Millfield’s arts landscape is enhanced by a unique sculpture collection within our 100 acres of parkland with its magnificent outlook towards Glastonbury Tor and the Mendip Hills. Featuring large scale permanent works from artists such as Marcus Vergette, Glynn Williams and Peter Randall-Page the collection uses the landscape to enrich the artistic and aesthetic backdrop for visitors.
The Annual Millfield Sculpture Commission ran between 1989-2008, and was an open competition for artists from across the UK and Europe to work as Sculptor in Residence for six to eight weeks. The finished commission would then form part of the Millfield sculpture collection.
Most recent winners include Richard Jack’s Family Patterns, a mild steel construction with a nod towards Cubism located outside the entrance to the School reception. Also in 2006 the Music Centre commissioned Stephen Hitchin’s Symphony, a relief piece of Ancaster Stone, which sweeps across a large expanse of curving wall like a series of musical notes. The 2007 autumn term saw a special stone War Memorial Commission by Chris Peterson to remember former Millfield students who lost their lives in war, while in 2008 a purchased sculpture, Stepping Out, by Sarah Moore & Jan Roe was installed in a fine elevated position near the dining hall.
As well as the varied work of our Sculptors in Residence, the Sculpture Tour has hosted major exhibitions from international sculptors, including Sir Anthony Caro, Peter Randall Page and Sophie Ryder. Visitors can collect a Sculpture Tour map and visitor’s badge from the Atkinson Gallery during opening hours, or you can download a copy of the map from the website.