Rock, Pebble, Quarry: The Sculptural Lives of Stone

  • Leeds Art Gallery
  • Saturday, 14 July 2018
  • Conference in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery, 10am - 5:30pm

Join us in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre in Leeds Art Gallery for a day of presentations from writers, art historians, curators, artists and poets about the material lives of stone.

Staged to accompany the display ‘Rock, Pebble, Quarry’, part of the larger The Sculpture Collections exhibition (Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery, until 2 September) this conference explores these ideas across art history, geology and poetry.

Saturday 14 July, 10am - 5:30pm

Henry Moore Lecture Theatre, Leeds Art Gallery

10:00Registration and opportunity to view Rock, Pebble, Quarry exhibition
10:30Welcome: Dr Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute)
10:45

Session 1: Rock

Chair: Thalia Allington-Wood (University College London)

Ian Duhig (freelance poet and writer)
‘Stones on the Tongue’

Dr Andrew Moore (independent)
‘The Fascination of Stone’

12:30Lunch
1:30

Session 2: Pebble

Chair: Nigel Walsh (Leeds Art Gallery)

Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod (University of East Anglia)
‘Foolishly Admired’: the Pebble as Poetic Object’

Dr Will Atkin (Courtauld Institute of Art)
‘Earnshaw’s Prank Pebble: Some Notes on Deception and Failure’

3:00Tea and coffee break
3:20

Session 3: Quarry

Chair: Dr Jon Wood

Dr Donna Roberts (University of the Arts, Helsinki)
‘“An Indivisible Heritage”: Roger Caillois’ Eco-Phenomenology of Stones’

Hannah Sofaer (Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust)
‘The Interrelationship of Art and Place’

With a response from Peter Fillingham (sculptor/curator)

5:00

Poetry readings in the Gallery: ‘Petrichor’

Introduced by Nigel Walsh

Vahni Capildeo (Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Poetry, University of Leeds)

Ian Duhig

Michael McKimm (poet/Librarian, Geological Society of London)

This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised. For more information please contact Kirstie Gregory, our Research Coordinator, or book a place online using the button below.

Venue details


Venue address

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 3AA
United Kingdom
T: 0113 247 8256
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Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

Comments (2)

Rosie Leventon

24 May 2018 10:44

Really love this piece by Barry Flanagan. Have never seen it before. It reminds me of the carvings on the tomb of the Gavr'inis in France!

Rosie Leventon

24 May 2018 10:44

Really love this piece by Barry Flanagan. Have never seen it before. It reminds me of the carvings on the tomb of the Gavr'inis in France!

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