14 March – 27 June 2015
Antony Gormley, FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES (1996) comes to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe. The work, acquired by Arts Council England with assistance from The Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation, now travels the length and breadth of the nation as a Hayward Touring exhibition and part of the Arts Council Collection.
Antony Gormley described the FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES as:
‘...twenty-five tonnes of clay energised by fire, sensitised by touch and made conscious by being given eyes… a field of gazes which looks at the observer making him or her its subject.’
Each of the 40,000 clay figures was sculpted by hand by pupils from two schools St Helens, along with their extended families, in a process that saw different generations working together. For the presentation in Scunthorpe, local volunteers installed the work in the former St John’s Church (now part of 20-21) where it fills the entirety of the Nave space.
‘Antony Gormley: FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES’
20-21 Visual Arts Centre
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Antony Gormley ‘FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES’ (1993)
Installation view, Tate Gallery, Liverpool
© Antony Gormley Courtesy White Cube