Captured movement, time worn hands, overworked feet, flowing lines; much of Stephen’s anatomical sculpture has been informed by the hard physical and artistic demands of his former career in dance.

Stephen was trained in classical and contemporary dance at the Ballet Rambert School, London. He danced with Scottish Ballet and has performed, directed and choreographed contemporary, classical and other dance works around the world.

This was followed by a career as a property solicitor with his own firm and later as a partner and head of department in the leading East Anglian firm of Ellisons. Stephen has been a director and trustee of various charitable companies and trusts associated with the arts.

Echoes of his experiences resonate through many of his pieces with humour, pathos, joy and sadness; all part of his observation of the human condition.

Man with ruff. Bronze
Anne’s foot. Bronze
Man with big boot. Clay.   



I moved from London to the Colchester area in my early teens and went to Manningtree School,  where I became Head Boy, followed by further education at the Colchester Institute.  Since then, apart from my time working away in the world of dance, I have lived and worked locally.

Married with two grown-up children, I am retired from practice as a solicitor and  enjoy  travel, the arts, cycling, skiing, tennis and of course sculpting.  

I get great fulfillment from the creative and practical challenges of sculpting and the forms and lines of my anatomical works are an oblique link with my former life in dance.

I retired as  the secretary of Colchester Arts’ Centre Limited colchesterartscentre.com, 37 years after forming the company. It has become one of the country’s leading art centres under the creative direction of Anthony Roberts.  I am also a director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust Limited  catuk.org  and very glad to be involved with the Trust at such an interesting time in its history following the discovery of the Roman Circus under the able direction of Philip Crummy.

For over 10 years I was a director of the Victor Batte Lay Foundation vblfcollection.org.uk  , wearetheminories.org which owns the beautiful and vibrant Minories Art Gallery in Colchester, as well as an important art collection focusing on East Anglian artists 

As a director and trustee of the Hervey Benham Charitable Trust (herveybenhamtrust.org.uk) I am privileged to be a part of a process that helps to support and nurture our local artistic, cultural, maritime and environmental heritage by giving grants to both individuals and institutions.

I am very lucky to live in such an interesting area  with its diverse and gentle beauty  supporting a caring and very vibrant and flourishing arts community.

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During the 20th century, stone fragments of the head of the goddess Isis were unearthed in the grounds of Colchester Grammar School. Colchester Archaeological Trust commissioned Stephen to recreate a head of the goddess, based on those fragments, and archaeologically researched drawings of her face made by Emma Holloway. The finished head is on display …


Stephen has exhibited at firstsite, Colchester;  the Life Gallery, Mersea; Buckenham Galleries, Southwold; the Shakespeare House Gallery, Dedham; Mersea Island Museum’s Annual Art Show and  with various Colchester Art Society exhibitions over the years. His work has featured also over the years in the mixed media exhibitions at the Nottage Institute on Wivenhoe Quay and …


    Contact: Stephen Lansley
    Address: Holly House,
    King Coel Road,
    CO3 9AQ
    Tel: 01206 544200
    07736 002445