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Arts Council England supports new sculpture exhibition at High House Production Park

  • Date: 20 January 2012
  • Area: South East

Art enthusiasts from Essex and beyond can enjoy the first ever sculpture exhibition to be staged at High House Production Park in Purfleet, opening this week.

The exhibition, entitled Sculpture, will run for two months from 21 January to 19 March and will be free entry and open to all.

Sculpture has been made possible with £95,000 funding from the Arts Council, alongside generous support from the Royal Opera House and the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

The Arts Council awarded High House Production Park Grants for the arts funding to produce a three phase public art programme, and Sculpture is the final of the three commissions.

Grants for the arts is Arts Council England's open application funding programme. It invests National Lottery money to support activities that engage people in the arts and help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work.

The exhibition will be complemented by a series of curator-led tours, artist talks and workshops, providing various opportunities for new and existing audiences to engage with the sculpture on display and explore the Production Park.

As the first exhibition on the Production Park site, Sculpture is expected to set the stage for further exhibitions in the future. It will also advance the Production Park's charitable aims of furthering education, fostering community development and cohesion and advancement of the arts, heritage and culture.

High House Production Park is home to the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Set Production Workshop, and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural which will open in late 2012. The newly restored High House Farm grounds and gardens are open to the public during the daytime all year round.

Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council England, East, said, 'The exhibition of these high-quality sculptures demonstrates High House Production Park's continued commitment to fostering great art and culture in the region. We are particularly pleased to see that this exhibition is providing opportunities for young people to have some exciting hands-on experience in the sector.'

Will McKee, Chairman of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation said: 'High House Production Park is leading the way for the Creative and Cultural Sector in Thurrock and we are thrilled to be showcasing five top international sculptures on site. The art work will enhance the landscape of the Park and really add to the creative feel that spreads throughout this exciting project.'

Details of all Sculpture events can be found at the High House Production Park website.