Sophie Ryder Work to be on Display at The Piece Hall, Halifax
The Piece Hall’s will host a UK first with a major exhibition by world renowned artist Sophie Ryder this February. A highlight includes the UK debut of Ryder’s monumental 4.5m high bronze installation ‘Dancing Hares’. A piece of work which stands at over seven metres wide.
Sophie Ryder’s work is inspired by animals, humans and mystical creatures and has been exhibited all over the world.
Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, Nicky Chance-Thompson DL is excited about the exhibition. She said: “It’s a huge coup for us. We’re both honoured and excited to show the work of sculptor Sophie Ryder who is without question the most highly respected artist we’ve welcomed to The Piece Hall to date. We’re passionate about making this kind of world class art easily accessible to the public. We recognise how vital culture and the arts are in enriching our environment. And it will be a huge draw for people to visit The Piece Hall.”
Artist, Sophie Ryder, said: “My work has been shown in Yorkshire at Yorkshire Sculpture Park but this exhibition will be very different. I have loved the challenge of The Piece Hall. It’s so huge, the sculptures really have to hold their own in order to compete with their surroundings. The magnitude of The Piece Hall and its urban setting is perfect for my exhibition as there is the space for even the very largest sculptures to be walked around and through which really helps bring them to life.”
Hignell Gallery Director is Abby Hignell. She’s worked with the artist and The Piece Hall with the exhibition. She told us: “Working together with Sophie for the past seven years, we exhibit not only in the Mayfair gallery space but always embrace opportunities to showcase her unique, larger than life sculptures in the open air. Unlike the white walls of a gallery the sculptures change mood with the weather. It can also be the best place to discover and engage with sculpture for the first time as its far more welcoming beyond the velvet ropes of a museum.
“In this exhibition we also have the space within The Piece Hall to exhibit smaller artworks so you really take a journey into Sophie’s world from sketchbooks to wireworks to mosaics, from miniatures to the monumental.
The Piece Hall received £15,000 through Arts Council England to help bring Sophie Ryder’s work to the venue and the exhibition will be free to enter. It’ll be open to the public on 19th February until 23rd May.