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Exhibitions


Balanced Rocks - Andy Goldsworthy
Balanced Rocks - Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy: Early Works

Leaves, twigs, enormous snowballs and icicles... Andy Goldworthy's sculptures are inherently surprising and beautiful.


A wall of jagged boulders defying gravity, an enormous snowball lying abandoned in a leafy wood and an armoury of icicles planted deep in the snow…

… Andy Goldsworthy's re-workings of nature are unexpectedly beautiful and completely entrancing.

Icicles Ilkley Moor - Andy Goldsworthy
Icicles Ilkley Moor - Andy Goldsworthy

Now, as part of a National Touring Exhibition from the Haywood Gallery, 15 colour photographs of his works made between 1977 and 1979 are going on display in Swindon.

Drawn from the Arts Council Collection, the exhibition will run from 4 June to 2 July, 2005 at the Swindon Arts Centre before continuing on an extensive tour of the UK.

With almost childlike intensity and enthusiasm Goldsworthy collects and orders pieces of the landscape into surprising natural wonders.

Working in a wide variety of materials, from stones and twigs to snow and icicles, his naïve sculptures can be as a simple as a neatly arranged wreath of foxglove leaves and as cunning as a precariously balanced wall of rocks. 

Blurring the line between artificial and natural the works all have one thing in common: their essentially temporary nature.

In fact photographs often provide the only lasting evidence of the artist's breath-taking sculptures preserving "the optimum moment, the moment when I had not just made the piece, but understood the piece."

Snowball - Andy Goldsworthy
Snowball - Andy Goldsworthy

A black, soil-covered snowball sitting in stark contrast against the white of the surrounding snow has all the unexpected beauty of the ephemeral yet all the solid reassurance of being preserved photographically.

A seemingly haphazard arrangement of grass stalks on the ground holds a sudden unexpected beauty whilst a neatly stacked pile of icicles has an inherent beauty part industrial precision, part natural chaos.

Working in photography from the mid-70s onwards, Goldsworthy was only able to have his works professionally printed after he won the North West Arts Major Award in 1979.

It is this series of images, included in the 1980 group exhibition 'Nature as Material', which will be on display at the Swindon Arts Centre.

All in all it's an exhibition that will take your breath away…

The exhibition runs from 4 June to 2 July, 2005 at the Swindon Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon.  The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, and Saturday, 10am to 1pm.  Admission is free.  For more information call 01793 466520.

last updated: 04/05/05
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amy & kelmenda
cool i like it ,in school [oakinton manor school] we are doing a project about you please can you help us,and if you can please visit are school xxxxx amy and kelmenda

jacob
kwl but random.......

chene
woooooooow he's amaizing

claudia
his work is so pretty i love his work at school i am doing my corse work on him and its going great so far my teacher loves it

natascha & sophie
i love love love his art

luckster
he is my favourite artist ever. he is just soooooooooooo unique. GO AG!

rebecca
I agree, his work is absolutely amazing. I read some of the comments below. I don't agree that snowball is too simple. Look at the object in the environment it's placed in. Why would there be a random snowball in a forest? Why did he place it there/what was he trying to show. It almost shows a feeling of loneliness.You have to think about these things

<3
andy goldsworthy is an amazing artist and i fink he should be very proud of himself, i am in year 10 and taking art 4 GCSE and i hav nvr seen anyfin lyk his work in my life. i luv his work.

12345 - Once I caught a fish alive!
Some unusual ideas, but I like his style! :)

Weirdo
cool

Immy
I love his work i would love to know where he gets his ideas from. I am doing a H/W project all about him and it's so interesting

zibby
you are wicked with art work

1234
I LOVE THE WAY YOUR WORK IS MADE OUT OF THINGS THAT YOU FIND LIKE LEAVES AND TWIGS

Sophie
I have been told to research Andy Goldsworthy for art homework and I think he is really cool and my brother (in year 10) is doing art GCSE and he loves him too!

Murat
I am in year 7 and As Homework for art we had to find 5 interesting facts on him - which thanks to this website - wasnt very hard thanks to this website. thanks BBC. Also, I think that he is a very good artist.

charlotte hoole
i'm studying him also and i love his work it's so cool yet original because what other artist use natral objects for their art to then let it get blow away! fasinating :) (i'm in year eight)

leila gullu
i think u have stunning work!!!

