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William Pye in Film

12 February 2018 - 4 May 2018
Monday to Friday 11.00– 5.00pm. Please note that we will be closed over the Easter period from 30 March - 02 April inclusive.

Royal Society of Sculptors 108 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3RA

The artist William Pye, who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors, is best known for working in metal, stone and especially water. He is also passionate about film, documenting his art and life for the past five decades. 

This exhibition brings together for the first time his films, which Pye has made himself and also with the filmmakers Sasha Snow and Ian Helliwell. 

“I realised early on in my career as a sculptor that if I was to be successful I would have to sell my work and consequently be prepared to part with it. This prompted me to photograph everything I made before it passed out of my life. As soon as I began introducing moving water I needed no persuasion to add movie to the on-going record of my development, to give a better understanding of the essence of what I strive for,” he says.

Pye’s first films were shot using Super 8 film. In 1974 he bought a 16mm camera to make “Reflections”, commissioned by the Arts Council. “Since then, I have gone through many video cameras, ranging from the huge and clunky to the neat and small,” he says. 

Making movies has been part of the artist’s life for as long as he can remember “and even before that my father was filming me as a baby in my pram with his Standard 8 cine camera.” 

Tuesday 27 February 2018 - 6.30pm: William Pye in conversation with film makers Sasha Snow and Ian Helliwell, chaired by Helen Pheby, Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Tickets via Eventbrite

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