The Edge is delighted to present a wide range of sculptures, drawings and films from one of the UK’s most exciting young sculptors James Capper. Fascinating for being recognisable yet other worldly, Capper’s machine-like sculptures suggest an interplay between art, technology and the natural world. The application of hydraulic engineering ensures each has the capability of land marking or sculpting when operated, however the experimentation and refinement deployed transcends componentry and purpose, rendering them as works of art.

With venues nationally including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Modern Art Oxford, Whitworth Art Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum having showcased the artist in recent years, The Edge exhibition features the largest number of works shown in the UK to date. A truly unique solo show – Sculpture & Hydraulics – includes works exhibited in the UK for the first time, spectacularly sited across the galleries, foyer and outside spaces.

Capper’s output is a composite of many influences and passions. Like the Land Art movement of 1970’s America, what’s ‘left behind’ by the artist and specifically his machines draws comparison to the pioneering works of Richard Smithson or Nancy Holt. But Capper is a maker of permanent objects too, producing sculptures that sculpt and an alluring array of attachments granting him status within the pantheon of traditional sculpture-making and exhibiting. His study of arachnids, caterpillars and ‘working’ insects alongside modern farm machinery places his output with technical practitioners who represent what they observe around them. Arguably the most complete picture comes when Capper operates his creations in person, and during Sculpture & Hydraulics there will be frequent opportunities for gallery visitors to experience this on dates listed below.






Associated events

James Capper Artist Talk
Thu 16 Feb, 6.15pm (Weston Studio)
Hear more from James Capper and gain further insight at a talk to mark the exhibition Sculpture & Hydraulics. Followed by Q&A
FREE – book to secure a place

Wednesdays, 1.30pm
Experts in the fields of engineering and contemporary arts practice will bring their unique perspectives to Sculpture & Hydraulics. Tours are FREE and will last a maximum of 20 minutes. Book to secure a place

Sculpture Demonstrations
Fri 17 March, 11am-5pm
Sat 18 March, 1pm
James Capper will be demonstrating selected works featured in Sculpture & Hydraulics. Demonstrations are FREE, no need to book in advance.


Exhibition presented in association with Hannah Barry Gallery, London.

Main image: HYDRA SHUFFLE I, Photo courtesy of The Moving Museum, Below left: THE NIPPER FAMILY, Photo courtesy of The Moving Museum, Below right: PELICAN JAW NIPPER, Photo by Damian Griffiths


An incredible young artist whose varied references include land art, farm machinery, insects and hydraulic engineering

Jamie Eastman, Director of Arts, University of Bath