Biography of Simon Burns-Cox

Simon Burns-Cox


Simon Burns-Cox has been a professional Sculptor and Letter Carver since 1997


Simon Burns-Cox has been a professional Sculptor and Letter Carver since 1997 working mainly in Stone and Marble but also in other media. He is based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland which is an International Centre for Sculptors.

Simon Burns-Cox was born in Sussex in 1962 and was educated at Clifton College Bristol and London University. He then trained as a Teacher but decided that school life was not for him so went into the business world eventually becoming Director of a Medical Advertising Agency in Gloucestershire, England.

It was at this point Simon’s life changed. Aged thirty-three, he was taken seriously ill with a brain haemorrhage which left him unable to speak for two years. During this bleak period, however, Simon discovered the art of Stone Carving which he found allowed him to express himself at this time and gave him much enjoyment.

When eventually Simon recovered after intensive speech therapy, he decided to train formally in Stone Carving in the UK and then went to Rome, Italy where he spent nearly four years learning the skills and techniques of Marble Sculpture and Carving from Italian craftsmen and artisans.

Upon his return to the UK, Simon worked at The Bath Artists Studios in Bath, England, for six years and then moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010 where he is now based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.


Simon Burns-Cox sells his work and exhibits regularly in private galleries, public and solo exhibitions throughout the UK and overseas. His work can be seen in permanent exhibitions in Bath Abbey, Wells Cathedral, and St.John’s Church Edinburgh. Simon currently has a three year exhibition from March 2016-19 at The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh and The Peoples Palace Museum, The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and The Riverside Museum, Glasgow, in aid of Poppy Scotland. The sculpture ‘FRANCE 1914’  by Simon Burns-Cox was made to commemorate the end of The First World War. At the end of the exhibition, the sculpture will be auctioned in aid of the charity. Expressions of interest should be made to PoppyScotland.


Simon Burns-Cox creates Exterior Garden Sculptures for all types of gardens and urban spaces. He also makes bespoke Gravestones, Memorials and Headstones and offers all types of Stone Letter Carving for home and business.


Simon Burns-Cox also teaches and offers courses in Sculpture, Stone Carving, Stone Letter Carving and Relief Carving to groups and individuals throughout the year at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Simon Burns-Cox

He holds several professional memberships which include the following:

        • Licentiate Member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen London
        • Member of The Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts
        • Member of The Society of Scottish Artists (SSA)
        • Member of Visual Arts Scotland (VAS)
        • Member of Creative Scotland
        • Member of The Bath Society of Artists and Simon was on the selection panel for Sculpture
        • Associate Member of The Letter Exchange
        • Member of The Craft Council UK

Public and Private Commissions undertaken by Simon Burns-Cox

Contact Simon Burns-Cox for more information. Courses in Sculpture, Stone Carving, Stone Letter Carving, and Stone Relief Carving are available.