Knighted in the New Year’s honours list is artist Antony Gormley celebrated for his work such as Angel Of The North.
His piece Critical Mass, which saw 60 cast iron bodies placed on the roof of the De La Warr Pavilion, was the beginning of a local connection that endured with Gormley becoming honorary patron in 2011.
The DLWP’s Sally Ann Lycett said: “We are delighted to send our congratulations to our patron Antony Gormley who has just been awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Honours List.
“Antony is an artist of the people and, as such, a great supporter of this building. He gave us Critical Mass, our first rooftop exhibition, paving the way for Richard Wilson, Matt Calderwood and Shaun Gladwell to be inspired by the rooftop and make it, as the Guardian said “one of the most exciting art spaces in Britain”.