Is sculpture the most anthropological of the art forms?

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Join Yorkshire Sculpture International’s Producer Jane Bhoyroo as she chairs an exciting round table discussion exploring the festival’s provocation ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’. This stimulating debate will question this statement from different angles, view-points and fields of study.

Panellist Laurence Sillars, Head of the Henry Moore Institute, will let you in on behind the scenes curatorial discussions from the festival. Plus experts from diverse fields such as YSI exhibiting artist Tau Lewis, Will Rea, Senior Lecturer in Art at University of Leeds and Dr Adam Strickson, Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Writing will bring a new perspective to the conversation.

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Will Rea

Will joined Leeds University in 2000, initially as the Henry Moore Fellow in Sculpture Studies. Prior to joining Leeds he taught at UCL, SOAS and Goldsmiths College in London. His background began in anthropology, but his PhD, from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, looks both to Art History and Anthropology. His major research concerns the masquerades of the Ekiti Yoruba in Nigeria. This work investigates issues of identity in performance as well as the relationship between transformation and materiality in Yoruba thought. He is currently conducting work on the way in which the historical moment of British colonialism is reflected in the arts (mainly wood carvings) of Ekiti and the wider Yoruba polity and he is developing research on cultural entrepreneurship and the creative industries in Lagos and Ibadan. He also works on British Sculpture of the 20th Century and was Chair of the Harlow Art Trust in which role he developed Harlow as a sculpture town destination.

Adam Strickson

Director, poet, scriptwriter and librettist with an extensive professional portfolio, Adam Strickson specialises in intercultural, visual and applied theatre. Currently working on contemporary adaptations for music-theatre of Chinese classical drama and large scale puppetry with 6 million + Charitable Trust. He trained at Dartington College of Arts (Theatre), Sunderland Polytechnic (Sculpture) and the University of Huddersfield (Poetry).


This event is part of the Sculpture in the Round Conversations series organised by University of Leeds and Yorkshire Sculpture International.


Image: Tau Lewis, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

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