Breaking the Mould

4 April 2020 - 14 June 2020

Sculpture by Women since 1945
An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

This major new touring exhibition challenges the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious work by women. Offering a radical recalibration, Breaking the Mould  not only celebrates the strengths of sculpture made by women but also seeks to guard against the threat of slipping out of view. Through this deliberately restorative act, the exhibition seeks to inspire future generations, supporting the maxim ‘if she can see it she can be it’. 

Breaking the Mould represents the work of over forty-five sculptors including Barbara HepworthElisabeth FrinkKim LimCornelia ParkerVeronica RyanRachel Whiteread and Anthea Hamilton

After the first presentation at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Breaking the Mould will tour to New Art Gallery Walsall, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.


Venue: Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

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