British artist James Capper will be talking at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

A YOUNG British artist making a name for himself with his mobile sculptures will be discussing his work at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Saturday.

IMPRESSIVE: HYDRA SHUFFLE II will feature in a new exhibition at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Photo: JAMES CAPPER

IMPRESSIVE: HYDRA SHUFFLE II will feature in a new exhibition at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Photo: JAMES CAPPER

James Capper uses the materials and processes of engineering to create sculptures that walk, crawl and move. 

The youngest artist to ever be awarded the prestigious Jack Goldhill Prize for Sculpture from the Royal Academy of Arts, London - which he received in 2009, aged 22 - his work invites debate while continuing to captivate and engage.

The first survey of Capper’s work to be staged in Australia, James Capper: Mark Maker will be opened at the gallery on Friday at 6pm.

A special artist talk will be held the next day, at 11am on Saturday, when Capper will be in conversation with curator Edward Campbell.

Mark Maker includes more than 50 of Capper’s drawings, which capture his early ideas and then evolve to act as plans as those ideas become realised in metal. 

At the heart of the exhibition are two of the artist’s major mechanical sculptures, HYDRA STEP and HYDRA SHUFFLE II, which are part of a family of “walking machines”.

The pieces come direct from Broken Hill, where Capper lived and worked for two weeks in October, as part of a project which brought him together with an Australian filmmaker Katzki.

The pair took to the streets of the mining town and out into the vast cinematic landscape of the surrounding area to create a 35mm short film exploring the themes of man, machine and environment.

The exhibition will feature behind-the-scenes documentary footage from the Capper and Katzki film shoot, showing HYDRA STEP and HYDRA SHUFFLE II in motion against the stunning Australian backdrop.

James Capper: Mark Maker will run from December 8 to January 28 at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

Those who wish to attend the artist talk on Saturday are asked to RSVP to jo.dicksen@bathurst.nsw.gov.au or call 6333 6555.

The artist talk will be a free event.