Screening of 1983 Channel 4 documentary Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Sculpture So Different, So Appealing

21st May 2015

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One of the very first films that Illuminations produced is the arts documentary Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Sculpture So Different, So Appealing. Made with a number of sculptors in the summer of 1983 and screened on Channel 4 the following year, the 50-minute film directed by Geoff Dunlop was a co-production with the Arts Council of Great Britain. And on Tuesday 2 June the programme is to be screened in Leeds alongside an Arts Council England exhibition of sculpture from the 1970s and 1980s.

The exhibition Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986 is a touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection which is on display at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 21 June. Featured in the show are works by Tony Cragg, Bill Woodrow, Anish Kapoor and Julian Opie, all of whom are featured in Just What Is It…?

The film will be shown in Leeds at Hyde Park Picture House (tickets available from the venue) along with William Raban’s film 72-82 which was produced in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of Acme Studios. William Raban and Just What Is It…? producer John Wyver will introduce the films and take part in a discussion afterwards.