2013 - 2014 - Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 - 1979

Curated by Nicholas Alfrey, Joy Sleeman and Ben Tufnell, this exhibition features work by some of the most important British artists of the last 50 years including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Richard Long and Anthony McCall. In the late 1960s artists on both sides of the Atlantic turned away from the enclosed space of the gallery and went out into the landscape to forge a new form of art. This art was made in radically new ways often using earth, water, sun and even fire as raw materials, and went under several names: Land art, earth art, process art, and conceptual art. Drawing largely from the Arts Council Collection and supplemented by important loans from artists and major public institutions, Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979 takes a fresh look at the art of this period and considers what was particular about the way Land art developed in Britain.


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The exhibition  tour is:

Southampton Art Gallery, (10 May – 3 August 2013)

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, (28 September 2013 – 5 January 2014)

Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, (18 January – 8 March 2014)

Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, (5 April - 15 June 2014)



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyond. This website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.