‘Density and Lightness’ Sculpture Exhibition

Saturday 12th June 2021 - Monday 30th August 2021

‘Density and Lightness’ exhibition from South West Sculptors, in collaboration with Exeter Cathedral. 

‘Density & Lightness’ will feature 75 sculptures from 24 artists, inside and outside Exeter Cathedral, from 12 June to 30 August. The diverse exhibits will include pieces made from stone, wood, ceramic, bronze, plaster and glass. Careful curation and juxta-positioning will highlight links between these guest sculptures and the Cathedral’s own permanent works.

South West Sculptors exist to showcase the work of skilled sculptors practicing with diverse materials in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. Formed in 2000, their members include internationally-known sculptors, some who have received commissions for public artworks from local hospitals and international universities.  Many of the sculptures will be available for sale and entrance to the exhibition is included in the Cathedral admission fee.


Exhibition included in the admission to the Cathedral.

The Programme

Watch this space for more details and associated events including a soundscape commissioned as part of one of the installations, a piano recital linked to another installation, contemporary dance performances, guided tours and interactive events for all.

About South West Sculptors

In 2016, a member of the South West Sculptors, Martin Staniforth, responded to the fire that destroyed historic buildings overlooking the Exeter Cathedral green. There he sited a sculpture, fabricated from burnt wood, that stood defiantly, wing-like in a spirit of rebirth. This sowed the seed for a group show that will explore the themes of vulnerability, courage and growth in 2021.

Exeter Cathedral is an environment rich in its accumulation of sculpture over past decades. Even before the South West Sculptors install their work, the theme of Density & Lightness is already present in carved tombstones, eagles on lecterns and the soaring stone structure of the Cathedral itself.


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