Neil Ferber's father was a child refugee from Germany
in the 1930s, who remained in England after the war and married an Englishwoman.
Neil was born in Wales and educated in Cardiff. He became interested in
art while still at school, making models and objects in a shed at the
bottom of his parents' garden. He went to Bulmershe College, Reading where
he studied sculpture under Dennis Harland and Alf Parks both of whom had
left head of department jobs at Leeds Art College to run a new Art Department
at the Reading College
He was the recipient of a Northern Arts Award in 1987 and since 1989 he has also promoted British improvised music and organised the Appleby Jazz Festival for 18 years. He now spends most of the year in Italy, in the studio of the late Italian sculptor Fiore de Henriquez, near the founderies of Pietrasanta where he is currently working in bronze and marble.
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