Rediscovering our sculpture: an Art UK symposium
The online conference – hosted on 11th and 12th March 2021 – was the culmination of nearly four years' work to digitise thousands of sculptures across the UK, held in collections and seen in our public spaces.
There were talks from Art UK staff on sculpture digitisation, our learning and engagement programme and new sculpture discoveries through Art Detective. We shared information on best practice for photography of sculpture, running community engagement events and delivering innovative activities for schools.
Talks from curators, art historians and learning professionals considered public sculpture, innovative learning programmes, diversity and colonialism, and new discoveries in sculpture and sculptor research. These included presentations from our project partners VocalEyes, CultureStreet, the Royal Society of Sculptors and the Royal Photographic Society.
The conference's keynote session saw artist Jeremy Deller in conversation with renowned Classicist and Art UK Patron Mary Beard, as they discussed their views on public art in the UK. The discussion touched on how they feel about the debate around contentious statues and their removal, and their thoughts on the role of art and sculpture in our public spaces.
Attendees joined the conversation on Twitter during the conference, using #OurSculpture and followed us @artukdotorg
The conference sessions were live captioned by Stagetext.
Session transcripts are available to download as Word documents by clicking the links below.
Thursday 11th March
Friday 12th March