Valuing Sculpture: Contemporary Perspectives on Art, Craft and Industry, 1660-1860

  • Online event
  • 27–28 July 2021
  • Two-day conference with keynote speakers Dr Greg Sullivan and Dr Rebecca Wade. Part of our Fabrication Research Season.

Keynote Speakers: Dr Greg Sullivan (University of York/ St Paul’s Cathedral) and Dr Rebecca Wade (independent).

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, part of the Henry Moore Institute’s 2021 Fabrication Research Season, will refocus attention on how links have been consistently made between media and making processes to categorise and subsequently value sculpture. The conference is organised by Sammi Scott and Charlotte Davis (University of York), Caitlin Scott (University of Sheffield), and Hannah Kaspar (University of Leeds) in collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute.


Tickets for this event are free, but booking is required. The conference will take place on Zoom over two days, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 July. Sessions will start at 11am each day.

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Fabrication Research Season

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, and will examine ways in which making sculpture has changed, particularly in light of the recent coronavirus pandemic.

This Research Season is organised in collaboration with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.

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Logos for the Arts and Humanities Research Council; White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities, Universities of Leeds Sheffield & York.

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