Internationally acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley has enjoyed major success exhibiting all over the world. His largely figurative sculptures of the human body take on many forms, and can be found in numerous public sites and private collections, one of the most famous being the Angel of the North in Tyne and Wear. The New Art Centre was one of the first to commission Gormley in 1989 when he produced the emotive Mountain and Sea. In 2001 the New Art Centre's award-winning gallery was home to an exhibition of Gormley's 1998 Insider figures, and continues to enjoy a strong and reciprocal relationship with the artist.
Recent solo exhibitions include Flare II at St Paul's Cathedral, London; Breathing Room II at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York; and Event Horizon at Madison Square Art, New York. Group exhibitions include Abstraction and the Human Figure, Cam's British Art Collection, Lisbon; Visceral Bodies, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Gerhard Richter and the Disappearance of the Image in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy.
Gormley was awarded a Knighthood in the 2014 New Year Honours list.