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If the facade of Winchester Cathedral is anodyne, its interior certainly is not, with its long views, spatial intricacy and rich detail. Contemporary sculpture could seem quite superuous here, but as part of Winchester's Year of Sculpture 2007, John Gibbons, himself a sculptor, is installing works by some wellknown names, including David Batchelor and Rachel Whiteread, for an exhibition called Light (3 May to 31 July). Given the funereal associations of some of Whiteread's pieces, her contribution will probably look perfectly at home among the tombs and chantry chapels. Some years ago the cathedral acquired one of Antony Gormley's lead figures and, though they've become ubiquitous since then, this one is still effective, positioned as it is in the usually ooded crypt.

Already open and continuing until 5 June is Rummage - a complementary exhibition at the Winchester Gallery. It features drawings by an impressive line-up of sculptors at work today, from Anthony Caro to Richard Long - a cast-list which suggests how broadly the term sculpture can now be interpreted ( www. yearofsculpture. com).

One artist in Rummage is David Nash, whose studio is near the slate tips of Blaenau Ffestiniog. From 5 May-10 June he's showing in Lewes in the more benign landscape of the South Downs. Since the 1960s Nash has explored the sculptural possibilities of wood, from the native species around Blaenau to rarities encountered on his travels. Some works are semi-functional (ladders, bridges, tables, boxes); others more ornamental or abstract (cubes, cylinders, spheres). Many are collaborations with nature, rather than Nash dominating his material ( www. sculpturexhibitions. com).

Installing diverse works by a single artist is one thing, by several artists quite another, but at Caruso St John's Gagosian Gallery near London's King's Cross there's a lesson in how that can be achieved (pictured above). Living, Looking, Making counterpoints the weight of Richard Serra's precarious propped Corfiten pieces with the eroded figures of Giacometti, and Lucio Fontana's rough dark bronze spheres (scattered on the oor like meteorites), with Cy Twombly's attenuated forms - bronze too, but almost ethereal ( www. gagosian. com).

For forthcoming events visit www. ajplus. co. uk/diary

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