Arts Council Collection


Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986

Making It:
Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986
A Touring Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection 
1 April - 21 June 2015, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a younger generation of artists working in the United Kingdom who began to receive international attention for practices which, although incredibly diverse, share a revived interest in the sculpted object, in materials, and in ideas around making. Making It is the first exhibition to survey this exciting moment in British sculpture. It shows how approaches to object making were reinvigorated by the breakthroughs in conceptual and performance art made by preceding generations and by sculptural and cultural inspirations from beyond these shores.
Drawn primarily from the holdings of the Arts Council Collection and augmented with major loans from important UK public and private collections, Making It represents the work of over 40 artists including Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding among many others. This substantial exhibition embraces a wide range of sculptural practices, highlighting shared concerns, as well as important differences, between and within established groups. 
Making It, which launched at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 1 April-21 June 2015, has been curated by Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator of the Arts Council Collection, with Dr Jon Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and we are grateful to the Henry Moore Institute for their research support and for making available the rich resources of the Henry Moore Institute Research Library. The Henry Moore Institute will host a related conference at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick on 19 November 2015. 
Image credit:
Tony Cragg, George and the Dragon, 1984, plastic, wood and aluminium © the artist 2014