New British Sculpture / Bristol (1968)

  • Henry Moore Institute
  • Wednesday, 1 February 2017
  • Reflecting on an Urban Sculpture Project. Lecture by Rob Bowman in the Institute's seminar room, starting at 6pm

Rob Bowman (Arnolfini) gives the third lecture in our City Sculpture Projects 1972 series.

In 1968, the Arnolifini organised the siting of over twenty sculptures in a variety of public locations across Bristol, at once to show new tendencies to contemporary sculpture (outside the art gallery) and to challenge the traditional notion of public sculpture as monument to an individual or event. The New British Sculpture / Bristol confronted people in their daily lives with mostly abstract sculptures made from modern materials such as fibreglass and steel. The responses to the sculptures were mixed - some were horrified and felt that the sculptures detracted from the historic buildings in Bristol, others were impressed by the innovations in British sculpture, and some were just pleased to see something new and different. In his talk, Rob considers the New British Sculpture / Bristol and what it says about public sculpture then and what its legacies have been since, both in Bristol and more nationally. 

Rob Bowman was Head of Programmes and Production at Artangel from 2007. During the course of his career he has worked with artists including Cerith Wyn Evans, Susan Philipsz, Ryan Gander and Jose Damasceno to create projects and exhibitions in many different forms and disciplines. Having begun his career at the then Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Rob subsequently became Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London where he also ran the Beck’s Futures exhibition and awards. He is currently Director of Programme at Arnolfini (Bristol). 

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