Sculptures

Ever since Snape Maltings Concert Hall was created in 1967 artists have exhibited and installed work throughout the site, notably pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas.

Barbara Hepworth: Family of Man

1970

The Family of Man is an unfinished sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, which was created in the early 70s and unfinished at the time of the artist’s death. The complete sculpture is actually made up of 9 individual pieces. Two sets of the sculpture were cast; a complete set can be seen in the Yorkshire Sculture Park, the remaining set being broken up into smaller groups. One of these smaller groupings is in Wakefield, the other is here at Snape Maltings on permanent loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Ryan Gander: To Give Light (Northern Aspirational Charms)

2018

This work by conceptual artist Ryan Gander was made for the Great Exhibition of the North (2018) to celebrate the history of Northern innovation. It consists of 10 black sculptures made from a special glow-in-the-dark concrete material, each describing an object originally designed to emit or shine light. Each element is complete with a section of shiny mooring chain reminiscent of buoys or anchors, referencing the maritime history of the River Tyne and resonating with the Suffolk coast.

Together the sculptures appear like a series of gigantic board game pieces or trinkets from a charm bracelet, outsized as if belonging to the child of a giant.

Commissioned by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2018

Henry Moore: Reclining Figure (Bunched)

1961/69

Thanks to the generosity of the Henry Moore Foundation, Snape Maltings has been loaned another member of Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure family of sculptures.

Alison Wilding: Migrant

2003

Sunk into the ditch, Migrant comprises two identical lozenge forms, approximately three meters in length. Fabricated in bronze with black patina, they are built like ships with bronze rivets and are supported on keels which lift them to the tops of the reeds.

The Snape Sound

2017

Explore Snape Maltings Concert Hall’s famous acoustic in this interactive exhibit by Tom Taylor, located in the Visitor Centre.