canada Square Park & Jubilee Place Shopping Mall and Live Carving Demonstration – Canada Place Shopping Mall

Saturday 15 January

8am – 3pm – Festival Competition – Day 2: Live Carving, Canada Square Park on the theme ‘Love London!’
11am – 5pm – Master classes at 2 locations – Canada Square Park & Jubilee Place Shopping Mall and Live Carving Demonstration – Canada Place Shopping Mall

Saturday 15 January

3pm – Prize giving ceremony

Free Masterclasses

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 January
11am – 5pm Masterclasses, Canada Square Park & Jubilee Place Retail Mall

* Children must be 12+ and accompanied by an adult. Workshops take place on the hour, 20 minutes and 40 minutes past. The last masterclass begins at 4.40pm. Booking is first come, first served; simply sign up when you arrive.

For more information visit

www.londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk For further information, please contact: Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
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