Internationally renowned sculptor Tony Cragg will present a landmark exhibition of works at Castle Howard and York Minster next year.
Opening on 3 May 2024, the new collaboration between the two iconic Yorkshire venues will see over 30 works by Cragg go on display.
The exhibitions will celebrate Cragg’s rich sculptural imagination, showing the diverse ways and the materials he uses to make sculpture.
Different works will be displayed at the two locations.
Tony Cragg at Castle Howard (3 May to 22 September 2024) will feature major works by Cragg in Castle Howard’s historic interiors and across its grounds. This will be the first major exhibition by a leading contemporary artist to be held at the historic venue.
Cragg’s magnificent sculpture Over The Earth (2015) will be presented outside for the first time. Sculptures and works on paper will be on display inside the house, including work in the Great Hall.
Victoria and Nicholas Howard, owners of Castle Howard, said: “We’ve always loved the work of Tony Cragg and are therefore delighted that the first contemporary sculpture exhibition at Castle Howard should be dedicated to him.”
Tony Cragg: Field of Heaven (3 May to 29 September 2024) will see Cragg’s large, multipartite sculpture go on display inside the Chapter House at York Minster.
Field of Heaven is one of Cragg’s most notable works and was inspired by the artist’s time in Siena and his experience of the landscapes of Tuscany. It is made of hundreds of sandblasted glass vessels that have been carefully stacked together, and the work will sit in dialogue with the Minster’s stained glass windows.
Two large sculptures will also be installed outside in Dean’s Park.
Canon Maggie McLean, York Minster’s canon missioner said: “We are absolutely delighted that York Minster will be hosting three exceptional works by Tony Cragg in the Chapter House and outside in Dean’s Park. We think people will be moved, fascinated and excited by the juxtaposition of his extraordinary contemporary sculptures within the Minster’s ancient medieval gothic setting.”
Tony Cragg has been working and exhibiting since 1969. He has won multiple awards, like the Turner Prize in 1988, the prestigious Praemium Imperiale Award, Tokyo in 2007 and the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2017.