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Des Hughes

Des Hughes (b. 1970, Birmingham, UK) lives and works in Kington, Herefordshire. He studied BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) at Bath College of Art and MA Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, London.

For his 2015 exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Hughes designed a series of large cabinets to display archives (press cuttings, photographs, posters and letters) relating to the exhibition Henry Moore and the Children of Castleford at Wakefield Art Gallery in 1980.

Hughes worked with the present-day children of Castleford. Over 70 school pupils from the local area in which they  produced a series of art works investigating the making process, which were also on display in Hughes’s exhibition.

‘The archive tells the whole story of this particular piece from its arrival in the town to its eventual removal when someone drew a pair of spectacles on its face. It tells us a story about sculpture, but it also tells us about Moore’s relationship with the people of Castleford.’ – Des Hughes speaking about Henry Moore’s Draped Reclining Figure.

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1936 Elmwood. 64 x 115 x 52.5 cm. Purchased with aid from the Victoria and Albert Purchase Fund, Wakefield Corporation and Wakefield Permanent Art Fund (Friends of Wakefield Art Gallery and Museums), 1942. © Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation
Des Hughes, ‘Jumper’, 2013, iron powder, polyester resin, wool, plaster 160 x 80 x 40 cm

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Des Hughes: Stretch Out And Wait

12 Sep 2015 - 24 Apr 2016

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