Laurence Broderick

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Laurence Broderick

Sculptor Laurence Broderick with his bronze Birmingham Bullring Bull sculpture.jpg
Broderick with The Bull
Born1935 (age 83–84)
Bristol, England
EducationBembridge School
Alma mater

Laurence Broderick, MRBS FRSA, is a British sculptor. His best known work is 'The Bull', a public sculpture erected in 2003 at the Bull Ring, Birmingham. His work consists largely of figurative carvings in stone and editions in bronze.

Early life[edit]

Broderick was born in Bristol, in the west of England in 1935, and attended Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight.He studied painting, illustration and sculpture under Ray Millard and Geoffrey Deeley at the Regent Street Polytechnic from 1952 to 1957 and with Sidney Harpley and Keith Godwin at the Hammersmith School of Art from 1964 to 1965.


Broderick began his artistic career as an historical and educational illustrator and painter. He taught Art at the Haberdashers' Aske's School in Cricklewood from 1959 and Elstree from 1961 and was Director of Art there from 1965 to 1981. He continued working as a freelance artist and sculptor throughout this period and became a full-time sculptor in 1981.

Predominantly a stone carver, working with many types of stone including: Marble, Alabaster, Soapstone, Hopton Wood and Ancaster Limestone he also models in clay, plasticine, plaster and wax for casting in bronze.

In 1983 he competed as part of the British snow sculpture team during The Quebec Winter Carnival. The team gained second place.

Broderick is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In 1978 Broderick visited the Isle of Skye with his young family in 1978 where saw his first wild otter. It was just off the Island of Ornsay, once owned by Gavin Maxwell, the Scottish naturalist and author best known for his work with otters. Skye became Broderick's second home and he held annual sculpture exhibitions on the island for 26 years. He now divides his time between studios on Skye and Waresley near Cambridge, England.

Broderick is joint president of the International Otter Survival Fund, a charity dedicated to the conservation, protection and care of otters in the UK and around the world.

Commissions and Collections[edit]

Maxwell Otter at ADC Engineering Aberdeen
Leaping salmon, Chester Business Park
Lord Philimore, bronze portrait
Indian Elephant Calf, Collection Royal Caribbean International
Otter Sculpture unveiling by HRH Princess Anne Loch Lomond
Madonna of the Magnificat, Dunstable Priory
Lord Macdonald, bronze portrait
International Tennis Federation World Champion Trophies 2009
Snow Elephants 1983 Quebec Winter Carnival


Group shows with the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Contemporary Portrait Society, Society of Wildlife Artists and the Royal West of England Academy.

Exhibitions in Scotland, England, Jersey, France, Monaco, Germany, USA and Canada.


  1. ^ a b Bourke, Fionnuala (18 August 2013). "Bully sculptor is raging over 'mean Bullring birthday snub - Birmingham Mail". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 24 August 2013.

Published works[edit]

Works containing Broderick's illustrations[edit]

  • Ports and Harbours. Macdonald Phoebus.
  • Henry Purcell and his Times. Hamish Hamilton.
  • Uncle Matt's Mountain. New York St Martin's Press.
  • Persia The Immortal Kingdom. New York Graphic Society Publishers.
  • Everyday Life in Imperial Japan. Hippocrene Books Inc.
  • Everyday Life in Traditional Japan. Tuttle Publishing.

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