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Rediscovering our sculpture: an Art UK symposium

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th March 2021, hosted on Zoom

The conference is 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 will be talks from Art UK staff on sculpture digitisation, our learning and engagement programme and new sculpture discoveries through Art Detective. We will share best practice on photography of sculpture, running community engagement events and delivering innovative activities for schools.

Talks from curators, art historians and learning professionals will consider public sculpture, innovative learning programmes, diversity and colonialism, and new discoveries in sculpture and sculptor research. These include presentations from our project partners VocalEyes, CultureStreet, the Royal Society of Sculptors and the Royal Photographic Society.

The conference's keynote session will see artist Jeremy Deller in conversation with renowned Classicist and Art UK Patron Mary Beard, as they discuss their views on public art in the UK. The discussion will touch 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.

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To be added to our conference mailing list, please register via Eventbrite. You will be sent details of how to join the conference via Zoom nearer the time.

The conference sessions will be live captioned by Stagetext. Transcripts will be available after the conference, on request. Each session will also be recorded and made available online a week after the conference.

Join the conversation on Twitter during the conference, using #OurSculpture and follow us @artukdotorg