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  • Born in Prestatyn, north Wales, 11 January


  • Attended Foxhunt Manor School, run by the Xaverian Brotherhood to prepare children for the secondary school, Mayfield College


  • Attended Mayfield College


  • Studied architecture and then switched to sculpture at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts until 1958


  • Worked in Beer, Devon as a boat hand then moved to Bristol doing a variety of jobs, including van driving, working in a bakery and labouring on building sites continued making sculpture


  • Moved to London, attended Anthony Caro’s Friday evening experimental classes at St Martin’s School of Art. Visited Canada and worked on building sites in Montreal, returned to Bristol modelled clay heads of friends, made constructions, began writing concrete poetry and worked as a model at Bristol School of Art


  • Married Sue Lewis, student at Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol
  • Lived in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, and, as resident of the county, he received grant to attend Saint Martin's School of Art, London


  • Studied at Saint Martin's School of Art and modelled for life drawing classes until 1966


  • Daughter, Samantha, later known as Flan born


  • Left Saint Martin's School of Art with Vocational Diploma in Sculpture (Hons)
  • Participated, with Yoko Ono and Tony Cox, in 'Destruction in Art Symposium', organised by Gustav Metzger and John Sharkey at Africa Centre, Covent Garden
  • First solo exhibition, Rowan Gallery, London


  • Daughter, Tara, born
  • Given Menashe Kadishman's teaching day at Central School of Art and Crafts, London, during his absence in Israel
  • Taught at Saint Martin's School of Art and at Central School of Art and Crafts until 1971


  • First bronze work, a portrait of Emlyn Lewis, cast by Henry Abercrombie at Central School of Art and Crafts foundry
  • First visit to New York for exhibition at Fishbach Gallery
  • 'aaing j gni aa' purchased by Tate Gallery, London
  • Included in 'Land Art', Gerry Schum's Video Gallery exhibition at Fernsehagaleriem, Berlin, with the film 'A Hole in the Sea'


  • First visit to Japan for Tokyo Biennale 'Between Man and Matter' exhibition
  • First etchings produced at Saint Martin's School of Art


  • Contributed a film to John and Barbara Latham's Artists' Placement Group presentation 'INNO 70' with Alan Seckers at Hayward Gallery, London


  • Awarded Gulbenkian Foundation grant to work with dance group 'Strider' in London; choreographed two pieces


  • Went to Pietrasanta, New York, to undertake commission from Stewart Mason; started carving again at Balderi's Yard


  • Brief tutoring with potter Ann Stokes


  • Left London for Northamptonshire; produced group of ceramics and carved local stone
  • Resigned from Rowan Gallery


  • Returned to London
  • Became associated with Waddington and Tooth Galleries, London


  • Retrospective exhibition, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; toured in different format to Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, and Serpentine Gallery, London
  • Produced first sheet metal pieces


  • Imported three ton stock of stone selected by Sem Ghelardini from his yard in Pietrasanta
  • Made large metal piece at Brown and Tawse in east London; subsequently purchased by Ulster Museum, Belfast


  • Began bronze casting in London at A&A Sculpture Casting
  • First 'Leaping Hare' cast, 7 November


  • First exhibition of bronzes; solo exhibition at Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
  • First solo exhibition at Waddington Galleries, London
  • Commissioned by City of Ghent to produce outdoor sculpture in steel for Sint Pietersplein, Ghent, Belgium
  • Began studies for life-size bronze horse 'in tribute to the Horses of San Marco'
  • Sculpture 'Camdonian' commissioned by Camden Borough Council for Lincoln's Inn Fields, London


  • Produced first carvings in Sem Ghelardini's atelier, Pietrasanta
  • Study visit to Washington DC to see Rodin exhibition at National Gallery of Art


  • Photographed by Lord Snowdon for 'Vogue Magazine'
  • Represented Britain at Venice Biennale; exhibition of stone and bronze sculptures 1973-1981 in the British Pavilion, organised by British Council
  • Donated group of ceramic sculptures to public auction organised for Amnesty International, 25 November


  • Interviewed by Melvyn Bragg for 'South Bank Show', London Weekend Television, 23 January
  • Helped select sculpture in Oxford Schools Project
  • Made weathervane for building designed by Alan Sutton to house Tate Gallery exhibition 'Making Sculpture'
  • Produced illustrated broadsheet presenting Seamus Heaney's translation from Middle English of 'The Names of the Hare'
  • 'Harebell on Portland Stone Piers' purchased by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond


