John Cumming portraitJohn Cumming was born in Burra Isle, Shetland in 1947, where he grew up in a crofting and fishing community, before studying sculpture and ceramics at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.

After teaching in Aberdeen and Fife, he settled with his family in Stromness, Orkney where he was principal teacher of art until 2005. Throughout his teaching career he continued to work independently as a sculptor, exhibiting widely and regularly.

In 2002 along with his wife Fiona, sculptor Frances Pelly and poet Christine De Luca he formed Hansel, a publishing cooperative dedicated to promoting and publishing literature and the visual arts in Scotland’s Northern Isles.