Statue creator shares secrets

Graham Ibbeson with his statue of William Webb Ellis
Graham Ibbeson with his statue of William Webb Ellis
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Acclaimed sculptor Graham Ibbeson has opened a new exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

Ibbeson created Rugby’s bronze statue of William Webb Ellis, commemorating the moment a young Webb Ellis picked up the ball at Rugby School and ran.

The Graham Ibbeson Exhibition gives a unique insight into how the statue was produced, with Ibbeson’s original drawings, photographs and models giving a unique glimpse of the sculptor’s creative process.

Barnsley-based Ibbeson, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, has created sculptures of a number of famous figures, including comedians Les Dawson and Benny Hill, and cricket legends Fred Trueman and Dickie Bird.

His most famous work, a statue of Eric Morecambe, was unveiled in the comedian’s home town of Morecambe by the Queen.

Graham Ibbeson visits Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday to give a free talk about his work. The talk starts at 2pm and places must be booked in advance by calling Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217 or emailing visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk

The Graham Ibbeson Exhibition runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until January 9.