[Press and Publications] Body in Mind [Sculpture]

October 2000

No 189

Exhibition of Sculpture at the University of Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre

Distinguished sculptors from across the UK will be displaying their work in the Richard Attenborough Centre's exhibition at the University of Leicester, which will run from 6 November to 8 December 2000.

Twenty-three artists will be taking part in the exhibition, including Helaine Blumenfeld, whose scu1pture, Souls, has adorned the lawn in front of the University's Fielding Johnson Building since 1990, replacing the Henry Moore, Oval with Points.

Other notable artists represented in the Body in Mind exhibition include Mandy Havers' intense life-sized figures in leather, Derek Howarth's six foot bronze "Siren", Lucy Kinsella's heads, including "Whaaa!" (a crying child), and Sally Starborg's monumental abstract male torso constructed from railway sleepers.

"Body pots", ceramic sculpture by the young Irish artist, Padraig Naughton, who spent two years as Artist in Residence at the Richard Attenborough Centre (1985-87), will contribute to a section of work particularly devoted to touch - although nearly all the work exhibited will be "touchable".

A number of works represent staff and students at the Richard Attenborough Centre, and work by four students from the Diploma Show at Loughborough University School of Art and Design is also exhibited. The broad range of work in the show includes artists with disability. Among them is an arresting full-sized piece by Irish artist, Lorraine Gallagher.

A catalogue will accompany the exhibition, written by Nicholas Watkins, Reader in the University of Leicester's History of Art Department. The publication will include photographs of the exhibits, as well as relevant quotes on portraying the "body and mind" from past and present artists, and essays on the exhibition theme.

Alan Caine, Associate Director of the Richard Attenborough Centre and organiser of Body in Mind said: "This exhibition concerns our sense of the body - its beauty, complexity, mystery and frailty. This show is particularly exciting because it holds onto a theme but includes very diverse works and a wide range of materials. The sculptures can be discovered through touch and sight."

With the Body in Mind is free and will be open to the public free at the Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester from 6 November to 8 December. Its intention is to provide an educational programme as well as special access for people with disability.

Note to editors: The Exhibition will formally be opened on Saturday 4 November, 5.30-7 pm and again on Monday 6 November, 6.30-9 pm by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess. Both these occasions offer picture and interview opportunities.

Further details are available from Mr Alan Caine, Associate Director, Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester, telephone (0116) 252 2455, facsimile (0116) 252 5615.

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