Barry Midgley 'We Plough the Fields' stone sculpture H 50 cms
YORKSHIRE SCULPTORS GROUP
at BEVERLEY MINSTER
Saturday 11 June - Saturday 10 September 2016
Free admission: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 17.00
Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Preview: Saturday 11 June 2016 2.00 - 4.00
THE SUMMER EXHIBITION AT BEVERLEY MINSTER BY THE YORKSHIRE SCULPTORS GROUP
Exhibiting sculpture in such a magnificent building as Beverley Minster can be a challenging and daunting task for the contemporary sculptor used to the bland anonymous surfaces of the modern art gallery.
Faced with a place of prayer and worship and 800 years of sublime architecture, a building already filled with splendid stone sculptures - and a problem of reconciling the history, purpose and architecture of the Minster in a site-responsive way - it would be easy to turn away and say it was not achievable.
It is a daunting task - but one that the members of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group have faced before. In 2003 they showed work specifically designed to enhance and celebrate the architecture of Ripon Cathedral. In 2005 it was the turn of York Minster and in 2008, Durham Cathedral. Each one of these amazing places provided a different challenge to the Group, some were successful and some less successful, but here now in 2016 Beverley Minster has provided a unique opportunity to site contemporary sculptures near to sculptures carved hundreds of years ago.
Although in no way does the Group see this as a competition (21st century versus the 14th perhaps?) it will be interesting to see whether their work responds successfully to the scale, history and special atmosphere of the Minster. Whatever the outcome it will have been a privilege to accept the challenge and YSG is grateful to the Minster for the opportunity.
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