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Rachel Whiteread: the power of public sculpture

Festival of Ideas


● Cancelled

Sunday 3 May 2020
4.30 — 5.30pm

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Rachel Whiteread

© Photograph by Anita Corbin

Contemporary artist Rachel Whiteread discusses her career, the inspiration behind her Turner Prize winning practice, and the social context of her sculptures, with Tate Modern Director, Frances Morris.

Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s RA Festival of Ideas. If you have purchased tickets to an event, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk to arrange a refund.

In this conversation, Morris and Whiteread will talk about how her practice transforms everyday settings, objects, and surfaces into her widely recognised, architecturally scaled works. They’ll go on to discuss the construction and demolition of her Turner Prize-winning piece, House, a 1993 concrete cast of the interior of an East End terrace.

Whiteread will offer insights into working on projects such as, Untitled Monument, the 2001 resin sculpture made for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square; Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, a concrete inverted library located in Vienna; and her more recent Cabin, a 2016 cast of a wooden shed located at the top of a remote hill on Governor’s Island, New York.

This talk will include an audience Q&A at the end.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Sunday 3 May 2020

4.30 — 5.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£20, £12