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Born 1949 in Sydney, Australia
Currently lives and works in Ledbury
and London, United Kingdom

Bath Academy of Art, Bath, uk
British Council Exchange Scholarship at Institul
de Arte Plastice ‘Nicolae Grigorescu’, Bucuresti,
Republica Socialista Romania


selected solo exhibitions
Gallery Exhibition, London
Nicholas Pope: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury (uk)


  • The Apostle Speaking in Tongues

New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park,
Salisbury, uk

39 Maple blocks, maple wood, height 60cm x 1830cm


Then and Now (with Toon Verhoef ), Galerie
Onrust, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Dead Mum Surrounded by the Boys Epoxy resin, Height 88 cm
  • Mr & Mrs Pope lit From With in, Porcelain Electric light height 166cm
  • Brotherly Love, Epoxy Resin


My Three Fates, Bernard Jacobson Gallery,
London, uk

The Ten Commandments in Flowing Light, Art &
Project, Slootdorp, The Netherlands

The Ten Commandments in flowing lights. Porcelain, metal, cloth, polystyrene, aluminium foil                       300 x 600cm




The Painted Room, Ledbury Poetry Festival,
Ledbury, uk

1998, Ernle’s Last Flight, Water Colour in Pastel and


Art & Project, Slootdorp, The Netherlands

Art Now: Nicholas Pope: The Apostles Speaking in
Tongues, Tate Gallery, London, uk

The Apostles Speaking in Tongues Lit By Their Own Lamps.                                                                                    Terracotta, metal, oil, wick and flames                                300x118cm


Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium


Waddington Galleries, London, uk

Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium1985

Hoos heigh 140cm, Silver birch, African Woods        26cm,  Ebony


Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Untitled Chalk & Soapstone 112cm hiegh

Waddington Galleries, London, uk

Maquette for an Unknown Landscape No5 and Maquette for an Unknown Landscape No1.

Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium

Nicholas Pope: Wax Drawings and Sculpture, John
Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton,
Southampton, uk

Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium

Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo,
The Netherlands

Odd Elms, 214 x 6420cm Elms Wood

British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Long Larch Line

Anthony Stokes Gallery, London, uk

Three wood Blocks, Hornbeam Wood, Thirty Wood Blocks, Tall Wood Blocks

Art & Project, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Seven odd Chalks, Four Thin Stones, Three odd Woods, Five odd Woods & Three Stone Slabs


Gallery A, Sydney, Australia

Garage Gallery, London, uk

1976 Tall Chalk, Leaning Chalk, Stacked Lead, Small Chalk, height 120 cm. Leaning Column, Oak Tree Column.


1976 City of Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery,
Portsmouth, uk

Curved Stack heigh 64cm Lead & Bath Stone

Selected group exhibitions

Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics Leeuwarden Netherlands

Multiple Market, Handel Street Projects,
London, uk
Crating, Mistaken Presence at The Greyfriars,
Lincoln, uk
The Stone of Folly, Down Stairs Gallery,
Great Brampton House, Madley, uk

United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain
in the 1960s and 1970s, Henry Moore Institute,
Leeds, uk

Super Farmers’ Market, Handel Street Projects,
London, uk

Depot vbvr: Cragg, Flanagan, Gilbert & George,
Long, Lord, Pope, Rijksmuseum Twenthe,
Enschede, The Netherlands

Clay, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, uk

1979, Bloomberg Space, London, uk

Ramen Windows, The Edams Museum, Edam,
The Netherlands
Mixed Exhibition, Bernard Jacobson Gallery,
London, uk

Slip: Artists in The Netherlands and Britain Working
with Ceramic, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts,
Norwich, uk and Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem,
The Netherlands

Simply British: Flanagan, Long and Pope,
Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede,
The Netherlands

Fine Edge, Leominster, uk

Arkipelag, Stockholm, Sweden

Sculpturen uit de collectie van Marlies en Jo Eyck,
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht,
The Netherlands

Festival Sculpture, International Garden Festival,
Liverpool, uk

The Becht Collection at Arnolfini, Arnolfini,
Bristol, uk

Kunst in de Polder, Art & Project, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Les Maîtres de Forme Contemporains, Brussels,

The Artist’s Notebook, Galerie Bernard Jordan,
Paris, France; Galerie Akiyama, Tokyo and
Atelier Nishinomiya, Nishinomiya, Japan
Carved Wood, Contemporary Applied Arts,
London, uk

