Research Libraries and Archives

Cass Sculpture Foundation was established in 1992 and was conceived as a unique not-for-profit commissioning and educational organisation, providing a platform for emerging and mid-career artists to achieve new levels of ambition. The site is open to the public and home to an ever-changing display of sculptures that has included work by Antony Caro, Eduardo Paolozzi, Rachel Whiteread, Tony Cragg and Antony Gormley, as well as an exciting programme of exhibitions and educational events.

CASS's unique Permanent Collection houses over 450 maquettes and works on paper, gifted to the Foundation by artists as part of the commissioning process. These are artworks in their own right, but also reveal different artists’ approaches to this preparatory stage of the creative process, and the development of works from concept through to full-scale realisation.

The Archive provides a rich, in-depth insight into the commissioning and artistic process. It includes correspondence, sketches, photographs, documentation relating to the fabrication, sale and exhibition of works, press cuttings, ephemera, publications and audio-visual material.

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We offer archive tours, which can be booked in advance by emailing or calling 01243 538 449. For research enquiries please contact the Archivist Alice O'Hanlon on Please check our website for opening hours and further details: