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Angel of the North

Possibly the largest angel in the world, the Angel of the North commemorates the miners who worked in the area, but also reflects the spiritual aspects of Antony Gormley's personality and his fascination with the human body. Accredited Lecturer Frank Woodgate explains Gormley's vision 


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After the lecture I Google the artist and can see all the images I want.Try it !

Sue Forster Wed, 22/12/2021 - 11:51 Permalink

All the lectures have been interesting in their own ways and I have very much enjoyed this artvent. Thank you so much for making it possible. I too would have liked more illustrations with today’s lecture.

Sue C Wed, 22/12/2021 - 11:47 Permalink

A brilliant collection of talks. Each day holds a brief moment of delight in the ever darkening scenario of Omicron. Thank you to everyone involved.
A grand Advent Calendar, which has been hugely appreciated . Salute to the Sun on its return.

Anonymous Wed, 22/12/2021 - 11:38 Permalink

Thanks everyone for your comments - the project team appreciate them (and are taking notes for the future!).
For those who are interested, here's a link to an Arts Council Youtube video where Antony Gormley discusses his "Field for the British Isles" artwork.

and here's Antony Gormley discussing the 4th Plinth project

finally, a Sky News report reviewing the 4th Plinth project

editor Wed, 22/12/2021 - 11:09 Permalink



ANON Wed, 22/12/2021 - 11:00 Permalink

Thank you Frank for a most interesting lecture. Having stood under The Angel and appreciated its commemoration of the miners who'd worked underneath with such endurance, I also love Gormley's statement that we temporarily live in our bodies as a house. So true!

Morvyth Wed, 22/12/2021 - 10:22 Permalink

Fascinating talk

Rosalie Wed, 22/12/2021 - 10:17 Permalink

How lucky we all are to be able to use Google as a follow up, and resource for images, to this interesting Advent length lecture. Thank you Frank Woodgate.

Marilyn Lloyd Wed, 22/12/2021 - 10:16 Permalink

Thank you for the fascinating talk on Anthony Gormley - I have been a fan ever since the Angel was erected and have been to many of his exhibitions.

Margaret Wed, 22/12/2021 - 10:11 Permalink

Yes, I agree we needed far more visuals, it is not easy to give a lecture to a computer screen and I have sympathy with them in attempting to do this, some manage to do this well and some don't. However, good to hear about Gormley and makes me want to research him more.

Sheila Mason Wed, 22/12/2021 - 10:09 Permalink