Miranda Strickland-Constable obituary

By James Hamilton

My former colleague Miranda Strickland-Constable was a curator at Leeds City Art Gallery, where her purchases were among the most adventurous by municipal galleries in Britain in the 1970s and 80s. In themselves courageous, they gave courage to other curators to capture the same progressive spirit.

Hers were highly cerebral artists, often introduced to Leeds in the face of opposition from a conservative local audience and sceptical politicians, and in whose work, often using non-traditional media, the image assumed unfamiliar, teasing and even jarring form. Among her acquisitions were Bernd and Hilla Becher‘s Three Pit Heads (1977), Richard Long‘s Five Stones (1975), John Walker's Three Reds (1968), Hamish Fulton‘s Arran Hilltops (1978) and works by Rita Donagh, Victor Burgin and Andy Goldsworthy.

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