We’ve got a really exciting year ahead of us with some of our most ambitious shows yet. Of course, as ever, we will have heaps of innovative and engaging ways for schools to get the most out of our exhibitions.
20-21 Visual Arts Centre is delighted to present one of the iconic works of British sculpture, on loan from the collection of Arts Council England.
World-renowned artist, Antony Gormley is known for his distinctive representations of the human form which include Gateshead’s monumental Angel of the North and Another Place, an installation of 100 life-sized cast iron figures at Crosby Beach near Merseyside.
Created in 1993, Field for the British Isles comprises of roughly 40,000 clay figures, sculpted by 100 pupils and their extended families from two schools in St Helens. Gormley was keen to see three generations—grandparents, parents and children—working together to create the piece.
Gormley describes the work 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”.
There will be an education pack available for schools to make the most out of a visit to see this moving installation. We will also be offering a clay workshop where your school can have their own Field Sculpture.
The Field for the British Isles opens on 14 March and runs to 27 June.
There are a number of educational opportunities available with all our exhibitions, from self-guided tours to workshops created just for you on any topic. For more information, please get in touch.