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.
Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley is renowned 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.
Field for the British Isles is one of his best-loved works of art and features 40,000 clay figures sculpted by over 100 pupils and their extended families, from two schools in St Helens. The process involved children, parents and grandparents working together, side-byside, to make the work.
Gormley has described Field 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’.
Installed by local volunteers and filling the entirety of the Nave space in the former St John’s Church at 20-21, this dramatic and moving installation promises visitors an unforgettable experience.
Field for the British Isles at 20-21Visual Arts Centre is supported by sponsorship from The Clugston Group.
Field for the British Isles is a Hayward Touring exhibition and was acquired by the collection of Arts Council England with the assistance of The Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation.