Breaking the Mould Study Day

Proposals are invited from potential contributors for the Breaking the Mould Study Day, a day-long programme of talks and discussions presented alongside the current Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition.

Programmed in partnership with Djangoly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, the day aims to be an open forum to discuss and delve into areas of research prompted by the exhibition context and themes. Areas of focus will range from, but are not limited to, intersectional reflections on the relationship between sculptural practice and identity, formal and informal networks; alternative exhibiting strategies and spaces, market forces and the commercial context and the challenges involved with sustaining a career. 

We invite papers and/or presentations of no more than 30 minutes in length, with speakers invited to take part in a panel discussion after the presentation of papers. 

 

About the Study Day

Where: Hosted by Arts Council Collection and Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham* 

When: Saturday 4 December 2021, 10am - 4pm

*This event will either take place online or at the University of Nottingham. There is also a possibility of a blended event. A decision on the format will be made in October 2021 following the latest health & safety advice.

 

Tickets for the Study Day can be booked via the Lakeside Arts website.

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Call for contributions

We invite papers and/or presentations of no more than 30 minutes in length, with speakers invited to take part in a panel discussion as part of the event. After the event, the papers or presentations will be recorded and shared digitally on the Arts Council Collection website.

We welcome contributions from practicing artists. We also encourage fresh enquiry into the Arts Council Collection and its holdings.

There is a speaker fee of £200 for each presentation selected. We are only able to pay speakers who are registered for HMRC self-assessment. 

Please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography (up to 150 words) to Zoë Carlon at sculpture@southbankcentre.co.uk by Monday 18 October 2021.

For further information on the Call for Papers and Study Day or to discuss any accessiblity requirements, please contact: sculpture@southbankcentre.co.uk 

Possible areas of focus:

  • Learning: the opportunities and challenges faced by women within the art school system during this period.

  • Networks: formal and informal networks; alternative exhibiting strategies and spaces; mentoring opportunities.

  • Identities: intersectional reflections on the relationship between sculptural practice and gender identity, sexuality, race, class, disability and age.

  • Materiality: material choices and inventions; alternative working methods; interdisciplinary working practices; international influences.

  • Legacies: exhibition and collection investment / market forces and the commercial context; documentation and published legacies; the challenges involved with sustaining a career

  • Current developments: new work, forthcoming projects, new thinking around sculptural practice, curatorship, exhibitions, engagement and collections; interventions into existing literature.

 

 

About the exhibition

Breaking the Mould is the first extensive survey of post-war British sculpture by women in a public institution. Spanning more than seventy years and exploring the work of fifty sculptors, this exhibition provides a radical recalibration, addressing the many accounts of British sculpture that have marginalised women or airbrushed their work out of the art historical canon altogether. All of the works in this exhibition have been selected from the Arts Council Collection which holds more than 250 sculptures by over 150 women. The selected works highlight the Collection’s long-term commitment to women working in sculpture and the strength and diversity of a wide range of practices. Many of the represented artists have challenged ingrained notions of sculpture as a ‘male occupation’ by embracing new materials, subjects and approaches. Others have avoided institutional bias by producing work for alternative spaces or the public domain.

Arts Council Collection: Breaking the Mould Study Day

The exhibition, which is part of the Arts Council Collection’s 75th anniversary celebrations, has been initiated in response to Women Working in Sculpture from 1960 to the Present Day: Towards a New Lexicon, a research project led by Catherine George (University of Coventry) and Hilary Gresty (independent).

Arts Council Collection and Djanogly Gallery are working collaboratively to present a study day to coincide with the presentation of the Breaking the Mould exhibition at Djanogly Gallery. We invite papers of no more than 30 minutes in length, with speakers taking part in a panel discussion after the presentation of papers. After the event, papers will be recorded and shared digitally on the Arts Council Collection website.

More information about artworks and artists featured in Breaking the Mould, can be found via our exhibition page.

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