Chinese artist brings huge stainless-steel sculptures to North East

Last Updated on: 22nd November 2023, 04:23 pm

Cheeseburn Grange, near Stamfordham, is no stranger to hosting wonderful art installations, but this year may be its most impressive one yet.

That’s because internationally renowned artist, Qi Yafing, will be bringing his gigantic stainless-steel sculptures to the mansion’s grounds for visitors to appreciate over their upcoming open weekends.

The Guangzhou-based artist’s sculptures will be available for visitors to enjoy on Cheesburn’s on June 30th to July 1st and on the 7th and 8th of July.

While there, visitors will be able to view and enjoy the grounds of the famous North East landmark. These grounds include ten acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, a sprawling home which dates back to the 1200s and a beautiful chapel which often hosts artists and their work.

This is the first ever international collaboration for Cheeseburn Sculpture and it was expertly curated by Matthew Jarratt, who was previously invited by the Chinese artist to curate his first exhibition in Beijing at Today Art Museum.

Mr Jarratt discussed the inspiration behind this collaboration in a statement.

It read: “We are delighted to welcome visitors to our next open weekend at Cheeseburn, which will feature the spectacular works of Qi Yafeng – specially shipped over from China!

“This is the very first international exhibition by Qi Yafeng and we’re delighted that the artist himself will be in attendance over the weekend. We hope that visitors truly immerse themselves within the grounds of Cheeseburn; we are only open for six weekends a year, and so it really is a see-it-now-or-miss-it-forever experience!”

Other smaller works from Qi Yafeng will be based in the Stables Gallery on the grounds.

The gallery will also hold photographs and videos which reveal some of the work that goes into the making of these epic structures.

The work of several renowned local sculptors will also be on display, including the winner of Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor of the Year award, Peter Hanmer.

His winning installation, Plato’s Lair, will be available to view in the Walled Garden Potting Shed on the grounds. Both weekends also include a major solo exhibition of sculptures by award-winning artist Joseph Hillier.
All-in-all, during the open weekends there will be over 60 sculptures on display, as well as sound installations and gallery exhibitions.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to take home items from local makers and creators from the Pop-Up Designer and Maker Space.

It’s set to be an exciting day for anyone who loves art in the North East.

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