Cass Sculpture Foundation was founded in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass who are still active founders and trustees. Their mission was to provide support for artists to achieve new levels of ambition. The result is a pioneering not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and presents the output of some of the most important figures in contemporary sculpture.
Today, CASS is a multifaceted organisation with a rich heritage, consisting of a commissioning body, educational resource, exhibition production and consultancy services. As motivated by education and the public display of outdoor sculpture as by the commissioning process, CASS is open to visitors all year round and organises ambitious and diverse annual exhibitions.
Passionately committed to nurturing new, as well as established talent, the organisation commissions as many as 15 new works every year. It is consequently home to a constantly evolving display that has included sculptures by Sir Anthony Caro, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Rachel Whiteread, Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley and Sara Barker amongst others. CASS supports its commissioned artists at every step of the process, from conception to fabrication, exhibition and sale. As such, it provides exceptional opportunities for sculptors in the UK as well as internationally, and at varying stages in their careers.
CASS is funded by sculpture sales, consultancy income and philanthropy. All of the works on display are available for sale, with proceeds split equally between the artist and the organisation in order to facilitate new commissions. In the past 24 years, CASS has raised and invested over £43,000,000 into over 250 Artists. This policy fosters a cycle of creativity, realised on a monumental scale.
The commissioning process established by CASS has become a widely emulated model. Appealing to corporate companies and public institutions alike, CASS has project-managed commissions in London, Hong Kong and Singapore; and consulted on the establishment of sculpture parks in China, India and Norway. CASS also established the commissioning process and commissioned the first three sculptures on the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square. Most recently, it organised and curated British sculptor Tony Cragg’s first large-scale solo exhibition along Exhibition Road in London for the London 2012 Festival in partnership with The Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum. Just a few of the many world renowned organisations that CASS has collaborated with along the way.
Tony Cragg, Versus, 2012