SCULPTURES are being set up at Gloucester Cathedral this month in preparation for the Crucible2 exhibition which opens on September 1 – 100 pieces, created by 61 artists, placed in and around the medieval building and its grounds.
The show will feature some of Britain’s most internationally renowned sculptors, including Damien Hirst, Lynn Chadwick, Antony Gormley and Kenneth Armitage.
“Artwork in Gloucester Cathedral” will bring in people who would not normally visit an art gallery, according to sculptor Jon Buck.
Jon, who is based in Bath, was involved in the first Crucible exhibition in 2010.
He said: “People who don’t go to art galleries will go to the Cathedral – first of all to see the building, but they will also be interested in what modern art will look like with those ancient architectural spaces.
“As an artist, it is good to reach a wider public and get a response; it’s also good for the artists themselves to see their work within a different context. It will be interesting to see what people make of it.”
Jon has worked in both the public and private sector, and for more than 20 years was senior lecturer in art at Southampton Solent University, as well as a visiting lecturer at art colleges and institutions.
Crucible2 is jointly organised by Gloucester Cathedral and Gallery Pangolin and will be completely free-of-charge, so everyone can enjoy some of the most exceptional sculpture produced in the past 50 years.
Gallery Pangolin will begin installing the artwork along with Charles Russell Transport, and with help from a team from Pangolin Editions, which is running the exhibition alongside the Cathedral.
To find out more about Crucible2, discover who all the artists are and to get behind the scenes information visit www.crucible2.co.uk.
Follow them on www.facebook.com/crucible2.sculpture and on Twitter @crucible2sculpt or use the hashtag #crucible2ex.
The event runs until October 31, and the Cathedral is in College Green.