Kate
I'm Y7 and we're doing Andy Goldsworthy in art. I'm trying to find all of his art and the names for my H/M.He's done some great stuff tho. Good artist.

jasmine
andy goldsworthy must be so happy to hear all these fantastic comments, but he deserves them... (im in year 8

amy
ilove andy goldsworthys work

tigger786
same we have to do it soon lol

d boy
work is very awesome

lotty
i love his work

art girl
hi my name is leonie and i love your art work we have been doing some of your art work today. and i am a big fan. 28th september 2009

jess
I am in my final year of school, studying art. we are concentrating on construction. goldsworthy's work is incredible! truley unique and beautiful. keep up the good work! :D

rebecca graham
i love his art they are cool i am in year 6 and i am learning about him i hav seen alot of his work WOWWWW

Bus Boy
very good work

fuzzy
hah its so COOOOOOOOL he he.no srsly i think its awesome; very strange but in a beautiful way... :-)

Mimi
His work is amazing, I've never seen anything like it before. I am in year 8 (13) and we are doing a project about him, we have to try and build our own Nature Sculpture, with him as our insparation! It is hard, but it's worth it!

Khalid
Soooooooooo!, cool I love his art!

becki
i think his work is great

charlotte
his work is amazing and im doing a sculpture design based on his work.

bonquiqui
andy is ok

ben
i love your work its awesom its simple but affective its great im studying you in college doing art keep it up it amazing you inspire me!!

Charlotte SS
A.G's work is amazing- just wish I didn't have to research him. There's not really that much about him on the internet is there?

holly w
i think it is fantastic and it realy catches people's eye!

Charlotte
I think he's really clever in what he does, but somethings are too basic, like the 'snowball'.

karin
Love his work. Amazing:)

Braisonn C C :)
heyy ya'll, tiss braaii here! i think his work is awsome, but a tad confussing! i mean, he doesnt name them properlyy lol! i am currently studying him in school, and i am finding out alot about him. my father said he might be able to pull some stringss so i can meet him and find out more about his work, how lucky will i be?!

Chloe Huynh
his work is awesome, am currently doing a lil' progect about him for school xo

BOB
HE WAS COOL

shantall
good safe i love ur style

shantall
you stink andy goldsworthy u got me doin a test about ur stinkin work

brian benoy
I thing it is brilliant

jj
wow

EM
I WOULD GIVE YOUR WORK 10 OUT OF 10 AND THINK YOUR WORK IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!

Reece Horton
cool facts thanks

Bob Marley
sehr gut :D well done this work is just THE BEST it is great the way he can just create something nowhere out of nothing, and it is just there, it is amazing and beautiful

Anthony Robertson.
I think it is brilliant, that he can create every day objects into great pieces of work.

udv
mintttt

diedrich
i love the cairins

olivia
its amazing ilove his work

we luv suppermantopps&& skinyy jeans
his work is amazinive neva seen anyfing like it b4i dunno how yhu do them but i wish i cud!! xx

Dazzer
I never even heard of Andy Goldsworthy until we had to reasearch him in school. I love his work!

rachel
anyone can do that,i do think its good

henry
i think his work is extraudinary

Hannah Montana
This is so cool and awesome I love the work!

Jilihg
terrific and awesome artwork yo!

Yasminnn
i think these are cool!!And amazing how you present them..x

margret
wow

anonymous
i luv how his work is all natural and how he dosnt use tools he uses natural fings to pin work down i mean its jst amazin!xx

lol
cooooooooool

T.T
l like yur work

melina williams
these rocks arnt found verry often are they

Laura & Gemma =]
We think hes great and we are using him in a final project in btec art and design=] whooo go andy =] lol love youuuuuuuuuu xoox

cheryl
luv this stuff, ta bbc!

Chloe Ann Beech
Hello my name is chloe and i am in year 4 (8 years old)we are learning about you in school! We have been looking at some of your pictures they are great!!!!!

georgie
i feel that andy goldsworthy is a brilliant artist i love the way he uses what he can find it is fab (12)

chloe
the art is inspirational, i am studying his work in art and nature for gcse coursework

fuge
ilove his work

Liberty Meredith Thomas
hello my name is Liberty I am in year 2 (7 years old). We have been looking at your amazing sculptures! and we even tried doing one ourselves. It took a long time but we at last finished it! I was tired!It was muddy.

