John W. Mills at work, by Chris Frazer Smith

John W. Mills at work

John W Mills – Sculptor to the Nation

This exhibition is an in-depth look at the work of John W Mills, a sculptor who has lived and worked in Hinxworth for many years. He is best known for his national commissions including ‘The Women of World War II’ monument in Whitehall, London and ‘The National Firefighters Memorial ‘at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. He has also designed a number of Royal Mint coins including the D-Day 50 pence coin. Sculptures made from bronze, resin, terracotta and plaster will be on display and will include a model for The Women of World War II; Tommy, Charlie Chaplin and a self-portrait.

Born in 1933, John W Mills has dedicated his life to sculpture and design work with a career spanning over 60 years. He studied at Hammersmith School of Art and the Royal College of Art, eventually teaching art across the UK and the USA. His work has won awards from the Royal Society of British Sculptors and the Royal Society of Arts and has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

The free exhibition runs from 23 February to 27 April and is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Entrance to the exhibition is via Hitchin Town Hall in Brand Street, Hitchin. Please call ahead on 01462 474554 for information on disabled access.

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