Discover and support Nottinghamshire artists & makers in these ‘virtual studios’ and by exploring the OSNotts website – if physical visits become possible these will be announced here and on our social media channels.

Virtual Open Studio on 22-23 May
– alongside fellow Harley Artists: Jane Withers & Michael Hanmer, Kyra Cane, Rachel Wood and Phil Neal

Michelle ReaderSCULPTURE
Colourful and characterful large-scale recycled sculptures made from household and industrial waste materials.
Unit 4 East Workshops, Harley Foundation Studios, Welbeck, Worksop S80 3LW
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I have been making unique figurative sculptures from waste materials for over 22 years. I studied Fine Art at De Montfort University, a few years later moving to London to take an MA in Scenography (design for performance) at Central St Martins, the legacy of which has been a continuing interest in interactive installations and visual storytelling.  I relocated to Nottinghamshire in the summer of 2017.  I make sculptures for businesses and events created from waste materials relevant to the client, encouraging people to consider the environmental impact as well as the creative potential of the materials they throw away.


I work from the Harley Foundation Studios on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire near Worksop.  It is a large purpose-built workshop space on two levels which is totally self-contained. It gives me the space to work on large sculptures, store work for exhibitions and prepare for community workshops.


My sculptures made from waste materials are often representations of the natural world – for example a bumblebee with umbrella spoke antennae and face made from a respirator; a goat with an inner-tube beard and bike seat head on top of a mountain made largely from fly-tipped white goods.

If you are interested in this work, please contact the artist directly through the links above.


Open Studio: virtually on 22-23 May

During 2020 and into 2021 I have been creating work for a solo exhibition at the Harley Gallery, entitled Force of Nature, that was originally due to open in July 2020. Due to the pandemic it has been postponed until 2022. I’ve uploaded two videos showing the making of two of the pieces, Wild Goat and Bearded Vulture. The goat, on a mountain of electrical waste, is made partly from fly-tipped household waste found on Nottinghamshire nature reserves, and the vulture is inspired by Vigo, the female bearded vulture that flew over from the Alps and spent a few weeks in the Peak District last summer.