Exhibition: 20 May - 31 October

Halima Cassell MBE

A major exhibition of new works by sculptor Halima Cassell MBE in the Glyndebourne gardens.

‘When I started my work in 1995, people who saw it thought it was made by a man. It was through the physical appearance, the strength, look and authority of the form, and its heavily carved contours and surfaces… The real importance for me was the perceived strength of the work itself, and that it was me (a small, slightly built Asian girl) who made it. I like the idea of being strong through my work’
– Halima Cassell

Glyndebourne presents new works by sculptor Halima Cassell in the gardens this summer. This is the artist’s first major solo exhibition since being awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Featuring nine sculptures in materials including cast iron, marble, jesmonite, concrete and bronze, the exhibition includes four new site-specific works for the Glyndebourne gardens. These include Memento Mori (2021), a pair of four-ton cast iron flames, Primavera (2021), a meditation on spring flowers, Hurricane (2021) and Gathering (2021), a series of coloured forms in hand-carved concrete, reflecting on the joy of coming together again. The new works are all inspired by the organic forms Cassell observed during her first visit to Glyndebourne in 2019.

Halima Cassell MBE is a British artist and sculptor. Born in Kashmir in 1975, she grew up in Lancashire, England. Reflecting on her dual international heritage and inspired by geometry, architecture, natural forms and the patterns and textures she has encountered whilst travelling, Cassell makes deeply carved forms in unglazed ceramic, bronze, cast iron, marble, wood and jesmonite.

Also featured are a pair of small limited edition wall friezes, available to purchase through our online shop, and a selection of prints.

To enquire about any of the works in this exhibition please contact our curator Nerissa Taysom – nerissa.taysom@glyndebourne.com

Video: Halima Cassell MBE – Meet the Maker

Halima Cassell
Memento Mori, 2021
Unique
A pair of cast iron forms on black steel bases
Each 180 x 120 cm

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Halima Cassell
Hurricane, 2021
Unique
Carved jesmonite and fibreglass on a steel base
220 x 150 cm

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Halima Cassell
Primavera, 2021
Unique
Hand carved Carrara marble on an Indian sandstone base
65 x 20 cm

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Halima Cassell
Gathering, 2021
Unique
Five hand carved concrete forms on concrete plinths
Dimensions variable, largest 138 x 40 cm

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Halima Cassell
Colony, 2014
Unique
Three hand carved concrete forms
Dimensions variable, largest 60 x 26.5 cm

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Halima Cassell
Makonde, 2017
Edition 1/3
Cast bronze on a granite plinth
140 x 120 x 190 cm

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Halima Cassell
Fan Construction, 2017
Edition 2/4
Iron and fibreglass on a steel base
63 x 350 cm

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Halima Cassell
Kite, 2019
Edition 2/4
Eight panels in cold cast iron
120 x 240 cm

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Halima Cassell
Wind, Earth, Water & Fire, 2012
Edition 4/20
Four panels in cast jesmonite
SOLD

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Halima Cassell
Oxalis
Edition of 100, signed and numbered in a bespoke box
Hand finished, cast jesmonite with bespoke colour mix
30.5 x 30.5 cm

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Halima Cassell
Godetia
Edition of 100, signed and numbered in a bespoke box
Hand finished, cast jesmonite with bespoke colour mix
30.5 x 30.5 cm

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Halima Cassell
Round Forms II
Edition of 25, signed and numbered
59.5 x 42 cm
Framed and unframed editions available

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Halima Cassell
Round Forms III
Edition of 25, signed and numbered
59.5 x 42 cm
Framed and unframed editions available

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Halima Cassell
Square Forms I
Edition of 25, signed and numbered
59.5 x 42 cm
Framed and unframed editions available

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Halima Cassell
Square Forms II
Edition of 25, signed and numbered
59.5 x 42 cm
Framed and unframed editions available

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Image credits: Ben McKee

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