New education information pack to accompany Antony Gormley's 'Field for the British Isles...

18 March 2015

Field for the British Isles (1993) is an installation piece comprising around forty thousand small clay figures. Each one is unique and is simply fashioned, with holes for eyes. The figures completely occupy the space in which they are installed, filling the space so the viewer can look at the figures, but cannot enter the space they occupy. The installation is always sited such that there is only a single viewpoint. The dimensions of the viewing area are always equivalent to no less than one sixth of the total floor area of the piece.


Field for the British Isles (1993) won Antony Gormley the Turner Prize in 1994. In 1995 it was purchased for the Arts Council Collection and is one the Collection’s most ambitious acquisitions to date. The purchase was achieved with the support of the Henry Moore Foundation and the National Art Collections Fund.


To accompany 'Field for the British Isles' opening at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, the Arts Council Collection have commissioned a free learning resource which is now available to dowload. This pack is designed for use by gallery education staff, teachers and other educators. It provides background information about Antony Gormley and the making of Field for the British Isles, as well as a section outlining some of the key themes arising from the work, along with activity suggestions. These could form part of a project before, during, or after a visit to see the exhibition. Informed by current National Curriculum requirements, they are targeted primarily at Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils, though could also be adapted for older or younger pupils. Information in the pack will also prove useful for pupils undertaking GCSE and ‘A’ level projects.

The pack was commissioned by the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre and was researched and written by Fiona Godfrey, Arts & Education Consultant (

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