About Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979

A Touring Exhibition from the Arts Council Collection. Curated by Nicholas Alfrey, Joy Sleeman and Ben Tufnell, this exhibition featured work by some of the most important British artists of the last 50 years including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Richard Long and Anthony McCall.

In the late 1960s artists on both sides of the Atlantic turned away from the enclosed space of the gallery and went out into the landscape to forge a new form of art. This art was made in radically new ways often using earth, water, sun and even fire as raw materials, and went under several names: land art, earth art, process art, and conceptual art. Drawing largely from the Arts Council Collection and supplemented by important loans from artists and major public institutions, Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979 took a fresh look at the art of this period and considered what was particular about the way land art developed in Britain.

Uncommon Ground Installation View 2014 Courtesy Arts Council Collection Southbank Centre London the artist Photo Jonty Wilde

Within the context of YSP, this exhibition was complemented by site-specific installations by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell. The exhibition, which toured throughout 2013, made its last stop at Longside Gallery, the permanent home to the Art Council Collection’s sculpture holdings and an important research centre.