Belsay brings the Outside In

Outside In - Art inspried by the landscape at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Picture by NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

Outside In - Art inspried by the landscape at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Picture by NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

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A new exhibition of contemporary art will be on display at a Northumberland attraction this summer.

Belsay Hall will host Outside In; an art installation inspired by the landscape starting on Saturday and running throughout this month, July and August.

The exhibition inside the hall features the work of artists like Andy Goldsworthy OBE and Halima Cassell, who have been inspired by the landscape through their work of sculpture and photography.

Andy Goldsworthy is a sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.

While Cassell has used clay which has been gathered from across the globe and presents an exciting diversity of textures and colours reflecting the geology and climate of their places of origin.

Her pieces have been hand carved in a soft, curvilinear style with holes allowing light to form a penetrative link from one carving to the next.

Halima Cassell said: “The piece I’m exhibiting at Belsay is my reflection on the shared commonality of the human race. We are superficially different and yet fundamentally the same. The different clays were gathered from landscapes around the world; the rich diversity of texture and hue reflecting the geology and climate of their places of origin.

Matt Thompson, Head Collections Curator at English Heritage, said: “The hall at Belsay is a blank canvas and a perfect showcase for an installation such as this one.”

Outside In features works loaned to English Heritage from the Arts Council Collection at London’s South Bank Centre.