Editors Wanted - Sculpture Journal

The Sculpture Journal is looking to appoint several new editors to form a new Editorial Group. Sculpture Journal has been in publication since 1997. It is jointly owned by the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) and Liverpool University Press (LUP), producing three issues a year, with an increasingly wide range of forms and subjects. Prospective candidates are invited to submit an expression of interest by emailing PMSA by 30 March 2019. DOWNLOAD ROLE PROFILE HERE

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New Book Release from PMSA

Queen Victoria’s Equestrian Portrait Statues
By Philip Ward-Jackson

Sculpture historian Philip Ward-Jackson unravels a battle royal between sculptors seeking the prestigious commission to make an equestrian portrait statue of the Queen. Philip studied art at St Martin’s School of Art and art history at the Courtauld Institute. Most of his professional life was spent working in the Courtauld’s Conway Library, a photographic archive devoted to recording architecture, sculpture and manuscripts.

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Call for entries for Open Exhibition

The London Group invites submissions for the 84th Open exhibition, that will take place in two parts on 20-29 November and 3-4 December 2019 at The Cello Factory.

Submissions of work are invited from visual artists working in any medium including, painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, mixed media, installation, video, sound, digital and performance.  Selected exhibitors will show a maximum of one work. Approximately 120 works will be shown in total with a minimum of 60 works by non-members.

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All the world is now richer

An arresting sculptural artwork by Southwark artist Sokari Douglas Camp is patiently awaiting permanent public art space in the borough. The piece will will be on display at Southwark Council Offices. 160 Tooley Street. London SE1 2QH from 3rd April – 18th April 2019.

The purpose of this exhibition is to initiate a conversation with local councilors and town planners, developers and cultural ambassadors in order to find a permanent venue for the sculpture, in Southwark. 

 DOWNLOAD THE CAMPAIGN BROCHURE HERE

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The floating coffin of Pinner – showboating or legal one-upmanship?

Imagine a gigantic chunk of Toblerone six meters high, with the head and foot of a stone coffin jutting out at each side – giving the (unconvincing) impression that the coffin passes through the centre of the monument. To add to its mystery, cryptic wording cast into the structure’s ornamental ironwork states ‘I byde my time’

I ambled across this curiosity whilst attempting to walk-off the Sunday lunch I’d just eaten at a nearby restaurant. A single word came to mind … ‘why?’

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More Monuments to Women

There are currently more public statues of named animals in Edinburgh, than of women.

The statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby, the loyal Skye terrier who famously mourned at his master’s grave for 14 years, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city – even though it has been claimed that the story was a hoax. Along with Wojtek the Bear and the unusually-named Bum the Dog, Bobby completes a trio of statues to named animals in Edinburgh, outnumbering monuments to the city’s women.

As in society, there’s still a long way to go before we achieve gender balance in monuments, and Edinburgh is not unique.

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PMSA protects and preserves Hepworth sculpture in Hertfordshire 

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) has granted funding of £30,000 to University of Hertfordshire to protect and preserve one of the university’s most prized artworks. Vertical Forms, by esteemed British sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), will be removed from the façade of the building for the first time since it was created in 1952, before taking centre stage in a major new exhibition.

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PMSA Celebrates St Piran’s Day

Today, as it’s St Piran’s Day, we’re focussing on Cornwall. At the corner of Cross Street and Trevenson Street in Camborne, stands a monument to Richard Trevithick; the sculpture, by LS Merrifield, was completed in 1928. The gilded bronze statue shows Trevithick holding a model of a steam locomotive and a set of callipers.

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Hillier's 'Messenger' arrives in Plymouth

‘Messenger’ arrived in Plymouth this morning, after her 270-mile journey from the Welsh foundry where she was cast. The UK’s largest cast bronze sculpture is by artist Joseph Hillier and will be sited outside the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Once complete, 'Messenger' -  nicknamed Bianca by the people of Plymouth, will measure seven metres high, nine metres wide and will weigh more than 10 tonnes.

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New Monuments For Women

Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, leads a free discussion on female monuments for the 21st century. In the UK, there is a severe shortage of civic monuments dedicated to the lives and achievements of women. It’s believed that public statues of men outnumber women by 16 to one. 

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Hepworth Vertical Forms to be re-sited

An upcoming project between in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire will see the de-installation, conservation and re-siting of the University of Hertfordshire’s Barbara Hepworth sculpture Vertical Forms. The relief sculpture Vertical Forms by Barbara Hepworth is located on the façade of the Main Building, College Lane campus. It was commissioned for the opening of Hatfield Technical College in 1952 and was built into the fabric of the building. 

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