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David Nash: Sculpture through the Seasons

This large and ambitious exhibition of David Nash's sculpture is a fitting tribute to an artist who has made work in the Welsh landscape for five decades.

David Nash: Sculpture through the Seasons marks the fiftieth anniversary of the artist living and working in Capel Rhiw, a former Methodist chapel in Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales.

Doubling as a home and studio, in recent decades the space has developed into an extraordinary sculptural installation in which the artist has gathered together his 'congregation' or 'family' of sculptures.

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The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the Capel Rhiw collection, and features key sculptures from the late 1960s to the present day.

Trees and the natural environment are central to Nash’s work, and Sculpture through the Seasons explores the different ways the artist has cut, carved and manipulated wood.

This extends to living sculptures, such as Ash Dome, which emerged from the planting of a circle of twenty-two ash trees in 1977. These time-based works are included in the exhibition through photographs, films and drawings.

The Henry Moore Foundation awarded £5,000 towards this exhibition.

David Nash: Sculpture through the Seasons opens at National Museum Cardiff on 3 May 2019 and continues until 1 September 2019. For more information see www.museum.wales.

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