Archiving Sculpture in the City

An afternoon seminar exploring sculpture in the city, led by Arnolfini Archive Curator Phil Owen, Henry Moore Institute Archivist Claire Mayoh and curator of City Sculpture Projects 1972 curator Jon Wood (Reasearch Curator, Henry Moore Institute).

Archives can help to tell the story of a work of sculpture from concept and construction, to display, reception and beyond. Archives vary in scope and size – they can be fragmentary or immense, and the choice of what to include in an archive is a difficult and sometimes controversial task. 

The research questions of this seminar 'Archiving Sculpture in the City' are: what should an archive that documents an urban public sculpture commission (and more broadly a city sculpture project) contain? What narratives are we able to read from archives and what kinds of information are materialized (as well as left undocumented) that give researchers a sense of how things might have happened and how decisions might have been made?

This seminar considers the role of the archive in the context of our current exhibition City Sculpture Projects 1972, which includes a variety of archival material, some of it from the Henry Moore Institute's Archive of Sculptors' Papers, but the majority from the Arnolfini Archive stored at the Bristol Records Office. Chaired by Dr Jon Wood (the curator of the exhibition) this discussion will comprise contributions from the Arnolfini's Archive Curator Phil Owen, and from the Henry Moore Institute's archivist Claire Mayoh. The seminar is a open conversation among all participants and will include a visit to the exhibition, as well as an opportunity to discuss the topic in the presence of the archives themselves.

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment