Shelagh Cluett: Drawing in Space

Institute exhibition
1st December 2011 - 11th March 2012
Sculpture Study Galleries

Shelagh Cluett standing next to 'Flux IV' (1979)

Image courtesy the Shelagh Cluett Trust

New exhibition of influential sculptor, Shelagh Cluett, marks the recent acquisition by Leeds Museums & Galleries (Henry Moore Institute archive) of the Shelagh Cluett archive.

Shelagh Cluett's early sculptures operate as dynamic three-dimensional drawings, ranging from ambitious, room-scale installations, constructed from linear and planar elements to elegant, vertical structures crafted from wire, thin steel, aluminium and brass and copper rods.

Drawing in Space brings together sculptures, drawings, sketchbooks and photographic documentation of Cluett's work from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, when she was a student at Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art and first emerged on the London scene.

Cluett (1947-2007) was one of the few female sculptors in this period whose work was exhibited and achieved critical recognition. She taught at Chelsea School of Art, where she influenced generations of artists, leading the postgraduate sculpture programme from 1980 to 2007.

The exhibition marks the recent acquisition of the Shelagh Cluett archive, generously donated by The Shelagh Cluett Trust.

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