10 Andy Goldsworthy Facts

Here are ten facts about Andy Goldsworthy, the British artist who produces natural sculptures and environmental and land art.

  • Andy Goldsworthy was born on 26th July 1956, in Cheshire, England.

  • He studied fine art at Bradford College of Art and he also trained at Preston Polytechnic.
  • He lives and works in Scotland in a village called Penpont.
  • Andy Goldsworthy produces artwork using natural materials (such as flowers, mud, ice, leaves, twigs, pebbles, boulders, snow, thorns, bark, grass and pine cones).
  • Much of his work is made outside and is meant to be temporary. He photographs the artwork and then allows it to remain in the natural environment and decay at its own rate. Sometimes he photographs the same work in different conditions.
  • Goldsworthy says he ‘works with nature as a whole’ and sometimes he often doesn’t use man-made tools to produce his sculptures.
  • He has four children.
  • Andy Goldsworthy was given an OBE in 2000.
  • He has won many awards for his work, including: the Yorkshire Arts Award and the Scottish Arts Council Award.
  • He has shown his work in many exhibitions and he’s published several books containing photographs of his environmental art, including: Arch, Wood, Passage, Enclosure and Stone.

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