Lee Holden

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award winner 2022/23

16 March to 27 April 2024

PV: Friday 15 March, 6-8pm

Cross Lane Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Lee Holden, winner of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2022/23.

This exhibition was developed over the preceding year by Lee Holden (b.1972, Accrington, Lancashire, UK), the 20th recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

Universal Bridge is a site-specific installation focusing upon the “mindset”, technology, and infrastructure of governance, as well as the potential consequences of resistance to enforced technological change. The piece sets up a complex dialogue between, on the one hand, authority, progress, and control and, on the other, sabotage, disruption, and critique.

Using a vast array of found, collected, and reconfigured materials alongside specifically sourced instruments and tools, Holden transforms the gallery’s unique display spaces so as to suggest a military or government research station devoted to clandestine activities of dubious intent. Something very disturbing happened here: an irreversible accident or transgressive intrusion took place.

The MTSA is one of the most significant awards for emerging UK artists working in the field of sculpture. It seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material. Holden was the 20th winner of the annual sculpture prize and received: £10,000 towards the production of this new work; a solo exhibition at Standpoint in 2023; and a National Touring Programme.

Holden was selected from close to 300 submissions by a judging panel, comprising: Mike Nelson RA; Jane Bhoyroo, Producer at Yorkshire Sculpture International; Rebecca Scott, director at Cross Lane Projects and Mark Tanner Trust; and Rosie Edwards, MTSA winner 2021/22.

Universal Bridge’ tours the UK, as part of the MTSAs National Touring Programme beginning at Standpoint Gallery in May 2023.

Photos Credit: Tim Bowditch. Courtesy of Standpoint.

Read Out of Time, Out of Space: Lee Holden’s Universal Bridge
by Peter Suchin here.

Large print version here.

About the artist

Lee Holden studied a MFA at University of Reading, 1997-99, and BA (Hons) Fine Art at Cumbria College of Art & Design,1991-94.

Holden has exhibited widely at both national and international venues. Selected solo exhibitions include: Universal Bridge, Standpoint Gallery, 2023; Insnar’d with Flowers, I Fall on Grass, Angus Hughes Gallery, 2014; Fourth Estate, SHIFT Gallery, 2011; HOAX! Magazin 4 – Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria, 2008.

Selected group exhibitions include: Poor Things: Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2023; Auto-Destruct: Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, 2019; Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, 2018; The Future Can Wait 2013; B1 Victoria House, London, 2013; Dumbwaiter, Dumbwaiter: James Taylor Gallery, 2019; Merz=, Magazin4, Bregenz, Austria, 2006; EAST International 2005: Selector Gustav Metzger, EAST International 05, Norwich Gallery, 2005.


Publication celebrating the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.
Edited  by Emma Benyon & Michael Taylor.

Published by ‘Black Dog Press’ in celebration of 20 years of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

‘Thinking is Making: Objects in a Space’ assembles voices of leading figures of contemporary British sculpture as they examine the relationship between the object and its maker within this mediated field. Dr. Jon Wood traces the influence of sculptures and sculptors who have defined the form in recent decades. An illustrated conversation between the award’s winners from 2013 to 2023 illuminates the development of diverse sculptural practices, locating sculpture in a space defined by both volumes of creativity and a dearth of access. And finally, a roundtable discussion between judges Lisa Le Feuvre, Phyllida Barlow, Hew Locke and Mike Nelson speculates on the future of the award, now entering its third decade, as it asks: Who are sculptors today? And what will they make?

Hardback, 28 × 23 cm | 11 × 9 in, 208 pages
ISBN 978-1-912165-46-9

Available to buy from Cross Lane Projects at a special launch price £20 (£29.95 RRP)
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Limited edition lithographs by Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (MTSA) artists, printed in collaboration with Paupers Press.
All sales go towards the MTSA, supporting UK sculptors.
MTSA 2022/23

Lithograph, 50 x 60 cm
19 3/4 x 23 5/8 in
Edition of 25, signed & dated in pencil

£500 unframed
£750 framed