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Damien Hirst for Free: Ark Sculpture Exhibition at Chester Cathedral

This contemporary sculpture exhibition takes up residence between July and October

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Head to Chester Cathedral this summer to see the Ark Sculpture Exhibition, which is taking residence between 7 July and 15 October. Containing works by the likes of Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Lynn Chadwick, the show will have sculptures travelling from as far as Italy, Belguim and Iceland to be installed for the show.

Steven Gregory, 'Midnight Rambler'

Steven Gregory, ‘Midnight Rambler’

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Ark Sculpture Exhibition

7 July – 15 October | Chester Cathedral

With 90 works by over 50 artists, the sculptures will be crafted from materials including bronze, sterling silver, limestone, granite, leaves, tin and hair.

Scales will vary from just 5cm in size to a 11.6m exhibit that visitors will be able to climb inside.

‘It is with great enthusiasm that we will be welcoming brand new commissions from several artists especially for ARK, including a much anticipated sculpture by Turner Prize nominee David Mach RA, whose installation at the cathedral in 2016 caused so much excitement.’ – Vice Dean and Canon Chancellor, Jane Brooke

Free to Enter

The exhibition is the largest free to enter modern sculpture show to be held in the North West of England.

Sculptors including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Lynn Chadwick, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas, David Mach, Kenneth Armitage, Elisabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi and Peter Randall-Page, amongst others.

The total value of the works included will be in the tens of millions of pounds and they will all displayed under the watchful eyes of curators, Gallery Pangolin.



Damien Hirst False Idol

Damien Hirst’s False Idol work will be exhibited for the first time since his solo show at the Tate Modern. It’s a calf displayed in formaldehyde solution on a marble plinth.

Joe Rush War Horse

Joe Rush’s impressive War Horse sculpture was on display in the V&A earlier this year.

Antony Gormley Home and Away

See a work in sterling silver by famous sculptor Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North.

See more highlights from the show, below:

Sue Freeborough, 'Chromosomal dance'

Sue Freeborough, ‘Chromosomal dance’

Sarah Lucas 'Perceval'

Sarah Lucas ‘Perceval’

Michael Joo, 'Stubbs (Absorbed)'

Michael Joo, ‘Stubbs (Absorbed)’