Famous British sculptor’s work brings 40,000 terracotta figures to Scunthorpe

Press Release:

Anthony Gormley, Turner Prize winner and one of the UK’s best known contemporary artists who created Gateshead’s Angel of The North human sculpture, will exhibit one of his best-loved works of art – comprising a sea of 40,000 terracotta figures huddled together – at 20-21 Visual Art Centre in Scunthorpe.

Field for the British Isles is one of the major works of 20th century British sculpture. On loan from the collection of Arts Council England, the installation will fill the entire 300 square metres Nave Gallery at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. It will be on display between 14 March and 27 June 2015.

North Lincolnshire Council is giving people the chance to be part of this exciting exhibition by offering 20 people the opportunity to work as volunteers alongside technicians from the Arts Council England, to help install the clay figures.

Besides Angel of the North, Anthony’s famous sculptures of the human form also include Another Place consisting of 100 cast iron sculptures of the artist’s own body, facing towards the sea at Crosby Beach near Liverpool.

Gormley’s Field for the British Isles dramatic and moving installation promises visitors an unforgettable experience.


Originally exhibited at Tate Liverpool, Field for the British Isles was made in 1993. The figures were hand made by 100 people aged seven to 70, from a community in St Helen’s, Merseyside.

Since its acquisition, over one million people have seen the display from one end of the country to the other.

Gormley has described 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.’

The exhibition has been made possible through support from North Lincolnshire Council and Arts Council England, and is sponsored by Clugston Group.

Stephen Martin, Chief Executive of sponsors Clugston Group, said:

“The Clugston Group is delighted to be part of this prestigious exhibition and excited that visitors to this exhibition will experience what Scunthorpe has to offer.”

Cllr John Briggs, cabinet member for Asset Management, Culture and Housing at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are very excited about our events programme for 2015 and feel very proud and privileged that one of the UK’s best known contemporary artists is to bring his work to 20-21 Visual Art Centre in Scunthorpe. His work will provide a spectacular display filling the entire Nave Gallery. It is one certainly not to be missed.”

Jill Constantine, Acting Director, Arts Council Collection, said:

“The Arts Council Collection, managed by the Southbank Centre is one of the foremost collections of post war British Art. We are delighted that this very special art work continued to travel to new galleries and exhibition spaces across the country.”

For more details about the new exhibitions programme, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/20-21.


Published by Scunthorpe Nights

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