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      Revisiting ‘City Sculpture Project’ (1972) (Autumn Art Lecture Series) in Bristol

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      November 5, 2019

      Tuesday   6:30 PM

      Wills Memorial Building , Clifton
      Bristol, Bristol, City of

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      Revisiting ‘City Sculpture Project’ (1972) (Autumn Art Lecture Series)

      Dr Jon Wood, Independent Curator and Art Historian Sculpture was talk of the town in Britain in the summer of 1972. It was being discussed and debated, written about and reviewed, regularly appearing in regional and national newspapers, as photographs were circulated up and down the country. This was due to the City Sculpture Project, a hugely ambitious scheme that commissioned large-scale contemporary sculptures and installed them for six months across eight cities that year: Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cambridge, Southampton, Cardiff and Plymouth.   The project was funded by the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation and the Arts Council. It was the brainchild of Jeremy Rees and coordinated by his colleague Anthony Stokes. Based at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, where Rees was director, both men worked hard to bring sculptures and sites together, liaising not only with sculptors and local authorities.   This talk revisits the ‘City Sculpture Project’ looking at the works again and arguing that it marked a fascinating moment in the history of public sculpture in Britain and within the field of public art and urban space more generally. It was concerned with finding busy and central urban locations for a new kind of contemporary, largely abstract sculpture that was disconnected from older, more traditional commemorative rationales and removed from the associative imagery of the monument. FAQs How can I contact the organiser with any questions?   The University of Bristol Faculty of Arts Team is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Please visit our Privacy Policy which explains how we use the information we collect about you. By submitting your information, you consent to the use of that information as set out in this policy.

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