Opening Exhibition

Alf Dunn, Quiet Conversation, 1976 Image 1 of 9
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Andrew Darke, Untitled, 1977 Image 2 of 9
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Charles Hewlings, Untitled, 1977. Photo John Gray Image 3 of 9
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William Tucker, Beulah VIII, 1972. Photo John Gray. Image 4 of 9
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Kenneth Armitage, Figure on its Back, 1961 Image 5 of 9
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Peter Murray and Michael Lyons with Phalanx, 1977. Photo Pat Crabb Image 6 of 9
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Michael Lyons, Phalanx, 1977. Photo Margaret Gathercole Image 7 of 9
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Mike Lyons, Heights of David, 1976 Image 8 of 9
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Opening Exhibition catalogue cover, 1977 Image 9 of 9
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24.09.77 - 27.11.77
England’s first permanent Sculpture Park was opened in the grounds of Bretton Hall College on 24 September at 3pm by Robin Campbell, Director of Art, Arts Council of Great Britain.

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This exciting new venture was launched with an exhibition of work by sculptors with links to Yorkshire. They were: Kenneth Armitage, Andrew Darke, Kenneth Draper, Alf Dunn, George Fullard, Charles Hewlings, Gilbert Holmes, Michael Lyons, Bryan MacDonald, David Seaton, Anthony Smart, Brian Thompson, William Tucker, Glynn Williams and Austin Wright.

This exhibition was the first of a series of temporary exhibitions. Plans for the future included the purchase and commissioning of works, loaning exhibitions from galleries and individuals, the development of an educational programme and the establishment of a Sculptor in Residence.

The Park, started by Peter Murray, was a joint venture between Bretton Hall College and the Yorkshire Arts Association, run by an independent management committee chaired by Michael Diamond, Director of Bradford City Art Galleries. Yorkshire Arts Association contributed £1,000 towards the launch of the park, with Bretton Hall providing and maintaining the site, giving administrative assistance and some financial support.

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I was a student at Bretton and remember this exhibition very well. It seems like yesterday. Very thought provoking at the time.
Nigel Wooler on Opening Exhibition

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