Fabrication Research Season: Online Events
- Online event
- 3 February – 28 July 2021
The practicalities of how an artist approaches making a sculpture have often been shrouded in mystery. The relationship between artists and skilled fabricators is rarely acknowledged. Exploring the blurred lines between art, craft and industry, this Research Season will make visible the ways in which sculptors in both historical and contemporary contexts have realised their vision through processes of collaboration and exchange. The impact of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic upon making will also be examined.
This Research Season is organised in collaboration with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.
Upcoming events in this Research Season:
In-conversation Series: Nicola Ellis
Live discussion on Wednesday 23 June, 6pm
Nicola Ellis will discuss the works she has produced as part of Return to Ritherdon, a project based on a two-year artist placement at Ritherdon & Co Ltd, a manufacturer of steel enclosures based in Darwen, Lancashire.Find out more and book
In-conversation Series: Ivan Clarke and Petra Schmidt
Live discussion on Wednesday 14 July, 6pm
Ivan Clarke (Director, millimetre) and Petra Schmidt (Production Manager, Commissions, Tate Modern) will discuss their work on Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus, the 2019 Hyundai Turbine Hall Commission at Tate Modern, highlighting practices of sustainability in fabrication.Find out more and book
Conference: Valuing Sculpture: Contemporary Perspectives on Art, Craft and Industry, 1660-1860
Two-day online conference, 27-28 July
The indeterminate position of sculpture within the arts is a malleable concept which continues to challenge researchers. Categorisations such as art, craft, or industry contrive barriers, separating works from one another and disavowing the cross-fertilisations between sculptors, makers and artisans involved in the formal practices and aesthetics of art production. This conference will refocus attention on how links have been consistently made between media and making processes to categorise and subsequently value sculpture.Find out more and book
Past events in this Research Season:
Roundtable Discussion: Fabrication as a Career
Live discussion on Wednesday 21 April, 6pm
Artists Simeon Barclay & Karin Ruggaber and fabricators Rui Pignatelli & Nigel Schofield joined us to discuss the professional relationship between sculpture and fabrication. The speakers explored issues regarding the teaching of fabrication in art schools, access to fabrication facilities and how knowledge of fabrication may inform sculptural practice. This was followed by discussion and questions from the audience.Find out more and watch online
In-conversation Series: Thomas J Price
Live in-conversation on Wednesday 28 April 2021, 6pm
Artist Thomas J Price discussed recent examples of his work with fabricators, including the use of bronze foundry processes for sculptures such as Reaching Out 2020, installed at The Line, London and Within the Folds (Dialogue 1) 2020, currently at Sculpture Milwaukee, USA.Find out more
In-conversation Series: Heather Phillipson
Live in-conversation on Wednesday 12 May, 6pm
Heather Phillipson spoke about her experience of working on two recent public commissions: THE END, for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square 2020-22, and RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach, commissioned for the Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain (2021).Find out more
Roundtable Discussion: Engaging Technologies / Emerging Technologies
Live discussion on Wednesday 26 May, 6pm
Artists Alice Channer, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and Daniel Steegman Mangrané joined us for a live roundtable discussion about the use of new and emerging technologies in sculptural production.Find out more and book
Participate online from your location.
Online platforms will vary for each event.
Please check your booking confirmation for details and joining links.