Talk: Uncommon Ground - exhibiting land art

Thursday 24 April 2014, 6.30pm (doors open 6pm) - The Gallery

Admission free but please reserve a place

Nicholas Alfrey, co-curator of the current touring exhibition Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979, gives an introduction to the exhibition and the new art of landscape in Britain.

In the late 1960s, artists on both sides of the Atlantic turned away from the enclosed spaces of the studio and gallery and went out into the landscape to forge new forms of art. This art encompassed a wide range of practices and attitudes, including elements of sculpture, performance and photography, and went under several names: Land art, earth art, process art and ecologic art, among others. Of these terms, Land art has come to be most widely used internationally.

Drawn largely from the Arts Council Collection, the exhibition explores how landscape and nature came to be key concerns of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s and 70s. Many of our most significant British artists used landscape and nature in radical new ways and reconfigured one of the oldest subjects of art into one of the most dynamic and vital forms of art today.

Final dates:

Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (5 April – 15 June 2014)

Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966–1979 is a touring exhibition organised by the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and curated by Nicholas Alfrey, Joy Sleeman and Ben Tufnell.   Banner image: Anthony McCall

Nicholas Alfrey is Associate Professor in Art History at Nottingham University. His main research interests are Romanticism and its legacies, and landscape art in Britain. He has co-curated exhibitions including Mapping the Landscape (Nottingham Festival, 1993), Art of the Garden (Tate Britain, London, 2004) and Earth-Moon-Earth (Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 2009). He and Joy Sleeman ran the AHRC-funded Research Network on Land Art and the Cultures of Landscape in Britain from 2006 to 2008, and their joint publications on Land art have appeared in History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes and Tate Papers.

Andy Goldsworthy

Hamish Fulton


Supported By

Arts Council England