From Monday 23 August until Wednesday 29 September, The Long Gallery will be closed to the public. This is to allow for the installation of the Turner Prize 2021. Several works from The Long Gallery will be moved to new locations. Some works will go into storage while the space is being used for the Turner Prize 2021.
This gallery features sculptures from the museum's collection. Many of them are representations of people, such as the head of Rabindranath Tagore by Jacob Epstein or Old Ladies on a Park Bench by Jack Greaves (a favourite with visitors), while others are more abstract shapes. One of the star pieces is the bronze by Barbara Hepworth, titled Figure (Walnut).
The most recent additions to the museum's sculpture collection are the two large scale heads by William Chattaway, who was born in Coventry and attended the School of Art here. Another recent acquisition is The men: Life Un(der)covered, by the Indian artist Ved Gupta, which originally featured in an exhibition of work by young and emerging artists from India and Pakistan at the Herbert in 2008.
With large scale sculptures to walk amongst, families can enjoy both abstract and figurative pieces of all shapes and materials.
Why not use these as starting points for discussions; what are the sculptures made from or can you count the shadows they cast? There is a breakout space for children and adults to sit and construct their own sculpture from soft building blocks, or delve into an early years explorer basket linked to one of the sculptures.