Heather && Tazzy
WE LOVE GOLDSWORTHY.AND NATURE!!

Matej Stepanek
The balanced rocks are briliant.

?????
hello? it is not very cool in my eyes thank you very much

keren.a
he is realy clever and cool,i woudent of been abletodothat.

Jessica
The snowball is cool

Teri
Andy's work is so cool!

anna
i luv his work

**Savannah**
Hes my faveourite artist and i love his art work. hes ace!!!!!!!!!

Savannah and Racheal
the info is cool but they could do better


i hate homework

nick
if i could make millions by making a snow ball i would

***tom***
hes a brillient artist and i luv his work

bob
ace pic

Nick Slade
How a dry stone waller managed to con the Arts world is not really unsuprising, in view of the state of British Art in the early 21st. century> Having spent many years Cornish hedging, I wish I could have had the brass neck to call it Art not craft!!

.x.Fernziie.x.
He is an awesome artist Dude ..x..

billie
just simply amazing! alot of inspiration for my degree course

grace
i am a huge fan of his work

matthew s
he is a realy cool artist i think

mary wooley
fantastic

Amelia
He is an obsolutely amazing artist! I first met his work when I was doing my GCSE's and my art teacher thought he was amazing! Ever since i have adored his work and now im doing ma AS Levels and am able to use him in my project again.

AYO
an exceptional minimalist artist. Demonstrating the significance of the 'object' in contemporary sculpture. inspirational!!

charlotte
i think that his work is very good

lauren bu
Andy Goldsworthy is really cwl and his art is really fasanating he is a very good artist

scott
he is inspirational and i am stufying him for gcse he is good at what he does

shaz
his works gr8!

dtcvh rdytse
got any pics of "broken pebbles"? please

xxaxx
he is so cwl! but i need som mor picz 4 hw

alice
i think dat his work is well good xox

grunze
Andy Goldsworthy is totally awsome.I like the way he makes something extraordinary with some ordinary stuffs!!!!!!!!!1

Francesca Willams
I need to know more facts so plz up date some more or give me another sight thankyou x

max
i need info on andy i know nothin

noo
he rox xXx

sophie
I think he is the most amazing artist ever!! He rocks my world! I sooooooo wanna go to the exhibition lol

*Aziza*
i need info on andy and i dont know nuthin about him lol !

Nicky
Wikipedia.com has sum gd info!!! This guy is totaly awesome, his work is increadible

XlaurenXmwahX
I think his work is inspirational it is extremely good!!!!!

leanne
I love his work it's so amazing!!!

frank
his work is alryt but i need mor info about de icicle stack for h/w help lol

xxxlou-louxxx
umm...well im studing him in gcse art i think hes awesum lol~! wkdwkd

)( l)(lozzy 4 jake )(l)(
his work simply the best i have ever seen and takes pplz beath away

bob
i need quick nd simple facts but were 2 find em

amber long
it is something you don't normally see artistes do. it's very weird but cool. x

Luke (aged 15)
Goldsworthy is a great inspiration for young and old artists alike. A true British great!!!

sean
its cool art but they give no information. im reasearching him for art

*Xx*charlotte*xX*
HIS WORK IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL

Deejaytee
Art doesn't need a point. Goldsworthy's work is simply mind blowing. A treat to see.

Xx jessicaxX
i reckon ur work is random but BEAUTIFUL

*x*Dev*x*
his work seems so simple but is so affective.

student
i need more information on ANDY!! y dont they tell u anything

ms austin ngn snr high
instead of leaving suck-up comments, why not ask some real questions??! what makes this art? some people find this a tad boring and pointless and some need these sights just to complete school work. either way someone needs it.. where does he get these ideas from? how old is he? is he hot? if yeh.. whats his number??

period 2&4 art class- rock on hahahaha
who can say this is really art? very boring and a tad pointless.. does he not have a life? i love nikole chloe ben ryan and myself

Billly (will)
his work is a brill also which hannah is that

sofi
i love andys work, its amazing! Does anyone know how i can find out the names of his sculptures? I am doing a presentation on his work. xxx

Alex
This art work is fantastic its in your face sure brillance

Hannah
does nayone know a website which will tell me more about Andy? I am studying him for my Art Homework? x x x

jess
i really love andys work, have used his work for inspiration for my work!!

