Differencing the Canon: Methods of Researching and Archiving Women's Sculptural Practices

Join us at The Hepworth Wakefield for the final event in our Researching Women in Sculpture Season.


The Hepworth Wakefield

Conference date
Friday 23 September 2022, 9:30am-6pm, with drinks reception afterwards, 6-7pm

Keynote speakers
Professor Griselda Pollock (Professor Emerita of Social and Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds) in conversation with Harriet Loffler (Curator, The Women’s Art Collection, Cambridge)

There has been a focus in recent years on corrective approaches to the history of British sculpture. Art historical and sociological research alongside curatorial activities have highlighted the marginalisation of women working in sculpture from historical accounts, institutional collections and archives, exhibiting opportunities, career development and educational training. Publications and exhibitions have worked to introduce women’s names to alternative narratives previously dominated by men, including Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 (Arts Council Collection/touring 2021), and Fifty Women Sculptors (Aurora Metro Books, 2020).

Questions remain, however, regarding how, as researchers, archivists, art historians, curators, researchers and sculptors, we undertake our strategic, reparative work of inclusion. Is there a risk that a merely supplementary but still selective canon of some women practitioners will be produced, curated, collected, written about, archived and so become financially and art historically ‘valued'? This symposium seeks to challenge the historical and curatorial deselection of artist-women and develop innovative and extended research methods that are attentive to more inclusive value systems. It seeks expanded narratives, to build, and archive, a fuller picture of the sculptural practices of women in all their diversity.

This symposium is organised by Dr Anna Douglas and Dr Kerry Harker (Curatorial Researchers, The Hepworth Wakefield) in collaboration with Rosamund Lily West (Kingston University) and the Henry Moore Institute and will form the closing event of the Institute’s Researching Women in Sculpture season.

Book your tickets

Tickets cost £20 or £15 concessions and include all talks, lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception from 6-7pm after the conference. Free entry to The Hepworth Wakefield galleries and an optional introduction to the exhibition Sheila Hicks: Off Grid is also included in the ticket price.

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The event will take place in the ground floor auditorium at The Hepworth Wakefield. The auditorium has level access from the foyer and is easily accessible by wheelchair. The gallery spaces on the first floor, where they are accessible via lift; all gallery spaces have level access and double doors. There are three accessible toilets within the building. For further information, please visit: Access and getting around The Hepworth Wakefield.

Do let us know if you have any access requirements when you book your ticket.


Venue details

Venue address

The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
T: 01924 247360
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Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm