Steinunn Thorarinsdottir CAIRNS sculpture trail


Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s CAIRNS

CAIRNS opens on 28 April and runs until October.

    The sculptures are dotted around the University of Hull’s Cottingham Road campus and are accessible around the clock, but we advise to have a look at them during daylight hours.

Maps with detail about each sculpture are available from the Venn building reception and Middleton Hall at the front of campus during office hours.


CAIRNS, by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, will form a trail around the University, encouraging visitors to explore the campus.The exhibition opens on 28 April, with the cast iron and steel sculptures – some up to 2.5 metres high –celebrating the ties between Hull and Iceland. CAIRNS is the latest in a packed programme of the University’s events as a Principal Partner in Hull UK City of Culture 2017. More than 30,000 visitors have already attended events from exhibitions of world-famous artwork to film festivals and live music festivals.
“I am thrilled at the prospect of installing CAIRNS at the campus of the University of Hull. It will be a beautiful frame for the 10 life size sculptures that will make up the sculpture trail. “Hull has a special place in my heart ever since the Voyage project was initiated all those years ago. I’m excited to be back and hope the trail will encourage people to visit the campus and experience it in a new way.”

Steinunn has been a professional artist for 40 years. She has worked on figurative sculpture from the beginning of her career. Her figures are androgynous symbols of humanity. They are organic and explosive in their formation. Man´s conversation with nature, his surroundings and society are an integral part of her art. The figures have a deliberately anonymous quality. Despite their seeming anonymity they are based on the artist´s older son which brings them close to her like a family. Steinunn studied sculpture in England and Italy. She has exhibited widely with solo shows in Iceland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, UK, Germany, Canada and USA, in museums, galleries and public places. Steinunn has received numerous awards and grants, among them is the Order of the Falcon in 2009 granted by the President of Iceland for her contribution to the visual arts in Iceland and abroad.
Her works are in public, private and corporate collection worldwide.
Steinunn´s work is represented in the USA by Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA

Find Thorarinsdottir sculptures at our gallery today.