Paul Digby: Looking to the Future

A sculpture created by artist and Masters in Fine Art alumnus Paul Digby will be showcased at Leeds City Museum.

The sculpture displayed in the museum was made during the pandemic and features a St James Hospital ICU ward nurse called Emily who started nursing in January 2020.

Leeds based artist Paul Digby worked with Emily to create the sculpture and the statue celebrates the hard work made by all frontline staff during the pandemic.

The original clay model was made with the figure looking into the future which is the work’s title. The sculpture is made from fibreglass, plaster, pigment and resin and was funded by the public with approximately £20,000 raised.

Paul is giving the sculpture to the city of Leeds and invites you to propose where you feel the sculpture should be sited. Complete the questionnaire.

Find out more about how Paul began to form the idea of a lasting tribute, to celebrate the work of the NHS and to look forward to a brighter future.

Sculpture of a St James Hospital ICU ward nurse wearing personal protective equipment. The sculpture is by artist Paul digby and is entitled Looking to the Future.

Paul Digby's sculpture, Looking to the Future. Photo by Dartura.

About the artist

Paul Digby is based in Leeds. He graduated in 1997 from the Norwich University of the Arts and completed his Masters in FIne Art (MFA) in 2002 at the University of Leeds, after which he developed a research area in art and science.

In 2002. Paul held residencies in mental health hospitals including High Royds and Rampton Hospitals as well as showing work and having work archived in the Wellcome Trust Collection.

Paul has continued to progress his practice and developed a strong portfolio exhibiting extensively in including EAST Gallery, Royal Society of Sculptors Gallery, Leeds City Gallery, the Cornerhouse in Manchester and the Saatchi Gallery.

For more information, visit Paul’s website.


Leeds City Museum
Millennium Square

Paul’s sculpture will be located in the story gallery on the second floor.

Opening times

Monday: closed*
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm
*Open Bank Holiday Mondays 11am – 5pm

Feature image

Paul Digby’s sculpture Looking to the Future in Dartura Studio. Photo by Jonathan Turner.