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A Biography

Chris Knight. MA (RCA) FRSA

Genre: Research Article

Article by: Dave Roberts - First Published: 22 October 2011

Born: 1964

In 2004 he created the Corten steel sculpture titled 'Sheaf Tree' which is now in the public location of Brewery Wharf, Leeds.

Chris Knight studied silversmithing and Jewellery at Sheffield City Polytechnic 1983-1987.

Travelled to the United States where he worked as a Designer/Goldsmith 1988-1990.

He returned to the UK to complete postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art 1990-1992.

He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Silversmithing & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a Director of Si Applied Ltd.

His work has been exhibited extensively and features in the collections of Birmingham City Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Shipley Collection, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, The P&O Makower Trust, The Rabinovitch Collection, The Crafts Council, Sheffield Assay Office, Sheffield Museums & Galleries, Aberdeen City Art Gallery, Norwich Castle Museum, The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, St Augustine Church, St Mary's Church - New York, and The Musee Des Arts Decoratifs.

Chris worked with Brett Payne and Keith Tyssen to create the largest public sculpture in South Yorkshire the ‘Cutting Edge'.  Produced through their company: Si Applied Ltd, which they formed as a partnership in 2002.

In 2007 Chris led the Design Team responsible for the new St. Leger Trophy for Doncaster Racecourse.

Chris is a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, past Chairman of the Association of British Designer Silversmiths.

In 2005 Chris Knight was short-listed for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize in recognition of his contribution to metalwork.
Winner the Museums Sheffield National Metalwork Award in 2010.
Awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.
Guardian of Sheffield Assay Office.

Since 1997 he has diversified his work to include the design of Architectural and Public Artwork, commissions which include many substantial public sculptures including the ‘Sheaf Tree' in Leeds.

While working on the creation of Sheaf Tree Chris named the piece: Corten Tree because it is sculpted from Corten Steel.  Unsatisfied with his own title, whilst admitting he is not very good at naming pieces, he threw the challenge open to the people of Leeds through a competition in the local press.  The eventual winner was decided upon and the piece is now officially named: Sheaf Tree.


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