Bury Art Museum is offering visitors a unique chance to see work by a sculptor and artist whose art has been celebrated across the UK.

The “Crossing Open Ground” exhibition opens on Saturday and showcases the work of David Gilbert, who rarely showcased his art after the 1960s with him being reluctant to engage with the commercial art world.

The exhibition from the artist who died six years ago features sculptures in wood, as well as some drawings, prints and woodcuts, many of which relate to the sculptures.

Over the last 20 years of his life he had exhibitions at Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University, the Manx Art Gallery and Museum, and in Liverpool.

At these exhibitions his work was viewed by the then director of Tate Liverpool, and by the North West Arts Council director Aileen McEvoy.

They both commented that this was work that was very important in the history of British sculpture, and of his last work “what is the case?“, although consisting of more than 100 small sculptures, they are monumental in meaning.

Gilbert was born in Uxbridge 1928 and died in North Wales in 2016.

After reading English at Cambridge he lived briefly in Cornwall, London and Sweden.

He then lived with his family on Arran, in the Cotswolds, the Isle of Man, Lancaster and then towards the end of his life he moved to the northwest of Wales on the Llyn peninsula, working right up until the end of his life.

The exhibition runs until February 18 next year.

The art museum is open from 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Fridays and from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturdays.


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