Bob
wow this art is fabulous, stunning, too good for words!!

Hannah
He is THE most fantastic artist and his designs are absolutely superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sasha
andy work has really inspired me to use his way of creating art for my gcse grade because his work has great meaning and is full of exciting possiblies,i will definately use his work to inspire me further.this website has been a big help but i do think you need more about his life aswell as his work.

Jessica Knight (aged 6)
Andy Goldsworthy does his best on his sculptures he makes them out of things that he sees on the floor.

*JESS*
andy is cool that all but i really do liike his stuff its different but always looks so good!

olivia
he is tasteful, thoughtful and has a clever talent. i think he is the best artist. our school is going green and has been reserching Andy Goldsworthy. i am enjoying the subject so far!

billy
he has a really good taste of art.

Edwina Dorkington
theres alot that i like about him (Oh!) i like the way he looks with thos beautiful eyes, i like the way he acts so surprised, i like the way he puts his hands up in the air, i like the way he shakes his hair, i like the way he likes 2 touch, i like the way he stares so much, but most of all (YEAH!), most of all...I LIKE THE WAY MOVES!

Marmaduke-Mayvis O'Bibbley
i think andy goldsworthy is the DA BOMB. i personaly think he is soooooooo aweshome. he is sooo wiggidy wack! he is my mo fo homeboy xoxo MArmaduke-Mayvis O'Bibbley

Emma
Goldsworthy is fasinating! He works with his bare hands to create beautiful, ephemeral art that inspires - the dedication is absolute. I love art and I love Goldsworthy in particular!! He's a credit to the UK.

belle
OMG his work is like so entrancing, its just like pure heaven!!! dont you agree? I think hes really delicious looking too hehe :)

Ted
For my A's Level D&T I have looked at Andy Goldsworthys work and he has inspired me to use natural materials in my work. his work is wonderful, Keep it up!

grace
ic gotta research goldsworthys work for homework but it doesnt actually say 'why' he decided to do his artwork like this... anyone know why?

*~Kathleen ~*
It is amazing how he incorporates nature into his art using such different medias.With great significantce and meaning, a life commitment, dedecated to art :)

Charlotte
I think Andy Goldsworthy's work is really amazing! I love all the circles and natural materials he uses.

Gill
we have been looking at Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures in our class and we have made our own sculptures like you

DomO
andy goldworth is absolult emence he so good...i used his work in my GCSE WORK AND NOW IM DOING MORE RESREACH ON HIM FOR MY AS level graphics course...hes so sweet keep it up

XxX~ KAT~ XxX
I AM DOIN A PROJECT PRAPARING FOR GCSE N THIS SITE IS RELE HELPFUL BUT I THINK YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUR WHAT HE DOES WHEN HE ISNT MAKIN SCULPTURES

Amanda
his conceptual pieces should be an inspiration to all... anyone who really has the knowledge of the former masters that paved the way for envirnomental art, among dozens of other movements, can understand the juxapositions and striking contracts goldworthy is able to create. only the art illiterate flounder in his immacculate grace

Bexy
this is an ok web site but goldsworthy has much better other work and all his work is good dont dis what you cant do or cant b bothered to do :-P

Maca
Andy Goldsworthy continues to astound me, his ability to capture nature and its cycle is amasing... one of my favourite pieces is Sand Stones... ohh and Icicles!!

seth
i totally agree with luke! he he, his work is really great! there was an exibition in our town of his work and it was AMAZING! so many of the ppl around me have got inot art and got out the house thanks to his work! it really is an ispiration and keep on doing it!!!!

luke
i find andy's work really inspirational because of its originallity and extensive use of natural materials in unnatural positions

Ashleigh, Jane, Alicia, Jesse Lee
We think that his work is creative!!

xxx* kirsty *xxx
I really like andy goldsworthy i am learning about him in class an i is good.!!!

Stacey
You can shut up Grace you probably dont even no what art is i bet that you are rubish at it!!

kimmie
i think that andys work is very nice but i would like to see more paintings and colarges rather than always taking images and stuff like that thankyou..kimmie..

