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The Science of Making Sculpture: Material

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Chemistry G.35

Parkinson Building, University of Leeds

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This exploratory and lively session will bring to light the hidden aspects of making large-scale, innovative sculpture. Drawing on engineering and materials science, in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering at University of Leeds, we will explore the science and engineering that makes sculpture happen.

This is your chance to unpick what it takes to make sculpture with artists, technicians and material scientists.

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Deborah Gardner

Deborah Gardner is a lecturer in sculpture and 3D construction on the Art & Design course, School of Design, University of Leeds. She is a Yorkshire based sculptor, whose practice focuses on materially and process led work often involving everyday materials. The sculptures explore intersections between accumulation, multiplicity and the improvisatory and point to an aesthetics of adaptation and uncertainty. She exhibits in galleries, hospitals, museums, cemeteries, sculpture parks and industrial sites. Recent projects have included an Arts Council funded residency at Conway Hall, London, an Art & Science Platform collaboration, organised through the Zoological Society, London.

Leon Black

Leon Black is a surface analytical and materials’ chemist, who for the last 15 years has used various analytical techniques to investigate the structure and stability of cementitious materials. He spent a number of years applying Raman and photoelectron spectroscopies for the analysis of cement. More recently he has focussed on composition-microstructure-performance relationships in low-clinker binders. Outside of construction, his research extends into solidification/stabilisation of wastes within cement, and the immobilisation of low and intermediate level nuclear waste. As such, Leon is a member of Nuclear Leeds. Aside from his research, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), as past-chair of the Institute's Cementitious Materials Group. He is also the Deputy Editor of Advances in Cement Research, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Advances in Applied Ceramics, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, and Cement and Concrete Research.

Helen Gleeson

My research has always involved liquid crystals and in addition to carrying out fundamental studies of the physics of these materials, I have invented several novel applications, most recently switchable contact lenses. I joined the academic staff in Physics at Manchester in 1989 as their first female lecturer, and subsequently held a number of posts in the University, including Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (2002-2007) and Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy (2008-2010). In 2015, I moved to Leeds as Cavendish Professor and the head of the Soft Matter Physics Group and took up the Head of School position in 2016.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies is a highly experienced and qualified conservator providing unique insights into the treatment of modern sculpture. Services include preparing works for exhibition and installations, consultancy and advice on collections care, transport, storage and packing, as well as problem solving for the presentation and care of works of art.

Experienced in the conservation and restoration of three dimensional objects from museum and gallery collections, regular clients include: Arts Council Collection, Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery, Tate, York Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Estate and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


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


Image: Sean Lynch, The Rise and Fall of Flint Jack 2019. Courtesy of the artist, Ronchini, London and Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin


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