Sculpture & Poetry

  • Online event
  • 23–24 February 2022
  • Two day online conference. Part of our Sculpture & Poetry Research Season, developed in partnership with Corridor8 and the University of Leeds.

Keynote Speakers: Olaf Nicolai (Conceptual artist and literary scholar) and Slavs and Tatars (Art Collective, Berlin)

Medium-specific designations can seem anachronistic, even incoherent within the post-medium, post-digital, hybrid nature of both contemporary art and literature. Nonetheless, both sculpture and poetry have specific genealogies of practice and reception, and both are currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Why and how, at the present moment, might two of the oldest art forms have become the locus for some of the most radical practices?

Organised by Nick Thurston (Associate Professor in Fine Art, University of Leeds) in collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute, this two-day virtual conference will support international speakers from a range of disciplines to think against epistemological borders between art history and theory and literary studies, comparative literature and linguistics.


This event is free, and takes place online on Zoom on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October.

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Call for papers

We are currently accepting submissions for 20-minute presentations at this conference. Please email paper proposals of no more than 300 words, along with a 150-word biographical note, to by Friday 26 November 2021.

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Sculpture & Poetry Research Season

This six-month research season celebrates practitioners and scholars who explore the connections between poetry and sculpture and have developed critical or imaginative ways of turning our attention to them. It brings together two academic conferences and four public discussions between renowned artists and poets.

See all Sculpture & Poetry Research Season events

Sculpture & Poetry microsite

A free-to-access, dynamic microsite, developed with our media partner Corridor8, forms a digital archive for this season.

It serves as a searchable resource for the whole programme as it grows, creates connections between content and themes, and includes comprehensive bios and reference material.

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