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Elisabeth Frink: The Presence of Sculpture

Elisabeth Frink was one of Britain’s leading 20th-century sculptors. She created, without the aid of assistants, an impressive body of over 400 sculptures while working in a succession of studios – in London, France and finally Dorset.

Throughout her lifetime Frink received many commissions for public buildings, urban environments and sacred spaces. This exhibition presents the stories of these sculptures from studio to place, and examines the changing demands and attitudes of commissioners as urban Britain moved from post Second-World War reconstruction to new agendas for built environments. Rarely seen studio and archive material including original plasters, photographs, film, letters and
papers saved from her final studio at Woolland in Dorset, are shown along with sculptures cast in bronze, drawings and original prints.

Including loans from private collections and the Frink Estate, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Frink’s inspirations and working methods, and the significance of the ongoing presence of her commissioned work. Some have fared better than others – silent witnesses of changing places and communities in modern Britain.

Elisabeth Frink: The Presence of Sculpture has been curated for the Djanogly Gallery by Annette Ratuszniak (Curator, Frink Estate) with Neil Walker (Head of Visual Arts Programming). A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

A resource pack for teachers is available for this exhibition. Download here.


Win a £10 voucher for Lakeside's Gallery shop with the most shared selfie! Take a photo of yourself with your favourite piece and share on social media using #GetYourFrinkOn. Couple of rules - see the flyer for more info.


Image: Desert Quartet I 1989 Bronze. Estate of Elisabeth Frink, 2015