AN exhibition by renowned British artist Richard Long starts soon at Gallery Oldham as part of the Artist Rooms collection.

It starts on Saturday, May 26, and runs until Saturday, September 15.

The exhibition brings together photographs, prints and sculpture, from the collection, owned jointly by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate.

Long, 72, is one of the most influential British artists of his generation. During the 1960s he explored a radical new approach to material and form that changed the nature of sculpture.

His art is directly connected to the landscape, and to his experience of making solitary walks in remote regions in Britain and all over the world. Long makes sculptures in the landscape, which he documents through photography, text and map works, as well as creating sculptural installations in galleries and other indoor spaces.

This exhibition offers an insight into Long’s impressive 50-year career, and includes some of Long’s most celebrated work including ‘A Line Made by Walking’, which he created in 1976 while still a student at Central Saint Martins art school in London.

For this exhibition Richard Long has also lent two recent text based works to Gallery Oldham: Places Speeds, 2016 and The Changing World, 2017, which will be exhibited for the first time.

Sheena Macfarlane, head of heritage, libraries and arts, said: “It’s fantastic that the work of such an esteemed artist as Richard Long will be on display at Gallery Oldham.

“This will appeal to not only a local audience but should attract art-lovers from across the north west. We’re really looking forward to sharing his work with visitors.”

This exhibition draws from Artist Rooms, a touring collection of more than 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art by upwards of 40 major artists. The collection is displayed across the UK through a touring programme, supported by Arts Council England, Art Fund and Creative Scotland.

Since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 displays at over 75 museums and galleries.