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Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945

May 29, 2021 - September 5, 2021

Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 will launch at Longside Gallery in May. This major Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition seeks to redefine post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse range of work by women. Spanning more than 70 years, this extensive survey – the first of its kind – provides a radical recalibration, addressing the many accounts of British sculpture that have marginalised women or airbrushed their work out of the art historical canon altogether. Through this deliberately restorative act, the exhibition seeks to inspire future generations, supporting the principle ‘if she can see it, she can be it’. Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 represents the work of 50 sculptors including Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Kim Lim, Cornelia Parker, Rachel Whiteread and Anthea Hamilton. After Longside Gallery, the exhibition will tour to The New Art Gallery Walsall; Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham; The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth, and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. The exhibition is part of the Arts Council Collection’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 is accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication produced by Hayward Gallery Publishing.


Image credit: Anthea Hamilton, Leg Chair (Jane Birkin), 2011. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.


May 29, 2021
September 5, 2021

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