In the late 1960s artists on both sides of the Atlantic turned away from the enclosed space of the gallery and went out into the landscape to forge a new form of art. This art was made in radically new ways often using earth, water, sun and even fire as raw materials, and went under several names: land art, earth art, process art, and conceptual art. Drawing largely from the Arts Council Collection and supplemented by important loans from artists and major public institutions, Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979 takes a fresh look at the art of this period and considers what was particular about the way land art developed in Britain.
Within the context of YSP, the exhibition is complemented by site-specific installations by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell. The exhibition, which toured throughout 2013, makes its last stop at Longside Gallery, the permanent home to the Art Council Collection’s sculpture holdings and an important research centre.