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Exhibition: David Nash: Sculpture Through the Seasons

National Museum Cardiff
3 May–1 September 2019
Cost Free
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David Nash, Torso, 2006 in Capel Rhiw, 2018 © the Artist, photograph: Jonty Wilde

David Nash, Nine Cracked Balls, 1970 © the Artist, photograph: Jonty Wilde

David Nash, Ash Dome, 2000 © the Artist

David Nash: Sculpture through the Seasons is the largest and most ambitious exhibition of David Nash's work ever presented in Wales. The exhibition marks the fiftieth anniversary of the artist living and working in Capel Rhiw – a former Methodist chapel in Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales. 

The exhibition features key sculptures from the late 1960s to the present day, exploring the different ways the artist has cut, carved and manipulated wood to produce sculptures that sit between the abstract and figurative.  

Trees and the natural environment are central to Nash’s work, which extends to living sculptures including Ash Dome – a work that emerged from the planting of a circle of 22 ash trees in 1977. These time-based works are included in the exhibition through photographs, films and drawings.

David Nash is one of Britain’s most important artists, his work has featured in exhibitions across the world and he is represented in many major museum collections. This international reputation was formed in the particulars of place and environment – the studio at Capel Rhiw and the seasons and elements of the surrounding Snowdonia landscape.

This exhibition is accompanied by the major publication David Nash: 200 Seasons at Capel Rhiw published by Amgueddfa Cymru.

Events supporting this exhibition:

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and takes place at Towner from 28 September 2019 – 2 February 2020. Generously supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust and the Henry Moore Foundation.


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