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Sculpting a response to the Abbey Stones: presentation by artist Halima Cassell

Saturday 11th March - 15:00-16:00

Halima Cassell is a remarkable sculptor whose work is in demand across the world.  She is also very humble. Hear her talk about her inspirations, her ways of working and her recent commission for Reading Museum which is on display in the Abstract Art for Everyone exhibition.

In 2021 the Contemporary Art Society, supported by Reading Foundation for Art, and the Heritage Lottery Fund, through the Reading Abbey Revealed project, commissioned Halima to make a sculpture in response to the important decorative carved stones from Reading Abbey.  She has created something extraordinary for the town.

Halim’s work combines her South Asian heritage with a love of architectural decoration in all sorts of cultures and specifically the power of carving to articulate architectural forms. The likelihood of the remarkable Romanesque capitols from Reading Abbey inspiring an exceptional contemporary work by an artist whose Islamic background and mastery of mathematics informs all her designs, was always high. The resulting work has an energy and intuitive beauty that goes beyond any calculations. It also pushes the boundaries of what is physically possible in carved clay.

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