Out There: Our Post-War Public Art

Historic England's first exhibition follows the stories of a series of site specific public sculptures created between 1945 and 1985.

Henry Moore, Draped Seated Woman, 1957–58 Historic England

Henry Moore, Draped Seated Woman, 1957–58

In the years following the Second World War the government launched a public art initiative that aimed to bring Britain's shattered towns and cities back to life. Sculptures were commissioned from the eminent artists of the day – including Ralph Brown, Geoffrey Clarke, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Paul Mount – for sites in city streets, housing estates, work places, shopping centres, universities and schools. The aim of the project was to provide art that everyone to enjoy.

This show focuses on the fates that have befallen these public sculptures; while some have been enjoyed, celebrated and conserved, other have been lost, damaged, moved or destroyed. Stories are illustrated through original architectural models, maquettes, photographs and drawings.


Venue details

Somerset House Strand London WC2R 1LA 020 7845 4600 www.somersethouse.org.uk

Entry details

£5 with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.50)

Somerset House is open daily

Embankment level 10am – 6pm

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court 7.30am – 11pm

River Terrace & Seamen's Hall 8am – 11pm

Embankment Galleries (during exhibitions) 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.15pm)

Terrace Rooms, Courtyard Rooms and East Wing Galleries  (during exhibitions) 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.45pm)

Times may vary. Call 020 7845 4600 for the latest information

Book online using offer code ARTFUND via the Somerset House website