Burnley artist’s sculpture could go on show at Tate Gallery

Scullptor Vivien Whitaker.
Scullptor Vivien Whitaker.

A UNIQUE sculpture by a Burnley-born artist could be displayed in the country’s most prestigious gallery.

A director of Tate Britain has recommended a sculpture by Vivien Whitaker to the Tate Acquisitions Panel.

Tate Britain is a London-based gallery and part of the Tate Gallery network in Britain including the Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Vivien’s piece called “Inside the Scream” has been recommended to the panel.

And Vivien, a former pupil at Burnley Girls’ High School, is also celebrating unveiling her latest piece of work at a historic Derbyshire church. “Angel of the Peak” has pride of place at St Lawrence’s Church, Barlow.

Made of one of the last pieces of English Alabaster mined locally from the Dove Valley in the south of the Peak District, Vivien said: “Angel of the Peak looks entirely at home in this 12th Century setting as it stands in a high south facing window where the sun illuminates it, shedding diffused light onto the altar.”

Last year, Vivien handed over a sculpture to Burnley’s Towneley Hall. Vivien drew inspiration from her many visits to the hall as a young girl to create “Swan Preening.”

A member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors with a first class honours degree in art and design from the University of Hull, Vivien is to have a solo exhibition at Towneley Hall in 2013. Vivien’s work is unique as she is working with the last English alabaster. She will continue her work in alabaster sourced from Italy, Canada and Egypt.

Vivien is based in the Peak District where she lives with her husband, professor and business academic David Megginson. Vivien makes regular trips to Burnley to see her her mum, Gladys Whitaker, in Padiham. Vivien’s work can be seen on her website www.vivienwhitakersculpture.com