Exhibition Venue: 2 York Street, Sheffield S1 2AN
This is a temporary location next to the Bradford and Bingley Building on the corner of High Street and York Street, and also adjacent to the Sheffield Star and Telegraph offices.

The exhibition is NOT at our gallery on Ecclesall Road 

Hours of opening and dates:
Nov 9th-25th, 2007; Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm


Archipelago Art Gallery is promoting a show of work by the internationally renowned micro-sculptor Willard Wigan MBE, creator of tiny sculptures so small that they fit comfortably inside the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. Made from materials including spider¹s web, dust particles and human eye lashes, they measure less than a human blood cell or 1.5 microns in size. Despite their teeny dimensions these are highly prized pieces - in July this year, a commission piece "Lloyd¹s of London on a Pin Head" sold for £94,000.  Collectors of his work include Sir Elton John, HRH The Prince of Wales and Mike Tyson.

Archipelago has teamed up with the David Lloyd Gallery, who specialise in Wigan's work, to bring the show to Sheffield in November.  The miniscule art attracted enormous attention at a recent show in London, with crowds flocking to marvel at the seemingly impossible feats of micro-construction.   Visitors can expect to see micro-sculptures such The Statue of Liberty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the World Cup and Elvis. Practically invisible to the naked eye,  the pieces come fully encased in their own display units incorporating microscopic and loupe viewing apparatus

"In one sense this is one of the biggest shows to come to Sheffield in recent years - but of course it is quite spectacularly tiny art that we're talking about here", says Archipelago's director, Rupert Wood. "It's such a high profile event, and interest will be strong, so we're putting it on in a superb space in the very heart of Sheffield, on York Street, near the cathedral"

The exhibition will be launched with a private view attended by Willard Wigan.  The exhibition, "In The Eye of The Needle", will run from Thursday 8th November to Tuesday 20th November 2007. The pieces themselves are for sale, and also signed framed photographs and limited edition portfolio collections of signed photographs.

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