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Damien Hirst works back in Leeds
Away from the Flock  Damien Hirst. All rights reserved, DACS 2010
Away from the Flock will form part of the Hirst exhibition

Damien Hirst will have his first major exhibition back in the city he grew up in.

Leeds Art Gallery will host the exhibition of works by the artist in 2011.

Hirst has strong links with Leeds and attended Allerton Grange High School and Leeds College of Art and Design.

He came to international prominence in the mid-1990s with his controversial use of animals preserved in formaldehyde.

The exhibition will be coming to the art gallery on the Headrow from July to September 2011.

It is part of the national Artist Rooms programme in which collections of modern and contemporary art held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland will go on display at venues around the country.

Smashed record

Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst on the BBC'S Newsnight Review

In September 2008 items of Hirst's work smashed the record for a single-artist auction at Sotheby's selling for £111 million.

The exhibition will be the first dedicated display of Hirst's work ever seen in Leeds.

Visitors will be able to trace the artist's career from his student days in Leeds to his later works establishing himself as one of the world's highest profile artists.

The key ideas behind his career - birth, illness, death and religion - will all be identifiable in the display.

It will include one of his seminal works Away from the Flock which was first exhibited in 1994 at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Artist Rooms

Twenty one museums and galleries across the UK will be showing Artist Rooms displays from the collection assembled by Anthony d'Offay.

Artist Rooms On Tour with the Art Fund has been devised to reach and inspire new audiences across the country.

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