Shelagh Cluett: Drawing in Space
1 Dec 2011 – 11 Mar 2012
Exhibition in the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery
This exhibition of intricate sculptures and drawings by the influential sculptor, Shelagh Cluett, marks the recent acquisition of her archive.
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.
Shelagh 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 by Leeds Museums & Galleries (Henry Moore Institute archive), generously donated by The Shelagh Cluett Trust.