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The ORIGIN exhibition with John Martin Gallery opens at Cromwell Place, London on Tuesday 21st September and runs until Sunday 26th September.

Twelve marble heads will be exhibited.

Visit the online viewing room.

"I have not set out to carve a likeness of anyone … it is only when I stand back that I see someone. Someone new, or old … I realise that for me they seem timeless … from any era; race and gender unclear, shifting and ambiguous."

William Peers carving one of the marble heads

Recent films

William has launched a YouTube channel to showcase his short films:

'Origin XIII':

'Origin VI':

"Earlier this year the British sculptor, William Peers, embarked on one of his most demanding works - a monumental carving of a single head drawn entirely from his imagination.

For four months, the artist's son, Sacha, filmed the development of the work in his father's studio, recording the slow transformation of a 1,500 kilo marble block into a sculpture of exceptional power.

Entitled 'Origin VI', the sculpture is being shown for the first time in Grosvenor Square during June as part of the Mayfair Sculpture Trail." 

John Martin Gallery


An insight into William's trip exploring the quarries of Carrara, Italy to choose stone for shipping back to Cornwall.

'Journey of a sculptor':

A ten minute film produced for Bryanston school, as part of a film programme for their aspiring art school students. In it he maps his path to becoming a sculptor, and offers some advice for young people hoping to enter the arts.



A short film connected to William’s exhibition ‘Fanfare’ (Everard Read London), describing the process of carving in marble can be played below.

Marble buying

William buys his marble from Italy or Portugal. He spends a few days at the quarries with the stone merchants, picking over the yards looking for suitable blocks. There is a huge variation in price depending on the quality and size of the block. When he started out, William would fill a lorry with marble from the scrap heap: blocks that were commercially useless but fine for carving. Now he looks for blocks that fit the exact size and colouration he requires.  

Marble quarry, Estremoz, Portugal. Photo by William Carey

Once the stone is chosen it is cut and then put on a train, or lorry to be transported to Cornwall.  The maximum weight of stone that William can handle is 6 tons – the weight that two forklifts can raise together.

Unloading marble in Cornwall

Sculpture in Sweden

‘Orbit’ travelled to Sweden to take part in Udden Skulptur 2013. This exhibition took place in an old stone quarry on the shores of Hunnebostrand, on the west coast of Sweden. It was an international exhibition featuring eleven artists from six countries around the North Sea: the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.

Orbit at Udden Skulptur 2013

Films about William Peers sculpture

There is a five minute film about William and his approach to making sculpture. The film was produced for the John Martin Gallery for his exhibition ‘Carving in Marble’ in 2014.

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Articles on William Peers sculpture

Perfect English Farmhouse, chapter on William Peers“Perfect English Farmhouse” by Ros Byam Shaw and Jan Baldwin

Published by Ryland, Peters and Small, 2012

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards they shape us,’ said Winston Churchill, arguing for the reconstruction of the old House of Commons, which had been destroyed in the blitz. It’s a quote that sculptor William Peers finds especially appealing.”

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Cornwall Today, article on William Peers, sculptor“Organic Matters” by Alice Westgate

Published in Cornwall Today, April 2010

‘‘I like organic surfaces,” says William Peers. “Curved surfaces are soft and easy on the eye, but square shapes and sharp corners seem too harsh.”

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Day-96n-PS“Day 96” by Charlotte Hobson

Published as the catalogue introduction for the '100 Days: Sketched in Marble' exhibition, April 2010

"8 am In the chill blue light of a January morning, William Peers’s workshop lies under a layer of white dust. On shelves and laid out on the floor are the sculptures created on days 1- 95; around them tools, children’s toys, a bicycle - all of it transformed by dust, whitened and stilled..."

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Country-Living-PS“Labour of Love” by Sue Gilkes and Polly Wreford

Published in Country Living, November 2008

"A patient approach and an ability to turn his hand to traditional skills has enabled a sculptor and his family to restore a Cornish farmhouse with sensitivity and style…"

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