THIRSK Hall has announced a packed programme of events and exhibitions this season including work by David Hockney and Jeff Lowe.

The hall's sculpture Garden was first launched in May 2021 by Willoughby Gerrish Ltd and will be reopening on May 14 with a new indoor gallery space.

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Last year it attracted 3,000 visitors and this year the team are hoping to attract even more visitors as part of their effort to promote Thirsk as the cultural capital of the North.

Changes for this year include dogs on leads being welcomed into the grounds and visitors being allowed to take picnics along.

The Sculpture Garden reopens with an exhibition by internationally-acclaimed artist Jeff Lowe titled Sculpture Near Distance which will run until July 2.

Jeff Lowe is known for his large-scale architecturally inspired works.

The Northern Echo: Jeff Lowe, Lock No. 2, 2020. Corten steel, Jeff Lowe, Lock No. 2, 2020. Corten steel,

He studied at the Saint Martin's School of Art between 1971-75 and was taught by many of the prominent sculptors of this time including William Tucker, Philip King and Anthony Caro.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Jon Wood, who was employed for many years at the Henry Moore Institute, working on the research programme, curating exhibitions and developing the sculpture collections.

Seven of Lowe’s large sculptures will be placed within the garden and parkland at Thirsk Hall.

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In the gallery space, the exhibition will focus on Lowe’s work on paper and maquettes.

Alongside Sculpture Near Distance there will also be a selection of Michael Lyons’ smaller sculptures in the Orangery.

From July there will be also an exhibition of works on paper by famous Yorkshire artist David Hockney in the gallery.

The Northern Echo: David Hockney, Two Vases in the Louvre, 1974, Etching, soft-ground etching & aquatintDavid Hockney, Two Vases in the Louvre, 1974, Etching, soft-ground etching & aquatint

It will include important examples of early etchings, alongside lithographs, screenprints and drawings and will consist of loans and artworks for sale.

Thirsk Hall Sculpture Garden is also showcasing early-career artists, such as Jon Kipps as well as established names.

A selection of Kipps's vnew sculptures will be on display in the Orangery from July alongside the David Hockney exhibition and a beer and pizza night will coincide with the opening of the exhibitions.

Meanwhile, Thirsk Hall Festival will also be returning for the second year on August 19 to 21 and new exhibitions will open in mid-October.

In the gallery there will be work by Gordon House, the prominent British artist who notably created album covers for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The Northern Echo: Daisy and Bill Gerrish pictured at Thirsk Hall in summer 2021 when the sculpture gallery opened Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTDaisy and Bill Gerrish pictured at Thirsk Hall in summer 2021 when the sculpture gallery opened Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

The exhibition in the Orangery will focus on work by Gerald Laing, the British pop artist and sculptor.

The opening hours have been extended this year and the public will be able to visit the Sculpture Garden on Wednesday as well as Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 5pm.

In addition to the extended opening hours, the Sculpture Garden will be remaining open all year round to give visitors more opportunities to explore the grounds and the exhibitions.

Thirsk Hall Sculpture Garden is supporting Herriot Hospice Homecare this year.


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