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Graduate installs tribute to Creative Response founder at Gostrey Meadow

One of our graduates has designed and installed a tribute to the late Michael Francis Levett-Prinsep - the founder of Creative Response – in Farnham’s Gostrey Meadow. The cleverly designed sculpture, A Resting Place, serves as a celebration of the artist’s life and raises awareness of the significant health and community benefits generated through art and craft practice.

Carl Irving, who completed a BA (Hons) Interior Design at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design – one of UCA’s founding colleges – and is due to graduate with an MA in Metalwork next summer, created the sculpted bench using waste metal. His work will now sit permanently in the heart of Gostrey Meadow.

“I wanted to create this tribute because Michael and I share the same passion for engaging people with the arts to bring about mental and physical wellbeing,” Carl says.

“On the front of the arm is a sculpture made from various scrap metal which is there to entice touch and engage the audience. I want people to be able to feel the work and not just look or observe. I want them to connect. The use of discarded metal is important in the design as it makes us think about value. It is also reflective of the motive to reintegrate people into community through craft.”

Carl, an award-winning furniture and interior designer, first became familiar with the work of Creative Response after his own health deteriorated more than two decades ago.

“At times of deep sadness, I sat on various benches in parks and quiet places to sketch and reflect. The arts and crafts played a major part in my recovery and integration back into living with purpose. Benches have personal meaning; they are places you can gather yourself and rest and recover. They are life’s pit stops.

“I’m currently working with several charities including Creative Response and Stop Gap Dance Company to bring awareness to the wealth and diversity of creative talent and opportunity available in Farnham.”

To find out more about Carl’s work, visit

Images by Simon Painter.

Carl Irving sculpture