Alan Evans is a leading artist blacksmith. He was born in 1952 and brought up in an “Arts and Crafts Movement” household in the Whiteway colony. On leaving Shoreditch Teacher Training college he was offered workshop space in exchange for “help with heavy work” by Alan Knight the blacksmith from Worcestershire.
He set up his own forge in 1978 and began working almost exclusively in iron, he was one of the few makers at the time designing and making original / site - specific architectural ironwork rather than the (still prevalent) sub - eighteenth century style. In 1980 he was selected for the Crafts Council Index and shortly after won the design competition for the Saint Paul’s Cathedral treasury gates sponsored by the Crafts Council.
He has subsequently had a number of major commissions which range between trophies for the Royal Society of Arts, a 1.75 tonne cross / finial for the dome of the new City Church in Milton Keynes, entrance gates and bridge railings for the New Public Record Office at Kew and entrance features for the Art Gallery and the General Hospital in Cheltenham.
His work is mainly site specific. Initially this took the form of a fairly graphic response or reaction to the features of the adjacent architecture or landscape. In later years the work has developed into a more intuitive or emotional response to the site and is heavily guided with the way people interact with the spaces concerned.