2011 - Structure and Material


Becky Beasley   Claire Barclay   Karla Black

An Arts Council Collection exhibition curated by Katrina Brown (Common Guild) and Caroline Douglas

Structure & Material investigates the work of three significant young artists who each investigate the way we create meaning through form. Unlikely sculptural materials such as cosmetics, sugar paper, blackboard paint and brass hinges, or craft in the form of tapestry, are employed to diverse and distinctive effect. From elements that are sometimes meagre or over-familiar, new forms are created that are mysterious and highly evocative.


Structure & Material features a comprehensive body of work by each artist and includes recent acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection and installations made in response to Longside Gallery.


Tour details

Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (31 March - 26 June 2011)

Spike Island, Bristol (9 July - 4 September 2011)

The New Art Gallery, Walsall (30 September - 24 December 2011)



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