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Mould-making

A mould is a hollow shape, or negative impression taken from a sculpture that has to be cast. It is into this mould that the casting material is poured or pressed. More simple forms, such as the human face can be made in a single mould. Other shapes may need two or more pieces. Moulds have traditionally been made out of clay, sand and plaster of Paris, but today the choice includes rubber, concrete and plastics.

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Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

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Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

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