Turner Prize winning Sculptor Antony Gormley has let slip his intentions to build an art foundation on his Norfolk property. The 1000 acre estate known as West Acre High House, will be a permanent sculpture park and educational facility, honouring his life and work.
Construction is presently under way to build studios on the property but this will only be a part of the planned foundation project. The creator of the Angel of the North, intends to develop a similar institution to that of the Henry Moore foundation, a national treasure in Hertfordshire. It will be a public and privately funded facility open for most of the year.
Antony Gormley OBE, RA born 1950 is a sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead England erected in February 1998, and Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool. Almost all of his work takes the human body with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal casts.
At 61 He is at the forefront of a generation of celebrated British artists who emerged during the 1980s. He has exhibited work around the world and has major public works in the USA, Japan, Australia, Norway and Eire. Public work in Britain can be seen in locations as diverse as the crypt at Winchester Cathedral and Birmingham city centre. In 1994 he won the prestigious Turner Prize and in 1997 was awarded the OBE for services to sculpture. He has exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, British Museum and the Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery in Leeds.