Photography for Firstsite - Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993)

January 13, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

As you may remember, towards the end of last year I was really pleased to work with Firstsite, Colchester's international gallery and creative community space, to take photographs for their new website, so I was delighted to be asked back to photograph the opening celebration of their current exhibition, 'Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles (1993)', attended by Sir Antony Gormley himself.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
 

"Field for the British Isles, which consists of 40,000 tiny individual terracotta figures, is the largest single artwork in the Arts Council Collection and its arrival in Colchester will herald the latest stage in the journey of this spectacular piece.

Field for the British Isles was made by Gormley in 1993 with 100 volunteers who were each given a portion of clay and instructions for the size and shape he wanted for the figures."

It's incredible to see the scale of this work - 40,000 completely unique figures, as far as the eye can see - and to think of all the people who have been involved with the exhibition, not only in its creation but in every iteration since. It's something to spend time on, and I've revisited it since to take it in without my camera.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd.

Opening Celebration: Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd.

Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Opening Celebration: Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Opening Celebration: Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Opening Celebration: Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles, launch event at Firstsite, Colchester. Photograph by Jayne Lloyd. Firstsite, Colchester
Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019. Launch event photographed by Jayne Lloyd. Antony Gormley, Field for the British Isles (1993). Exhibition at Firstsite, Colchester, 2019.
 

For more information visit the Firstsite website, and make sure you check out their upcoming exhibitions, events and courses too. You can even hire their beautiful spaces if you're looking for a unique venue!

 

'Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles' is open until Sunday 8 March 2020.

 

 

Firstsite

Lewis Gardens, High Street, 
Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH

Website: firstsite.uk
Telephone: 01206 713 700
Email: [email protected]

Opening times:
Welcome area and Box Office: Mon–Sun: 9am–9pm
Art Gallery: Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm
Firstsite Shop: Mon–Sun: 9am–9pm
Café: Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm
Bar: Mon–Sun: 6pm–8pm

 


Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch


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