SCULPTURES: Richard Long’s Full Moon Circle, 2003, at Houghton Hall. Picture: Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

HOUGHTON Hall is to host a major exhibition by internationally recognised British sculptor Richard Long.

The grounds of the hall will feature specially commissioned new works by the artist in what will be the largest exhibition of his art since his retrospective show Heaven and Earth at London’s Tate Britain in 2009.

Land and Sky: Richard Long at Houghton, will run from April 30 to October 26 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only.

Land and Sky: Richard Long at Houghton, follows on from the hugely successful Houghton Revisited in 2013, which saw paintings once owned by Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole transported from the St Petersburg Hermitage to their original surroundings at the stately home, and the 2015 LightScape exhibition of dynamic lightworks by contemporary American artist James Turrell.

The new works use a variety of materials including local carrstone, flint from East Anglia, tree stumps from the estate, as well as slate from Cornwall.

They accompany the permanent Long sculpture, Full Moon Circle, commissioned for Houghton in 2003.

There will also be large mud works in the outdoor colonnades, and smaller-scale works in gallery spaces, as well as historic material relating to the artist’s career.

It will be accompanied by a specially-produced catalogue with an essay by Rudi Fuchs and an interview with the artist.

Lord Cholmondeley said: “My hope is that in time Houghton will become a ‘must-see’ destination for those interested in contemporary art and sculpture.”

Tickets for the exhibition, house, gardens and grounds cost £18. Children aged 16 and under are free.

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