Focus on British Art, International Cultureel
Centrum, Antwerp, Belgium

Groups VII, Waddington Galleries,
London, uk
The Becht Collection, Stedlijk Museum,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
London Festival of Architecture, Canary Wharf,
London, uk

Groups VI, Waddington Galleries,
London, uk
Woodworks, Plymouth Arts Centre,
Plymouth, uk
Drawing in Air, Sunderland Arts Centre,
Sunderland, uk

Erwin Gross, Hans van Hoek, Mimmo Paladino,
A R Penck, Nicholas Pope, Waddington Galleries,
London, uk
The Sculpture Walk, Great Linford Arts Centre,
Milton Keyes, uk

British Art Now: An American Perspective, Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, ny, us; San
Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, ca, us; Telfair
Academy of Arts & Sciences, Savannah, ga, us;
University Art Museum, Austin, tx, us; and
Royal Academy of Art, London, uk
New Image, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan, Italy
Nature as Material, Arts Council of Great Britain
touring exhibition

Sculptors’ Drawings, The Minories, Colchester, uk
First International Young Artist Triennial of
Drawing, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg, Germany
Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts Second National
Exhibition, Castle Museum, Norwich;
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich; Camden Arts
Centre, London and Graves Art Gallery,
Sheffield, uk
Style in the Seventies, Arnolfini, Bristol, uk
British Art Now, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield;
Laing Gallery, Newcastle; Hatton Gallery,
Newcastle; Arnolfini, Bristol and Royal West of
England Academy, Bristol, uk

A Critic’s Choice, Institute of Contemporary Art,
London, uk, Taranman Gallery, London, uk
A Free Hand, Arts Centre Gallery, Chester; Ikon
Gallery, Birmingham; Huddersfield Art Gallery,
Huddersfield; Great Yarmouth Exhibition
Centre, Great Yarmouth; Leicester Polytechnic,
Leicester and Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, uk

Stephanie Bergman and Nicholas Pope,
Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton and
Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, uk
Carving: An Exhibition of Carved Wood and Stone
Sculpture, Brighton Festival, Brighton, uk
Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British
Sculpture, Battersea Park, London, uk
On Site, Arnolfini, Bristol, uk

Summer Show 3, Serpentine Gallery, London, uk
Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery,
London, uk

The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery,
London, uk

City Art Project: Portsmouth and Southsea,
Portsmouth City Museums, Portsmouth, uk

Festival Gallery, Bath, uk

Public collections
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Arts Council Collection, London, uk
Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht,
Maastricht, The Netherlands
bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon,
Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht, The
City of Edmonton Public Art Collection,
Edmonton, Canada
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, uk
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, uk
Portsmouth City Museum Collection,
Portsmouth, uk
Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo,
The Netherlands
Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service,
Rochdale, uk
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
New York, ny, us
Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch,
Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
The British Council, London, uk
The British Museum, London, uk
The Tate Collection, London, uk
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, uk
University of Southampton, Southampton, uk
Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open-Air Museum, Ueda,

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, uk

Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield, uk
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, uk

Residencies and Committees
Visiting Artist, Victoria College, Melbourne,

Artist in Residence, Oxford University,
Oxford, uk

British Council Cultural Visitor to Zimbabwe
Member of the Serpentine Gallery Committee
and Arts Council Art Panel

British Representative Commonwealth Games
Sculpture Symposium, Edmonton, Canada

Chairman and Member of Southern Arts
Association Art Panel

British Council Cultural Visitor to Romania


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Nicholas Pope

Nicholas Pope (b. 1949) is one of a generation of talented British sculptors who acquired national and international prominence in the 1970s and 1980s. Like others, such as Tony Cragg (b. 1949), Richard Deacon (b 1948), Bill Woodrow (b. 1947), Antony Gormley (b. 1951) and Edward Allington (b. 1951), Pope was interested in making sculpture that departed from the boxy geometrical object orders of American Minimalism and resulted from a direct, physical and emotional engagement with materials.

He worked on both large and small scale, carving wood, chalk and stone, whilst also working in lead and terracotta. He soon became known for his compelling lumpen forms, as well as for his columns and arches. In these works, he explored the precariousness of stacking, using rope to coordinate his sculptures’ gravity-defying logic and heighten the inbuilt tension of their compositions.

