Field For The British Eyes
The Turner Prize-winning artwork comprises of 40,000 unique clay figures and hasn’t been on view in the north east of England since 1996.
Field for the British Isles (1993) is an installation piece comprising around forty thousand individual terracotta figures. Each one is unique and is simply fashioned, with holes for eyes. The figures completely occupy the space in which they are installed, filling the space so the viewer can look at the figures, but cannot enter the space they occupy. It is the largest single artwork in the Arts Council Collection.
Gormley has described Field as ‘…twenty-five tons of clay energised by fire, sensitised by touch and made conscious by being given eyes…a field of gazes which looks at the observer making him or her its subject. For the artist ‘Field’ is like a living organism: like water it settles in place, it doesn't organise it.'
Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, 24th July - 25th September, Free - booking required.