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The Arts Council Collection is staging a new exhibition of sculpture by Garth Evans, regarded as one of Britain’s most innovative sculptors, at the park’s Longside Gallery.

His work includes materials such as bits and pieces from a collapsed shed along with plywood, fibreglass and polythene.

This is the first major Garth Evans exhibition in the UK in over 20 years and will feature 28 works spanning the period 1959 – 1982, many drawn from the Arts Council Collection.

The exhibition will reconsider Garth’s contribution to sculpture in this formative period, including large colourful fibreglass sculptures through to entirely floor-based works.

It will include a re-creation of his seminal work Breakdown (1971) which was stolen shortly after its first public viewing.

Garth has recreated the work based on surviving drawings, photographs and original plans. It will be installed immediately outside the Longside Gallery.

Born in Manchester in 1934, Garth studied at the Slade School of Art (1957-60), exhibiting regularly in London from 1962 until 1991.

He is known for his use of geometric, asymmetrical forms and a commitment to using everyday materials such as plywood, fibreglass and polythene.

Garth influenced a generation of British sculptors not just through his innovative approach to sculpture but also as a teacher at Central St Martin’s School of Art.

Turner Prize winner, Richard Deacon, has selected Garth’s work for the exhibition from extensive conversations between the two sculptors and focuses on pieces created in the first two decades of Garth’s long and varied career.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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