Huma Bhabha’s Receiver, 2019, being fabricated at Pangolin foundry. Photo: Steve Russell

Yorkshire Sculpture International symposium

Leeds Beckett University

This day of talks by artists, curators, fabricators and educators will explore the work that goes on behind the scenes to develop large scale and public sculpture for international exhibitions.

Discussions will include:

  • The traditional and new technologies used in sculpture today
  • The role of collaboration with fabricators and specialists
  • The challenges of developing sculpture for the public realm and the current context of accessing sculpture making facilities and education in sculpture

Throughout the day we will consider the future aspirations for Yorkshire Sculpture International (the second of which is planned for 2023) and the production of sculpture in Yorkshire.

The morning session will focus on sculpture production.
Guest speakers are:

  • Rungwe Kingdon, Co-Founder and Director of Pangolin Editions
  • Rana Begum, artist
  • Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS, Birsfelden and Curator of Art Basel’s Parcours programme
  • Simeon Barclay, artist

The afternoon session will be dedicated to discussing access to sculpture facilities and sculpture education.
Guest speakers are:

  • Lucy Tomlins, Director of Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre
  • Henry Ward, Creative Director of Freelands Foundation
  • Kate Squires, artist and educator

Tickets cost £40. Concessionary tickets are available for unwaged and students at £15.
Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Yorkshire Sculpture International symposium schedule

Tour of Yorkshire Sculpture International
Thursday 19 September, 10.00 – 17.30, starting at Leeds Art Gallery

We are offering a coach tour of Yorkshire Sculpture International venues and outdoor sculpture in Leeds and Wakefield, exclusively for delegates of the symposium. 

The tour includes: Leeds Art Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute, public sculptures by Damien Hirst and Huma Bhabha in Leeds and Wakefield, The Hepworth Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

A full itinerary will be sent out to delegates booked on to the tour closer to the day.

Tickets for the coach tour can be booked at the same time as the symposium and are £12 each.

As part of our partnership with Leeds Beckett University, we will be launching two artists’ books at 17.30 at the Henry Moore Institute, after the tour, which delegates are very welcome to attend.

Friday 20 September 2019

09:30 - 16:00

Lecture Theatre A
Level 2
Rose Bowl
City Campus
Leeds Beckett University
Portland Crescent

Concessions £15, General admission £40. Includes lunch and refreshments

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