ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long 21 October – 17 December 2011 The riverside setting of Abbot Hall Art Gallery, which forms part of the Lakeland Arts Trust, will make a fitting backdrop to this exhibition of work by seminal British artist Richard Long. The works on display form part of the ARTIST ROOMS collection, which is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Since the late 1960s Long has made work in the landscape. His practice of making walks in the natural world led him to be one of the most prominent and pioneering artists of his generation, extending art beyond the boundaries of the gallery. The artist records his walks, and the discreet sculptures he makes in the landscape through photography, maps and text pieces that together explore the geometry of the environment. He has also used organic materials such as slate, flint or sticks to make floor-based sculptures and frequently integrates mud into drawings and wall-works. Long presented an exhibition at Abbot Hall in 1985. Twenty-six years later, this exhibition will offer visitors the possibility to explore the artist’s practice across his extensive career. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is an inspired partnership with the Art Fund – the fundraising charity for works of art, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.