Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Purchases LED Sculpture

Julian Opie's work will be displayed in the front garden

Curly Hair 2021 at the front of the Manor building. © Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. Photo by Andy Stagg


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April 10, 2024

An LED sculpture has been permanently acquired by the Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery to go on display in the garden in front of the manor.

The purchase of Julian Opie’s ‘Curly Hair, 2021’ has been made to mark the first five years open to the public after a major restoration project.

The artwork was first shown at Pitzhanger in 2021 as part of Julian Opie's solo exhibition, coinciding with the reopening of the gallery post-COVID lockdown. It is a dynamic, double sided LED display standing over two metres tall, which portrays a figure confidently striding forward towards the Manor.

The piece by the London-based artist can now be viewed for free and is intended to signal the venue’s programme of contemporary exhibitions, as well as its growing art collection.

The gallery says the acquisition was made possible through the generosity of the artist, as well as invaluable support from a diverse group of contributors, including Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Art Fund, McGrath Charitable Trust, Lisson Gallery and members of the public and local community.

Clare Gough, Director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, said, "We are truly delighted to be able to retain Curly Hair at Pitzhanger for the future enjoyment of all the public — an artwork with remarkable abilities to break down the traditional barriers that visitors to museums and heritage spaces can experience. Its continued presence will enrich the Ealing community and continue to inspire children and young people.”

The LED Sculpture is entended to encourage people to enter. © Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. Photo by Andy Stagg
The LED Sculpture is entended to encourage people to enter. © Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. Photo by Andy Stagg

Julian Opie said, "I'm so glad and proud that the work will stay at this fantastic museum and perfect site. He seems very happy there.”

A celebration of the 5th anniversary and the Juian Opie Acquisition is taking place on Thursday 16 May from 5-8pm with speeches, participatory dance activities, art workshops and a paid bar.

Entrances is free and the evening also unveils A Fine Line: Modern Makers at Pitzhanger with a launch reception and an artist talk. The exhibition, curated by Joanna Bird, showcases exquisite ceramics and glass throughout the manor. The talk featuring artists Joseph Harrington, Gregory Warren Wilson and curator Joanna Bird from 6.45pm to 7.45pm requires tickets (£12 Standard / £9 Members).

Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am–5pm , including Bank Holidays (First Thursday of the Month: 10am–8pm).


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