Researching Women in Sculpture: Events Programme
- Henry Moore Institute
- 16 February – 30 September 2022
We look forward to welcoming you back for a series of in-person talks, conferences and workshops, which will take place during spring and summer 2022. Full details of the programme will be announced soon.
Recent years have witnessed a renewed interest in women’s contribution to the field of sculpture, with outputs ranging from publications, research projects, exhibitions, podcasts and lecture series.
Yet, despite this increased activity, the very act of researching women’s sculptural practices is still problematic, beset by challenges due to lack of accessible archival material and poor documentation of artworks, many of which are geographically dispersed across public and private collections. Where archival material exists, it is often split across multiple collections or remains difficult to identify due to changes to a woman’s working name or having been catalogued under a husband’s papers.
This research season aims to provide a space to reflect upon such issues, investigating archival and collecting practices that have historically obscured work by women practicing in sculpture and suggesting strategies for how these might be addressed going forward.
Events will provide a spotlight on archives and collections with strengths in the area of women’s sculptural production, as well as creating links between related collections. Topics will include the role of art school archives, oral histories and women’s studio-home museums, and there will be opportunities to gain practical advice on archive and collections care. Particular attention will be given to the intersection of gender, class, sexuality and race in collecting practices and the need for archives to improve representation of work by women of colour and those identifying as trans or non-binary.
Researching Women in Sculpture is organised in collaboration with Rosamund Lily West, who worked as Research Curator from 2019 to 2021 on the Paul Mellon Centre funded project Pioneering Women at the Heart of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Rosamund is currently completing her PhD on post-war London County Council sculpture on housing estates with Kingston University.
Past events in this series:
Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945
Wednesday 4 May
Artist Permindar Kaur and curators Hilary Gresty and Natalie Rudd discuss the research, display and acquisition of sculpture by women.
Family Collections and Scattered Archives
Wednesday 4 May
In this workshop, we will examine the important role played by family collections and archives in researching sculpture by women and the challenges posed by dispersed or missing archive material.
Women's Studio Museums
Wednesday 11 May
This workshop will consider Dorich House Museum’s role as a centre to support contemporary women’s creative practices and the representation of women in studio museums more generally.
Speakers include Fiona Fisher (Curator, Dorich House Museum) and Jonathan Black (co-author of Dora Gordine: Sculptor, Artist, Designer) .
Art School Archives
Wednesday 11 May
This workshop will discuss the role of art school archives in research, and the structures of support provided by such institutions.
Speakers include Fran Lloyd, Dayna Miller (both Kingston School of Art, Kingston University), Liz Bruchet (University College London) and Althea Greenan (Women’s Art Library).
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