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Sean Scully exhibition at Houghton Hall is set to be one of its most successful yet

Houghton Hall’s latest art exhibition is set to become one of its most successful yet.

The solo exhibition, by one of the world’s most celebrated artists Sean Scully, features a full range of his sculptures.

With paintings, papers and structures of all sizes, the exhibition named ‘Smaller Than the Sky’ spans not only inside the hall, but on the formal grounds as well.

Born in Dublin, Sean Scully came to prominence first as a painter in the early 1970s (Picture: Houghton Hall)
Born in Dublin, Sean Scully came to prominence first as a painter in the early 1970s (Picture: Houghton Hall)

Houghton Hall was built in the 1720s for Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole, and in the past few years, it has hosted exhibitions by many world-renowned artists such as Damien Hirst and Henry Moore.

Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton Hall, said: “Sean Scully’s sculptures, paintings and drawings are in perfect concord with the architecture and landscape of Houghton.

“Having long admired Sean’s work, it is extremely gratifying that so many visitors from abroad as well as within the UK have travelled to Norfolk for the exhibition.”

The exhibition, which is available to view up until October 29, is organised by the Houghton Arts Foundation with the support of Lisson Gallery and Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, as well as key assistance from the artist and his studio.

Mr Scully said: “England, as we’ve seen from the fabulous paintings by Constable, is a country very informed by sky. People talk about the sky all the time. They talk about the weather, or the clouds, the wet.

“So, it’s a source of inspiration. When you put sculptures outside, you are aware that the sky is illuminating them, and conditioning how they look. Whatever you put out there is always humbled by the bigness of the sky.”

The tickets cost £20 when booked online, and £22 at the gate, under 18s go free and for students, the ticket price is £10.

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