Roger Hardy - Suffolk artist

Wednesday, 14 August 2019


Went back to take some more photos yesterday as the sun was shining. The figures within the hut were glowing. Receiving lots of attention. Many of the 'next generation' were very involved which is great. It will be staying at Snape for a month.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019


The Siren installation has now travelled to Snape Maltings. The re location went very smoothly thanks to a good team of helpers.
Really pleased with the way it looks on the lawn in front of the concert hall. It takes on quite a different feeling after its previous home on the beach at Aldeburgh. Rather than completely fitting into the landscape, it sits proudly slightly at odds with its setting. This to me works well as it stands out as a piece, rather than blending in. Having said that, it does seem as though it has always been there and quite at home.
A great honour to be next to the reclining Henry Moore bronze. Thank you Snape Maltings for having the 'hut'. It's somewhere I have always wanted to site a sculpture.

Thursday, 8 August 2019


Really great to have SIREN on the BBC Look East programme last night. Was fun being interviewed and having the opportunity to communicate my thoughts behind the installation and how it came about. Any air time is fantastic. Thank you to the amazing Devi Singh for arranging and running the creative side of Siren so well. It has been quite a journey. And it's not over yet!!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019


Here are some more photos of the SIREN hut installation. Opening night tonight.
Will be on the beach until end of Sunday. Then onto Snape Maltings.

Monday, 5 August 2019


The SIEN installation is now on the beach at Aldeburgh. It went up well yesterday, with lots of help from strong people. Seems quite at home on the beach. The opening is on Tuesday the 6th, 6.45. when the sculpture within will be revealed.
Next Monday it will travel to Snape Maltings, outside the concert hall.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019


I am back in the studio working on a new series of sculptures.
Having spent the last 3 months nearly working on the large installation for the Siren calling festival.

It's good to get back to the studio and consider new thoughts and ideas. All with a common thread of the 'time & tide series'.

Collected some new material to ponder...

Thursday, 18 July 2019


I have an exhibition at the LOOKOUT in Aldeburgh at the weekend. I will be there on Saturday from 11.00 - 4.00. Showing some new sculptures as part of Caroline Wisemans Summer show.

                            Watcher. River wood and plaster 2019.

Saturday, 13 July 2019


Very pleased to be part of SIREN CALLING. I am creating an installation that will be on unveiled at the press launch on Aldeburgh beach on the 6th August.
Check out for more.

Sunday, 23 June 2019


Amedeo Castellani came to the studio last week to take a portrait photograph. Great to see 'old' 5x4 negative film being used. He is a master of the craft.

Sunday, 16 June 2019


The outside of the studio is getting consumed by finds too.
I need to build an extension on the side to create some more room. Will give it a clear roof and windows on the north side. A project for the end of summer when I have a bit of time.

Monday, 10 June 2019


Here is a recent find on the beach at high tide in Aldeburgh. A well worn piece of bone.
It is easy to see how Henry Moore was so inspired by such finds on Norfolks beaches.
I remember seeing a pile of his finds in the maquette studio at Perry Green last year. The natural world has so much inspiration of course, and always seems to provide the answers to form.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019


Not sure what theses are. Found them on the beach today at Aldeburgh.
Are they ray skulls, or other type of fish.
They are lovely forms, strange to find 3 in a short space along the tide line.
I did see a few dogfish washed up too which was sad to see.

Longest one is 6 inches.

Sunday, 5 May 2019


Had a very interesting 'in conversation' event at Gallery East yesterday with fellow artist Jane Human. It was a full house. Always good to give context and process to work and people engaged fully, with lots of questions and comment which was great.

Saturday, 20 April 2019


Here are some elements in the studio. Collected over time. The bottom piece is an elbow from an old fishing boat in Aldeburgh. A nice find over the Easter period.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019


Here is an area of drying wood that I have collected over quite a period of time. It can take a few months to dry the larger pieces. When they are nearly dry, I select some pieces and bring them into the studio for consideration. Not all pieces make the grade, but most seem to have their place.

Friday, 12 April 2019


Had a good afternoon collecting material at my 'outdoor studio' on the River Alde. Hadn't been for a few weeks, so I found several very interesting pieces. All now pressure washed and will be stored in the outdoor area of the studio to dry out slowly. This process can take months.

Always inspiring being out in the landscape. Lots of wildlife, sounds, smells and fresh air.

Thursday, 11 April 2019


Here is my selection of ground earth pigments.
Adding depth and natural colour to my work.


Here are some detail photos of a recent sculpture in progress with 4 layers of different art pigments.

Monday, 1 April 2019

AMBER and other finds...

Had a good morning on the beach and walking in Dunwich Heath. Had some good finds.
A very luck piece of amber. Plan to set off for a late afternoon beach walk today too, while the sun is still out. Fingers crossed for some more interesting finds.

Friday, 22 March 2019


Here are some detail photos of a recent sculpture in progress. Building up layers of earth pigments. Picks up the detail in the texture of the sea worm holes that pepper he piece of wood. I think it is a piece of old oak. Probably a fragment of ships timber. It is very dark, suggesting it has been on the sea bed under mud for a long time, until the recent storms on the East coast.

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