Sculpture Yorkshire? A conference in December

6th December 2007
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton, Yorkshire

Henry Moore
'Reclining Mother and Child'

Image courtesy the Henry Moore Foundation archive

The second Henry Moore Institute and Arts Council Collection conference, held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Sculpture has long had particular and special connections with Yorkshire and a number of very influential sculptors had and have links with the county – either by birthplace, schooling or residence. This conference aims to begin unpicking what might be called the myth of ‘Sculpture Yorkshire’, examining the particular factors that have facilitated this cultural identity across the last century and asking how this idea might be operative across museological, artistic and educational levels. In the first afternoon session we will look at individual artists’ experiences, colleges and opportunities, and in the second at collections, exhibitions and institutional frameworks. Papers will be presented by: Joy Sleeman on the Gregory Fellowships, Rob Ward on Harry Thubron’s legacy and the teaching of sculpture, Angela Summerfield on the development of Leeds City Art Gallery’s sculpture collection and Nino Vella on the sculpture collections of Wakefield Art Gallery. There will also be panel discussions, which will include artists and curators, following each of the two sessions.