Sculpture in the Allen Gallery garden
In August 1999 Roger Burnett, a Yorkshire-based sculptor was making a visit to a nearby foundry. His family visited the Allen Gallery and following a chance discussion with staff, the idea for an exhibition of Roger's work in the Gallery's garden began to take shape.
The exhibition at the Allen Gallery broke new ground and reached new audiences. Rather than being just a passive exhibition of finished pieces, it enabled visitors to gain an insight into the working methods of the sculptor.
Two life size pieces in bronze, based on his two daughters Tania and Trina dancing in a field were created specifically for the exhibition, the progress of which was charted by an internet diary kept by Roger
To introduce local children to sculpture, a series of art workshops were held at the Gallery, and the help of enthusiastic 6 and 7 year olds was enlisted to create a colourful ceramic flower meadow to encircle the life-size bronze. This concept linked in well with the sculptor's philosophy of engaging the local community in the developing work.
On show with the exhibition was a video exploring the special relationship between the sculptor and the art foundry, as well as looking at the sculptor's early life and local community involvement with the project.