Tom Grimsey

As a career sculptor, Tom Grimsey exhibited nationally and internationally for 30 years. In 2007 he was awarded an FRSF grant to continue work with ‘Malleable Sculptures’, creating new unstable objects in flux, working with ferrofluids and gels, transformed under the influence of controlled magnetic fields. As a result of this work, he became part of a multidisciplinary team of leading nanoscientists working on a ‘Directed Reconfigurable Nanomachine’ with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). A follow-up grant in partnership with Theo Kaccoufa led to the touring show Giants of the Infinitesimal, which exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (MOSI) 2011-12 and at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield 2012-13. As well as his research into new fluid languages for sculpture, Grimsey had a substantial practice working with architects and planners integrating larger art works into the fabric of new developments in urban regeneration. He was a Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow from 1990-92 and taught at Brighton University from 2003 (from 2008 as Head of Sculpture). Tom Grimsey died in October 2014, six months after the UK publication of Nanoscience: Giants of the Infinitesimal.