PMSA Summer 19 Newsletter
Seagulls and sculpture in St Ives
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Keep up to date with news about our new Editorial Group for the Sculpture Journal, learn about our plans for the 3rd Dimension Sculpture Awards and read the Call for Papers for our session at the 2020 AAH Conference. New books, new team members and new awards. We welcome new members to PMSA and new followers of our social media sites.
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Victoria Wood - As Seen On TV
This stunning bronze Dual Form sculpture by artist Barbara Hepworth has been restored with the support of Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) and Porthmeor Fund. PMSA funded the conservation work (in partnership with Porthmeor Fund) under our ‘Preserve and Protect’ initiative. Sculpture conservator, Laura Davies, from Todmorden completed the restoration work on behalf of St Ives Town Council last month, returning the public artwork to its former glory.
Liverpool Bucket Fountain | Last water sculpture of its type in the world
By kind permission of Dr David Wright. “It felt like a real privilege to join the crowd of residents, family, fellow performers and fans to witness the unveiling of the latest addition to the list of statues of comedians, Victoria Wood, in Bury.. Located right in the centre of the town on the gardens of the Unitarian Church, the life-sized bronze statue represents a prominent addition to the landscape of Bury – the significance of which was reflected in the size of the crowd that turned up to watch, the regional and national media presence and the role of local civic leaders and institutions in the co-ordination and conduct of what was a very joyful ceremony (with the actual unveiling being done by the actor and comedian Ted Robbins who, among other associations, acted as Victoria Wood’s warm-up man for her successful 80s sketch show Wood and Walters).”
Neither Out Far Nor In Deep
Richard Huws’ iconic kinetic water sculpture in the Goree Piazza, off Drury Street in Liverpool. Known locally as the Bucket Fountain, it was commissioned by the Merseyside Civic Society and unveiled in 1967. Fabricated locally by welders at Cammell Laird, the stainless steel and bronze artwork is the only remaining example in the world of the eight similar works commissioned globally (other locations included London, Tokyo and New York).
Editors Wanted - Sculpture Journal
Artist Michael Johnson has installed nearly two hundred works in the UK and Ireland, including his stunning Mussel Sculpture, in Musselburgh - made of stainless steel and bronze in Michael’s Nottinghamshire studio.
Commissioned by East Lothian Council and financed through a section 106 agreement, the work is sited near to Musselburgh Harbour overlooking the Firth of Forth.
PMSA Spring 19 Newsletter
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
New Book Release from PMSA
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It's been a busy first quarter of 2019. We have a new team, a new website and renewed focus. We welcome new members to PMSA and new followers of our social media sites.
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Call for entries for Open Exhibition
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.
Mike Nelson unveils his 2019 Tate Britain Commission
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.
All the world is now richer
For the prestigious annual Tate Britain Commission artists have been requested to interact with the vast, suggestive neoclassical architecture of the Duveen sculpture galleries. Mike Nelson was finally appointed for 2019, as Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson announced.
The floating coffin of Pinner – showboating or legal one-upmanship?
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.
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More Monuments to Women
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?’
PMSA protects and preserves Hepworth sculpture in Hertfordshire
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.
PMSA Celebrates St Piran’s Day
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.
Hillier's 'Messenger' arrives in Plymouth
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.
New Monuments For Women
‘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.
Free-to-access database of public Sculpture goes 'live'
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.
Hepworth Vertical Forms to be re-sited
Led by ArtUK in partnership with PMSA, this ambitious project is transforming the way people access and learn about their sculpture heritage and will allow audiences to share knowledge, exchange opinions and visit sculptures – both in person and online.
New titles planned for Public Sculpture of Great Britain series
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.
The highly acclaimed Public Sculpture of Britain series was developed jointly by PMSA and Liverpool University Press (LUP) from the PMSA's National Recording Project, which aims to provide a survey of all public sculpture nationwide from the classic to the contemporary.