Tanya-Russell-1Tanya Russell has become well known over the last 30 years for her life-like and vibrant dog sculptures. Many have been sculpted to raise money for Battersea dogs and cats home, others have been commissioned by individuals. Her new range of small animal sculpture have been lovingly hand built and inspired by respect for animals great and small. Tanya’s love of nature and questions about how an artist works with nature without impacting or destroying it, has led to a series of nature intervention photographs.

Her training started with an apprenticeship with her sculptor parents, Edwin Russell FRBS and Lorne McKean FRBS. Over the years she has taken on many public and private commissions, nationally and internationally, with many large pieces around London.

Author of modelling and sculpting the human figure, Tanya is also founder and principal of the Art Academy in London Bridge.

Tanya’s particular passion is animals and animal welfare, much of her recent work has been done to raise money for Battersea Dogs and Cats home, raising nearly £20,000 for them over the last few years. She is also very happy now to be supporting Doris Banham Dog Rescue http://www.dogsos.co.uk/ by sculpting and selling the sculpture ‘Hope’ all proceeds of which will go to the rescue centre.

Tanya also worked as a volunteer at Riverside Wildlife Hospital www.londonwildcaretrust.co.uk responsible for rehoming their dogs for adoption and supports the Dogs Trust and the WSPA

Apart from commissions Tanya also creates nature art based on these simple questions:

  • How do I as an artist make art work with nature without destroying or spoiling it?
  • How do I share the incredible beauty and ingenuity I see in nature at every step?
  • How can I as an artist help to stop the immense and unbelievable weight of suffering that exists for millions of creatures in our world every day?


Tanya Is the Founder/Principal of  The Art Academy.  Founded in 2000 , The Art Academy is an entirely independent, not-for-profit art school that provides a real alternative to the standard and widely criticised format for higher education in Fine Art in the UK. The Diploma and Certificate programmes offer a valuable and affordable alternative to other higher and further education Fine Art courses, preparing students for life as practicing artists, with a high level of tutored time and close attention to the development of each student. The Academy is also outward looking, running high-quality evening classes and short courses at competitive prices and corporate training and development through art for the business community.  The Academy also does community outreach work, and is currently preparing a pilot programme of art and life-skills training for at-risk and vulnerable young people under the name ‘Articulate’.   www.artacademy.org.uk

The Wider arts

Tanya is a director of an amazing charity enterprise ‘The World Heart Beat Music Academy’ which envisions a world where music, as a universal form of communication, bridges cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers. The Academy is a specialist world music academy for young people in London, which not only brings and teaches music from all over the world but also provides disadvantaged youth with instruments and tuition.



Tanya is a trained Personal Coach and greatly enjoys working with people to support them through ongoing development or issues. Having founded and ran a small business herself (the Art Academy) Tanya is also very happy to help support people who have specific areas of expertise or love of a particular subject, but struggle to turn their passion into a sustainable business. She is head of The Team Development program at the Art Academy and is currently taking the Corporate and Executive Coaching Program at the Coaching Academy. If you are interested in personal, small business or corporate coaching please contact Tanya.


Tanya was a mentor for Lighthouse Mentors. The aim of Lighthouse Mentors is to supply a mentor to a prisoner coming towards the end of sentence then up to a year after. Mentees are supported in building confidence, raising self esteem, supplying a listening ear during difficult times as well as good and supply a guiding hand towards agencies that provide prison aftercare.

Public Commissions include:

‘Minerva’ Commissioned by Minerva plc for their new headquarters in Wigmore Street, London

‘Justice’  7 ft Sculpture in Hare Court, the Inner Temple, Commissioned by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

6ft sculpture of ‘Stag’ for Stag Lodge, Wimbledon;

Life size figure ‘Miranda’ from the Tempest for pond in Girls School, Niagra, Canada.

Memorial Sculpture, Cat Sundial, St Margarets Hospital, London; ‘Tiger’ Tobacco Dock Shopping Centre, Docklands, London;

Cast Iron Play Sculptures, Miltern Keynes Playground; Ornamental weather vanes for Brookbrae Ltd;

‘Cranes’ Atrium, St Catherines Dock, London;

Fox and Cub Plaque for Hydestile Wildlife Hospital;

5ft Leopard for exhibition at the Stock Exchange;

Private Commissions include:

Many figures, animals & portrait commissions, home and abroad.

Racehorse; ‘Kensal’;

Burmese Cats commissioned by Dame Merle Park;

‘Riding pony’ commissioned by equestrian Rowena Barthorp;

“Apollo’ trophy;

Welsh Cob Champion Stallion ‘Kentchurch Commandant’;

Young Environmentalists of the year awards 1999 – 2003;

Dolphin Trophy, British Telecom;

Seal &Cub mould for ice sculptures ‘Education’ for St James Independent Schools, Kensington;

6ft Bronze Abstract Figure  for Courtyard of Jeremy Sinclair, director of M&C Saatchi.

Large Studio Commissions include:

25ft Goddess Flora, Rotterdam;

Tower hill “History of London’ Bronze panels & Sundial;

5m Bronze Sundial, Parliament Square, Dubai; ’

Celebration of Life’ relief panels, Horsham:

Exhibited in:

Cadogan Gallery, Cadogan Sq;

Mall Galleries, special hanging award;

Wintershal Gallery;

Sheer Gallery;

Art in Action demonstration and art show, Oxford 1993-2005,

Battersea London Contemporary art fair, Business Design Centre, Exhibition.

Merchant Taylors Hall, London

Menier Gallery London

KPMG  – Canary Wharf