2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Art in Manufacturing: Wave Sweeper, Sapien (AKA Steve Anwar) + SWS UK

Sapien is the alias and studio of artist and sculptor Steve Anwar, a maker of solid steel sculptures inspired by ethereal weightlessness.

Born and raised in Sheffield’s Brutalist Kelvin Flats, he is interested in exposing boundary lines between opposing elements: mind and matter, nature and machinery, steel and spirit. After discovering meditation as an aid to recovery in his own severely debilitating illness, Anwar is also an experienced meditation teacher with 17 years of dedicated practice.

Inspired by folkloric stories unearthed during his residency with SWS UK – manufacturer of garage doors, roller shutters and retractable gates with a proximity to the River Lune – Sapien AKA Steve Anwar has created a new steel sculpture.

Representing warriors of Manx mythology, Wave Sweeper is an expression of both the manufacturer’s place in rural Lancashire and its wider geographic ties, as well as the artist’s practice, informed by the opposing elements of mind and matter, nature and machinery, steel and spirit.



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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