A specially adapted version of Antony Gormley’s ‘Peg’ was unveiled in Halifax last night


This one-off adaption of Antony Gormley’s ‘Peg’ has been generously donated by Hargreaves Foundry

Video of the casting by Hargreaves Foundry


One of Antony Gormley’s famous bollards, ‘Peg’, for the first time ever, has been exclusively adapted especially for Square Chapel Arts Centre. The piece was unveiled at the venue in Halifax last night in front of an audience of 300 made up of sponsors and partners, staff, volunteers, invited guests and members of the public who were lucky enough to book one of the 150 free tickets made available by the arts centre.


This specially adapted Gormley piece doubles up as a donations box. The unveiling that took place last night (Tuesday 3 December) helped the arts centre to launch their new ‘Make a Change’ winter campaign.


Antony Gormley said: “Square Chapel Arts is the throbbing heart of creative Halifax, please give generously to help its wide range of engaging artforms. Any town would give their eye teeth to have a place like this. It deserves all the support we can give.”


The arts centre, in the heart of Halifax, hopes that with the generous support of the public they will generate around £5,000 in donations between December and April 2020, to provide subsidised tickets to more than 500 people who would otherwise be unable to access cinema and theatre.


Adam Roe, Head of Development at Square Chapel, said: With some 24,000 older people in Calderdale feeling lonely, the team here at Square Chapel really wanted to do something to tackle this growing issue. We know from people who come to our Friday morning Arts and Biscuits cinema screenings that something as simple as coming together to see a film or a theatre show really can make a difference to how people feel. It feels like an obvious thing for us to do and with the generosity of our wonderful friends and supporters we know we’ll be able to make a change.”


Square Chapel will be working with organisations from across Calderdale (Looking Out For Our Neighbours – part of the West Yorkshire Health Partnership and Staying Well) to help lonely and isolated individuals, by offering free refreshments and subsidised cinema tickets to attend their popular Friday morning Arts and Biscuits screenings and selected theatre shows in 2020.


The team at Square Chapel Arts Centre are committed to making art accessible to everyone and believe that a £5 donation would contribute towards providing a free ticket for someone less fortunate.


The Gormley cast has been created and sponsored by Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax and has been approved by Gormley and his team. Peg is part of a series of four pieces of street art by Gormley that are used around the Angel of the North. Other versions include ‘snowman’, ‘penis’ and ‘oval’. The Halifax Foundry has created many famous works for Gormley including life size versions of the ‘Angel of the North’ and pieces that can be seen in Gormley’s 2019 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.


For those wanting more information and to donate by buying a ticket for someone else, visit squarechapel.co.uk/support or contact Adam Roe on 01422 353 073 or Text ‘MAKEACHANGE’ to 70085 to donate £5. This costs £5 plus a std rate message.




For more information, please contact Sofia Cann, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tel 01422 353073 sofia@squarechapel.co.uk


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