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Lunchtime Lecture: From Myth to Molten Bronze: making public statues

21 November 2019, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

public statue, photo courtesy of Troika

Photo courtesy of Troika

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

For the annual Society of Portrait Sculptors Lecture, Martin Jennings discusses public statues illustrated not only with examples of his own work but also with those of his contemporaries and with examples drawn from sculptural history. He will examine the extent to which they respond to the equal demands of sculptural integrity and relevance both to their sites and to current public discourse. He will look at the role identity politics plays in the selection of subjects and artists and examine the vexed issues around the potential removal of monuments to slave traders and colonialists. Sculptor Marcus Cornish will then discuss the issues raised with him before engaging the audience’s response.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 8 August 2019.