(Re-)Forming Sculpture

(Re-)Forming Sculpture is a two-day conference which will highlight current doctoral and early career research in the field of sculpture, within its widest art historical remits.

The summer symposium is organised by the Doctoral and Early Career Research Network on behalf of the Association for Art History.

Taking place at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and The Hepworth Wakefield, this conference hopes to unite the academic and curatorial disciplines of sculptural studies.

The conference hopes to re-consider the boundaries and hierarchies of sculpture within art history and visual culture, broadening how it is understood in terms of its medium, form, materiality, and cultural significance. We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers which explore these themes or which address any other aspect of re-forming sculpture, from antiquity to the modern day.

Keynote speakers include Martina Droth (Deputy Director of Research, Exhibitions and Publications | Curator of Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art) and Dr Rebecca Wade (Assistant Curator (Sculpture), Leeds Museums and Galleries, based at the Henry Moore Institute).

The provisional programme can be downloaded here.

There are ten free conference places with £30 towards travel costs for current PhD and Early Career Researchers who are unable to receive support for an institution. See here for details.

The Summer Symposium is organised by the Association for Art History’s Doctoral and Early Career Research Network. The 2018 organisers are Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (University of Leeds) and Clare Nadal (University of Huddersfield/ The Hepworth Wakefield).

Please email reformsculptureforarthistory@gmail.com for more information.


Image credit: Installation view of Lynda Benglis at The Hepworth Wakefield, 6 February – 1 July 2015. Courtesy the artist and Cheim & Read, New York.