Pope was student of Bath Academy at Corsham (1970-73) and soon travelled on a number of scholarships abroad, including to Romania in 1974 and 1975, where his passion for Brancusi’s heritage further developed. Pope’s Oak Wood Column was included in The Condition of Sculpture (1975) at the Hayward Gallery in London, selected by the sculptor William Tucker, and Pope’s sculptures were shown in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1980. That year Pope’s work was also shown across the USA in the British Art Now: An American Perspective touring exhibition.

In the early 1980s Pope’s life changed when, after visiting the Mbawala sculptors in the Ruvuma Valley in Tanzania, he contracted an encephalitic virus. Pope gradually came through this debilitating disease, looking determinedly ahead and learning again how to draw and write, think and make. Working on paper took on new meaning and, as well as making drawings and woodcuts, he carved some models for unknown landscapes in wood and alabaster.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Pope produced some of the most extraordinary artwork that he had made in his career up to that point. Eschewing the natural palette of his early work, he made works that were bright and bold, amorphous and effusive, crude and unabashed, as he took matters of life, sex and death head on – with a passion and a vengeance. Narrative acquired new importance as he explored the power of belief, reshaping its forms and translating its religious iconographies into ceramic, epoxy resin and oil pastel. He revisited its established allegories with newer story-lines that take us at once into the heart of the family home and out onto the open road. Amongst his works from these recent years, we find his ‘Motorway Service Station of the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Virtues’. We also watch as he embarks on new sculptures within his ongoing ‘Mr & Mrs Pope’ series of works, in which he depicts both himself and his late wife Janet together – and in different guises and diverse materials – across their married life, from the 1970s into the present.

Nicholas Pope is presently working on a series of new exhibitions staged in the summer of 2021 at The Holburne Museum in Bath, the New Art Centre at Roche Court and The Sunday Painter in Stockwell. Pope has also just completed a commission for Hellens Manor in his home village of Much Marcle, The commission “Weird” was made during the pandemic and inaugurates a biennial sculpture commission at Hellens for young artists. This mirrors Hellens Music Festival’s established tradition of fostering young musicians.

Liar Liar 2007–09 15 unglazed ceramic figures Height: 73 cm | 29 in (approx.)

Liar Liar 2007–09
15 unglazed ceramic figures
Height: 73 cm | 29 in (approx.)

The Apostles Speaking in Tongues Lit By Their Own Lamps 1993–96

The Apostles Speaking in Tongues
Lit By Their Own Lamps 1993–96
Terracotta, metal, oil, wick, flames
Height: 300 cm | 118 in (approx.)
Installation view, Tate Britain, 1996–97

Pentecost: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues

Pentecost: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues


Salisbury Cathedral | May 24th to August 3rd

Exhibition has now ended

Pentecost: The Apostles Speaking in Tongues is a group of 33 dramatic terracotta figures last seen in the UK in 1996 as part of the Tate’s Art Now series.

The Apostles Speaking in Tongues Lit By Their Own Lamps can be seen at Salisbury Cathedral from Saturday 24 May until Sunday 3 August. Recommended viewing times are Monday-Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm and Sunday 12.00noon – 4.00pm (services are held at 8.00am, 9.15am, 10.30am and 4.30pm).  The lamps will be lit three times daily.

Salisbury Cathedral, 6 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EF



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New Art Centre

Nicholas Pope: Works and Days


New Art Centre
Exhibition has now ended

The exhibition will be opened at 12.30pm by
Professor Andrew Causey and Richard Deacon, CBE

Roche Court
East Winterslow
Salisbury, Wiltshire



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A One Day Walk

‘A One Day Walk’


At the Kroller Muller Mueseum

Under the title A One Day Walk, which derives from a work by Hamish Fulton,
the museum will exhibit around fifty works by Anthony Caro, Philip King,
Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Nicholas Pope, Barry Flanagan, Tony Cragg and Bill Woodrow.

Kröller-Müller Museum
Houtkampweg 6
6731 AW Otterlo

for more information please click below:
‘A One Day Walk’


one day walk details 1
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Nicholas Pope: 5 x 5

Nicholas Pope: 5 x 5

University of the arts London
LVMH Lecture Theatre
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London

06 Mar 2014 18:30

A panel discussion studies five groups of works by celebrated British artist Nicholas Pope
with William Cobbing, Mark Dunhill, Fedja Klikovac, Frances Morris and Dr Joy Sleeman.


More information available here.