  • Participated in Liverpool International Garden Festival
  • Marble sculptures installed at Watlington Park, Oxfordshire
  • Two bronze sculptures, 'Baby Elephant' and 'Hare on Bell', installed at Equitable Life Tower West, New York
  • 'Nine Foot Hare' bronze sculpture installed in atrium of Victoria Plaza, London
  • 'Baby Elephant' purchased by Art Institute of Chicago
  • 'Horse and Cougar' installed in grounds of Setagaya Museum, Tokyo


  • Helped judge Bath Sculpture Competition


  • Son, Alfred, born to Renate Widmann, DADD exchange painting student at RCA, London
  • Bronze sculpture 'The Boxing Ones' installed at Capability Green, Luton Hoo Estate, Bedfordshire


  • Moved to Ibiza with Renate Widmann
  • Elected Associate of Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 'Kouros Horse', now known as 'Field Day I', installed at Hasbro Bradley, Stockley Park, Uxbridge
  • 'Large Boxing Hare on Anvil' purchased by Baltimore Museum of Art


  • Daughter, Annabelle, born to Renate Widmann
  • 'Bronze Horse' purchased by UBS, Broadgate
  • 'Leaping Hare on a Crescent and Bell' installed at Broadgate Centre, London


  • Set up Copperfield Studio, London, with daughter Flan Flanagan and nephew Barry Edward Flanagan
  • 'Vizitor' commissioned for Les Halles, Paris
  • Participated in 'Self-Portrait', Channel 4 documentary, 27 August


  • Two bronze 'Leaping Hare' sculptures commissioned by Kawakyu Company, Osaka, for main entrance to hotel on Japanese coast
  • 'The Sculler', a hare trophy based on Rodin's 'The Thinker', presented by artist to Jesus College Boat Club, Cambridge
  • Invited to create work - 'Stage Door Johnny' - for refurbishment of The Ivy restaurant, London


  • 'The Bowler' purchased by Centre Européen d'Actions Artistiques Contemporaines, Strasbourg
  • Elected to Royal Academy of Arts and awarded the Order of the British Empire


  • Group of hare sculptures placed outside Business Design Centre, Islington, for 'Art '92'
  • Visited Llorens Artigas Foundation, Gallifa, Spain
  • 'Kouros Horse' donated to town council of Santa Eulalia, Ibiza
  • 'The Cricketer' temporarily installed outside British Council's new head offices, Manchester
  • 'Untitled' 1990 purchased by Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 'Hare on Pyramid' purchased by Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas


  • 'Small Nijinski Hare' purchased by National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
  • Major retrospective exhibition organised by Fundación 'la Caixa', Madrid, in collaboration with British Council; touring to Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, in 1994


  • 'Large Mirror Nijinski' purchased by British Council, Madrid
  • Exhibition on Park Avenue, 54th to 59th Street, New York; organised by Avenue Association and British Council in cooperation with Waddington Galleries


  • 'Untitled' 1990 donated to Chelsea Arts Club, London
  • Horse, (Mirrored) (Cow Girls: Sheep Boys) donated to Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
  • 'The Cricketer' 1989 donated to Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Exhibition in Grant Park, Chicago; organized by Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, in cooperation with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Chicago Park District


  • Exhibition of works in the Tate Collection, Tate Gallery, Liverpool


  • Represented in 'Field Day: Sculpture from Britain' organised by Taipei Fine Arts Museum and British Council
  • 'Barry Flanagan, Seeing Round Corners' opened at Waddington Galleries


  • Major retrospective exhibition opened at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany; touring to Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, in 2003


  • 'Barry Flanagan, Linear Sculptures in Bronze and Stone Carvings' opened at Waddington Galleries


  • 'Mini-retrospective' opened at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent


  • Large survey exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, opened in June in conjunction with an installation of ten sculptures on O'Connell Street and Parnell Square in Dublin, organised by Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane
  • A copy of 'Drummer' 1996 installed at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire


  • 'Left-Handed Drummer' installed at south-east corner of Union Square, New York, to coincide with solo exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery
  • Made Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge


  • 'Large Mirror Nijinski' 1992 installed outside British Council offices, Spring Street, London
  • Died 31 August, Ibiza