Extraordinary Measures

Art BIG and small at Belsay Hall

Come to a place where size is off the scale. Where the miniscule is made massive and huge surroundings hide tiny surprises. Where ancient buildings always hold something new.

Extraordinary Measures takes you on a day out with a difference, into an Alice in Wonderland world of dark enchantment with stunning exhibits from leading international contemporary artists that explore distortion of scale.

Internationally renowned artist Ron Mueck, street artist Slinkachu and one-time Young British Artist, Mat Collishaw are among seven leading contemporary artists and architects whose works fill the grounds and rooms, Castle and Gardens in 2010.

Many of the works in Extraordinary Measures have been inspired by Belsay’s unique setting and all are an individual take on scale and distortion, creating an Alice-in-Wonderland world of dark enchantment in this historic setting.

Extraordinary Measures sees Slinkachu leaving his usual urban setting for the first time and his photographs will show tiny day-trippers facing everyday dramas within the grounds of Belsay

Ron Mueck

Extraordinary Measures is the first showing of four new pieces that have never beeen seen in Europe. Still Life, Youth, Woman With Sticks and Drift are exclusively displayed in the stunning, neo-Classical setting of Belsay Hall. English Heritage is grateful to the artist and to Anthony d’Offay for the loan of these new pieces.

The new works will be joined by two exisiting works by Ron Mueck. Wild Man and Spooning Couple (right) which have been kindly loaned by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Mat Collishaw is a key figure in the generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmith’s College in the late 1980s. His work is in important museum collections including Tate, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have take place at the Freud Museum. Collishaw lives and works in London and is represented by the Haunch of Venison Gallery, based in London, Berlin and New York.

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