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Exhibition can attract visitors from around the world – managing partner speaks about Crucible2

27 August 2014

Our managaing partner Margaret Austen has spoken of the importance of Gloucester hosting art exhibitions like Crucible2.

Our law firm is the lead sponsor of the nationally important exhibition which will run from 1st September to 31st October.

Margaret recalled her experience of the first Crucible exhibition in 2010, which is thought to have benefited the local economy by £4 million.

In a new video, she has spoken of why the county needs exhibitions like Crucible2.

Margaret said: “As a longtime supporter of the arts in the county, we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to sponsor Crucible2. It is one of the biggest exhibitions of modern sculpture in the UK and we hope it will attract large numbers of people to the county.

“One of the highlights of this year’s exhibition is the Lynn Chadwick sculpture of two cloaked figures standing outside the Cathedral to welcome visitors. It is the headline piece, which Willans is sponsoring in particular. This is an important year as it marks the centenary of the birth of Chadwick, who was an internationally-renowned sculptured from Gloucestershire.”

Margaret, who is also a trustee of the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, urged people to visit the sculptures.

She added: “This will be a fantastic exhibition and we hope that people locally, nationally and internationally will come and enjoy this free event.”

Crucible2 will display 100 sculptures placed throughout the cathedral and its grounds, setting these modern pieces of art against the backdrop of a magnificent historical building.

Hundreds of thousands of people visited the first Crucible in 2010 and this event is set to be even bigger and better.

Crucible2 is jointly organised by Gloucester Cathedral and Gallery Pangolin and will be completely free of charge, so everyone can enjoy and experience some of the most exceptional sculpture produced in the past 50 years.   

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