Hayley Gibbs

2016 QEST Kirby Laing Foundation Scholar - Stone carving

Hayley is a sculptor based in south London working in bronze and stone. Creating both figurative and ornamental work for private commissions and public installations.
She finds particular interest and purpose in creating work of social and historical importance.

After studying Fine Art and working as a sculptor in the entertainment industries, she elected to study Historic Carving at City & Guilds of London Art School (CGLAS), renowned for their training in heritage skills. Hayley’s QEST Scholarship supported her in her third year (2016), enabling further study and skill development.

Since CGLAS Hayley has had the pleasure of working for, and with, fellow artisans to remake and restore a number of Britain’s heritage buildings.  She has also been developing her own practice and branched out into public sculpture. Her first solo public work, a statue of Nancy Astor on Plymouth Hoe, was unveiled by Theresa May in November 2019.

The fantastic support from QEST has enabled me to develop my skills and knowledge, which in turn empowered me to push my career in new directions. I have a real passion for the craft and history of stone carving and I’m looking forward to incorporating this further in my work.