Specialist fabricators and producers of fine art and design
One of the perks of being an artist based in one of the most populated artist studios in the country is the wealth of talent and expertise available right on the doorstep; when an artist is unsure how to achieve something there is a knowledge pool to tap into for help and advice. In that pool are Lisa Scantlebury and Mark Plenderleith. The pair met in 2000 working as model makers on Aardman Animations’ acclaimed feature Chicken Run. Lisa was an artist with a studio at Spike Island and they began co-producing some of her work. Noticing the quality of the work and the broad skillset they employed, it wasn’t long before other artists in the building began to enlist their help. In 2004 Plenderleith Scantlebury was officially born.
Fast forward and they have an impressive portfolio under their belts; for industry, they’ve made more models and props for Aardman, as well as Discover, East London and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and film props for Trampires due for release 2018, Engie Benjy and Harvest Films’ Hamilton Mattress. Their advertising client list reads like a Who’s Who of household names including The London Underground, Comet, Lodine, Kodak and Sainsburys.
They have worked on a range of projects with curators, galleries, arts consultants and museums on production and display and their popular workshops attract people from across the UK. But it’s their work with contemporary artists where Plenderleith Scantlebury truly find their niche and this is what makes them particularly special fabricators. They’ve worked with renowned artists Harrison and Wood, Mariele Neudecker, Annie Cattrell, Bedwyr Williams, Steven Claydon, Marcus Coates and Daphne Wright as well as many of the artists on Spike Island’s residency programme, producing a plethora of works in woods, metals, silicones, cast resins and plastics, acrylic and fibreglass. The diversity of their projects is phenomenal; from traditional sculptures to stunt doubles. More and more frequently emerging artists are enlisting their expertise for one-off pieces.
Lisa is an accomplished artist in her own right with a recent significant commission from Locws International. This insightful perspective coupled with the expertise of a decades experience makes Plenderleith Scantlebury uniquely positioned to understand the diverse needs and ways of working employed in contemporary art practice today. That they rely for all of their commissions on word-of- mouth recommendations is testament to both their knowledge of the art world and the quality of their craftsmanship.
The days when most artists specialised are gone; today’s artists forefront ideas and many have broad practices to match, employing a range of techniques and materials in their work. We live in an ever-changing, fast-paced world where being an artist involves as much administration as research and production. Artists have to weigh up the value of learning a new skill, against the likelihood that they will need it again and the time and expense taken to acquire it. Sometimes it makes sense to consult the experts.
A bespoke service like Plenderleith Scantlebury’s broadens the horizons of possibility for artists, particularly those at the start of their careers who might be constrained by their own limited skillset. An affordable consultation aids the process of thinking outside of an artists own restrictions; engaging with the concepts, materials and contexts of the work at a level that only an industry insider could, the fabricators problem solve and advise the artist on the best, cheapest, strongest or otherwise most appropriate methods and materials for the work. Sometimes the consultation is all the artist needs. Other times they commission the work for production; a process the artist is welcome to be a part of.
Plenderleith Scantlebury allow artists to dare to imagine the impossible.
Written by Julie McCalden, artist and writer.
Lisa Scantlebury, Director
Mark Plenderleith, Director
"Plenderleith Scantlebury are incredibly talented, kind, and very perspective fabricators. They made Future Memorial the gorgeous work that it is, by understanding my vision, and creating with such care a modern day equivalent cast of a Victorian Grave ornament- it was a pleasure to work with them!"
— Julia Vogl
"Plenderleith Scantlebury were an absolute pleasure to work with for my Guardians project. I knew that my mould would have to not only be extremely robust for my concrete casting, but also that the casters would have to be extremely sensitive and careful to the original statue. Plenderleith Scantlebury had extensive knowledge about the appropriate materials and techniques to use for my mould and were painstakingly thorough in their approach. Their experience working with artists meant that they intuitively understood what I needed for my project and it was reassuring to receive regular updates about progress. They were also able to advise about future maintenance and care of the mould to prolong its life. I would recommend their work without hesitation."
— Rebecca Moss