CASS Projects: The Sleeping Procession

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This November the artists Gabriel Hartley and Sean Steadman will co-curate a group exhibition in response to CASS' special collection of maquettes.

Through an extension of their engagement in painting, drawing and sculpture, Hartley and Steadman have produced a number of steel, MDF and resin architectural structures to display a selection of the CASS maquettes. In order to re-contextualise this collection Hartley and Steadman have also invited a pool of contemporary artists to display pre-existing and newly commissioned works. These will act to disrupt and re-frame the historical works taken from the CASS special collection.

Using the idea of the maquette as a catalyst, this exhibition will explore the aspects under which art is emergent, how it is a compound of memory and expectancy and a site of accident and recuperation. Both Hartley and Steadman are interested in the latent energy of maquettes and want the show to ask ‘at which point is this process of proposal and exploration over, aren’t all artworks suspended in a state of potential and transformation?’

The exhibition will offer an exceptional insight into the work of Cass Sculpture Foundation, its historic archive and special collection. The maquettes, usually only viewable by appointment, illustrate a key stage in the process of commissioning large-scale sculpture, in which abstract ideas are first materialised into physical form. These small-scale sculptures allow the artist to work through technical and aesthetic issues, experiment with materials, and make adjustments to scale and structure. Today the process of fabricating a maquette is often overlooked due to the developments in technology. The possibility to interrogate this traditional sculptural system is a unique and exciting opportunity for contemporary artists.

Cass Sculpture Foundation is currently working towards Museum Accreditation which it is due to achieve in 2018. The permanent ‘museum’ collection consists of the first edition of each maquette, which will be conserved in perpetuity within the archive. Subsequent editions of each maquette are available for sale and proceeds are split evenly between the sculptor and the Foundation so that it may support more artists. CASS Projects provides artists with experimental and trans-disciplinary opportunities to develop their own practice and expand the definition of sculptureThe Sleeping Procession has been made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England.


The Sleeping Procession curated by Gabriel Hartley and Sean Steadman, 2017

Featured artists

Gabriel Hartley

Sean Steadman