Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 — 1979
5 April – 15 June 2014
Free to all
Featuring the work of 24 artists and artist groups, this touring display from London's Southbank Centre is the most comprehensive exhibition of British Land art to date.
In the late 1960s, artists were beginning to tire of the confines of a studio environment and decided to break out into the landscape to create new forms of work.
Incorporating aspects of sculpture, photography and performance, these artists were united thematically, each concerned with exploring the natural world.
The movement became know under various guises including Earth art, Process art, Conceptual art and - most commonly - Land Art.
Predominantly ephemeral, hand-made and organic, Land Art in the UK focused on photographic documentation of actions, the positioning of walking and travelling as creative acts, an exploration of locality and a keen awareness of rural traditions and contexts.
It was also a chance for British artists to question the meaning of the term 'landscape' and to look at how older forms of the genre could be used as the basis for radical experiment.
The exhibition has been drawn largely from the Arts Council Collection, supplemented by loans from other UK organisations, as well as the artists themselves.
It includes pieces by some of the biggest names working in the UK during the mid-60s to late-70s, such as Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Hamish Fulton, Richard Long, Anthony McCall and David Nash.