Art fans have just a few weeks left to see a celebrated sculpture before it leaves Northumberland next month.
Stella McCartney’s stunning three metre high leaping horse Lucky Spot is to be removed from display at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens on April 18.
The sculpture made from more than 8000 Swarovski crystals was created by the internationally renowned fashion designer specifically for the Grade I historic site in 2004 as part of Fashion at Belsay.
One of the venue’s most popular attractions was returned by popular demand last Easter and attracted thousands of additional visitors .
Rob Flower, head of visitor operations for English Heritage in the North East, said: “We were fortunate enough to be able to bring Lucky Spot back to Belsay last spring.”
Lucky Spot’s current home will be closed for two weeks for the installation of its replacement. Contemporary arts exhibition, Extraordinary Measures, will open on May 1.
Running until the end of September, the exhibition will take visitors of all ages into a world of dark enchantment.
Highlights among the specially commissioned installations – most of which are being seen for the first time in the UK – will include the premiere of new hyper-realistic sculptures by Ron Mueck in the 19th Century rooms and photographs of tiny day-trippers facing everyday dramas within the gardens of Belsay, as documented by urban artist Slinkachu.
To mark Lucky Spot’s departure, English Heritage is giving visitors over the Easter holidays the chance to win a selection of prizes, if they are able to find the hidden ‘Lucky Spots’ dotted around the castle, hall and gardens.