Revolt & Revolutions

6 January 2018 - 15 April 2018

An Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition

Creativity has long been associated with vanguard ideas: art and music can give a voice to the unheard, power to the vulnerable and celebrate the human capacity for positive action, even in adversity. 

The works in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, give insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference, helping to suggest ways that we might contribute to change on an individual, community and even global level. Works include Susan Philipsz’ version of the rousing anthem The Internationale (1999), broadcast across the Bothy Garden landscape and A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (2003–) by Ruth Ewan which welcomes visitors into the gallery space.

Visitors are invited to share how they would change the world using #60SecondSoapBox

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Venue: Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park


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Arts Council Collection: Revolt & Revolutions

Helen Pheby, Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park examines the work of Henry Moore whose Collection work, Helmet Head No.3, 1960 (pictured), will be on show as part of Revolt and Revolutions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Henry Moore lived to be 88, by which time he was one of the most recognised artists in the world. He created an exceptional body of over 10,000 artworks in his long and illustrious career. As he became such a monumental and revered figure in art of the twentieth century it is possible to overlook that Moore was once an unknown young man, with progressive ideas about art and life.

Moore’s upbringing in a mining family and community in Castleford gave him a lifelong sense of social justice and the rights of workers, informed in part by his father’s friendship with the first President of the trade union of Yorkshire miners. Moore voluntarily signed up to serve in the First World War in 1917. His role in the Battle of Cambrai is variously described as having taken charge of the battalion after his Lance Corporal became inebriated, or that he managed to stop him from drinking. What is known is that he was one of only 52 men out of 400 to answer the roll call after three days of intense fighting. He was subsequently invalided out of the army due to mustard gas poisoning, which would affect his health and voice for the rest of his life.

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