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Anyone who has seen the image of Antony Gormley’s Field For The British Isles will agree it’s a stunning and thought-provoking one. A familiar image – a sea of 40,000 unique simple figures in shades of terracotta all looking up, each non distinct, just holes for eyes, no other features, shapeless bare clay bodies – and yet together, what an impact! Now we have the opportunity to witness this epic installation at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) at National Glass Centre, Sunderland, from Saturday 24th July until Saturday 25th September.

This is the first time Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North, has exhibited in Sunderland. 25 years ago, more than 25,000 people flocked to see this major art installation in Gateshead. Today, chosen by Sunderland Culture’s Art Champions – a group of nine local people with no formal arts training but a passion and interest to discover more about modern and contemporary art – this artwork is on loan from the prestigious Arts Council Collection and is the first exhibition of sculpture in the new 2,500sq ft gallery at National Glass Centre. What a wonderful way to mark the NGCA’s 50th anniversary!

During the duration of the exhibition a rich summer programme of activities for schools and families around Field For The British Isles will be on offer, including four family ceramics workshops, two Family Days, takeaway ceramics kits and a digital/print exhibition resource.

Antony Gormley: Field For The British Isles is at NGCA, Sunderland from Saturday 24th July until Saturday 25th September

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