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Sculpture as social practice: what is sculpture good for?

Where language ends: Antony Gormley’s discourse series


Wednesday 30 October 2019
6.30 — 7.45pm

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An IHME Project commissioned by the Pro Arte Foundation, Finland, 2009. Photograph by Kai Widell.

Join our panel as they debate the relevance and role of sculpture in society today.

Our panel, chaired by art critic, writer and curator, Sacha Craddock, and including Dr Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Alistair Hudson, Director of the Whitworth, and contemporary artist, Oscar Murillo, questions where sculpture is best exhibited and what impact sculptures have on the spaces they are presented in. How does sculpture impact or connect its viewers? Taking into consideration the roles of communities and self identity, we look at the power of sculpture to transform a site into a purposeful place.

They will also investigate whether sculptures can act as catalysts for social change and if people connect better with a place when it contains a work of art.

Dr Helen Pheby is the Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an international centre for modern and contemporary art set in 500 acres of historic parkland, five galleries, and an 18th-century chapel. Helen’s research and practice is rooted in the belief that creativity is central to humanity, as well as a motivation to understand the potential of art and its institutions in the world.

Alistair Hudson is Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery. He was previously Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, and Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts, which gained critical acclaim for its radical approaches to working with artists and communities, based on the idea that art should be useful and not just an object of contemplation.

Oscar Murillo works across a range of media exploring the notion of cultural exchange, conveying an understanding of the conditions of globalisation and the universality of human experience. Murillo is one of four artists shortlisted to win the 2019 Turner Prize.

Sacha Craddock (chair) is an independent curator, critic, writer and art advisor. Her commitment to contemporary art encompasses curating, organising, promotion, education, critical writing, and creating new networks designed to bring artists and audiences together.

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Wednesday 30 October 2019

6.30 — 7.45pm

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

£15, £9

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