Stacey
i really like his work i think it is nice to be able to make it and to copy it as well it has inspired me with me GCSE's as well

erin
his conceptual pieces should be an inspiration to all... anyone who really has the knowledge of the former masters that paved the way for envirnomental art, among dozens of other movements, can understand the juxapositions and striking contracts goldworthy is able to create. only the art illiterate flounder in his immacculate grace

Grace
Its a snowball for god sakes its not really art!!!! i cd do it n im no artist

jenny
I really like andy goldsworthys work and i think he is a great artist. he inspierd me for some of my art gcse works! YEY

U tell me
I could make tht snowball!!!!!!!!! and i'm rubish at art btw its for hmk

stascha
i hav 2 do it for h/w to its borin

kulexus
Um i have to do andy for ma H/W so0o0o0o i cant really say anythin good :P

!-aMy-!
Andy Goldsworthys work has helped me do nearly all my h/w! p.s HIA HELEN!!!

Jackie
i really enjoy Goldsworthy's hands-on approach to nature; his dedication is truly an inspiration. i also really enjoy how he manipulates nature without destroying it, and also the irony of how he makes the natural look unnatural.

someone
this isnt really gd 4 ma homework.....

bob
this is dumb

unnone
all this people are idiot i could do this my self.

geroge
it is a very usfull sight for prep and for general intrest.

liam
I am researching Andys work for school art homework and find it very interesting and creative cool!

Helen d
his work is cool it is good 4 homework i have been set with mrs white too hi amy!

* Corinna *
im studying his work at school in art i find his work interesting.

*~ Jamie-Jodie ~*
27.11.05 I think his work is unusual, some of his work is exciting to look at, some very placid. I think that this X-mas we've got something to look forward to!!!! XxXxX

lo
does he always take his own phots?

Komal
its gud but i want 2 c him himself a recent pic of him himself!!!!!

!-aMy-!
andys work is gr8 for studying it is helpful for the homework i have been set in art with miss white!

Natty
this websight the most usefull by far. i am studyind Andy at school and i just need keypoints or facts!!I love his work, though. Thank you

x~Tasha~x
Hiya,a really useful website, i am also studying him at school but please could there be more descripitions on a particular piece of artwork. Thanks Tasha x x x

Tasha
I'm like Becki, I have got to do Andy Goldsworth as well for art. This info has been really useful but please could you have more pictures to go with the descriptions.

chloe
currently studying him at school and i really enjoy looking at and studying his work

Joules
Very good very good in deed!

xxx Becki xxx
Hiya, im in year 8 and we are doing Andy Goldsworthy in Art. This site has been really useful to my studies and I've found some great pictures. Please could you have more pictures please. Thank you, Becki xxx

leann
i think his work is brilliant im his biggist fan i love everything about his work

megan and evie
we think he's cool! His work is ace!

laura c
I really enjoy the freedom he explores with nature and has taught me to truely appreciate the opportunities nature can hold to directly influence art.

louise
It is incredible what he can do with natural surroundings!!

mildrid frank
i think dis web site is really usefull!!

amiee rich
he is so gr8 !!!!!!!!!!!

jake t
i think andys work is amasing i love it

cory
i dont like it it sad

jeff
i love him not

gary park
i think andy goldsworthys work is outstanding

vera
i love his work its so inspirering.

pippa
i really like your website it really inspired me to do art like his he is my favourite sculpture... i love him!!! i love him!!

Maeve Hird
Wonderful work that inspires children and brings scupture and art to life!

Nicole
Generally I am of the opinion that modern art is rubbish. coughTracy Emincough, but Andy Goldsworthy's work is amazing, I don't know the proper words to describe how truly moving and wonderful it is.

gemma chick , tara franks
Andy Goldsworthy is a really good artist and we are inspired by his art work

Sherrie Maskell
Andy Goldsworthy is a great artist and I love his desgns from nature.

Sherrie Maskell
Andy Goldsworthy is a great artist and I love his design from nature!!

Barbra
Its vey good and usefull thanks for the help

emma
andy is a great artist and his work is beautiful! i like his wire work it inspires me alot!

Zoe Adams
Amazing! Goldsworthy's creations just blow me away!

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