York is uniquely situated in Britain as a centre of sculptural studies, having a significant number of scholars of international repute, with expertise in all aspects of sculpture in the western tradition, from the Late Antique and early medieval through to the modern, postmodern and contemporary periods.
The Department has had considerable success in attracting AHRC and private funding for all areas of sculpture studies, having received Henry Moore Foundation Lectureships and Post-doctoral Research Fellowships, and its graduates have gone on to hold lectureships and key positions in museums, galleries and publishing in Europe and North America.
The School has particular research strengths in a number of fields and is able to draw on a remarkable wealth of resources available nearby.
In addition to its expertise in the area of the European and North American sculpture from 1945 to the present, the modernist sculpture of both Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth is among the region’s most famous resources.
There are also collections of classical and neo-classical works, accumulated during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and housed throughout the region, which form another rich source of research material.
And in the field of medieval sculpture the city of York and its surroundings make the Department a premier location for those seeking to combine the study of medieval sculpture with first-hand acquaintance of the objects themselves.
While Yorkshire is unique in England for the number of surviving works of Anglo-Saxon Sculpture, the city and its outlying area are equally famous for extant later medieval sculptures (in wood and stone), and the thriving sculptural workshop attached to the Minster.
There are, furthermore, two internationally significant centres for sculptural display and study: the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which has recently acquired the Arts Council Public Sculpture Collection, and the Henry Moore Institute, which has an internationally significant archive and annual lecture symposium and exhibition programme.
The research library at the Institute is excellent, with strong holdings particularly in the modern and contemporary period.
York is also extremely well connected for national and international travel. There is no requirement for doctoral candidates to live in York, and students needing to conduct their research outside York are encouraged to do so.
As a research group active in all areas of theoretical and historical sculpture studies, we welcome scholars interested in pursuing significant and original research from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, and historiographic and methodological perspectives.
We are particularly keen to promote researchers seeking Henry Moore Foundation post-doctoral research fellowships in the Department, and would welcome collaborations with the Visiting Research Fellowship Programme at the Henry Moore Institute.
The Department is keen to develop research at masters, doctoral and post-doctoral level in the following areas:
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The speakers will include:
Dr Jeff Jones - writer and academic at Cardiff School of Art & Design
Rob Kesseler - ceramist and Professor of Ceramics at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
Martin Smith - designer of the Gordon Baldwin - Objects for a Landscape exhibition, ceramist and Professor of Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art.
Alison Britton OBE -ceramist, curator, writer, Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art.
James Beighton - Curator at MIMA.
Helen Walsh -Assistant Curator of Decorative Art at York Museums Trust.
Janet Barnes -Chief Executive of York Museums Trust.
Attendees will be invited to look round the Gordon Baldwin -Objects for a Landscape and Excitiations at the gallery between 10am and 11am, before attending the seminar at King's Manor next door.
For more information see the York Art Gallery website:http://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/Page/Events.aspx
Location: King's Manor, K/133
Admission: Tickets cost £20 per person and £5 for students. Telephone 01904 650333 to book a place and for full details and directions.
Telephone: 01904 323344
Displaying Victorian Sculpture is a three-year, AHRC-funded collaborative project, led by the universities of Warwick and York, in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, which seeks to return sculpture to centre stage in discussions of 19th-century British culture, and to re-assert the importance of sculpture to Victorian history. This symposium takes place midway through the project, and presents an opportunity to discuss the research emerging from the project.
Michael Hatt (University of Warwick), 'The Colour White: Sculpture and Polychromy in Mid-Victorian Britain'
Desiree de Chaire (University of Warwick), 'Chryselephantine: Richard Cockle Lucas's Mid Victorian Coloured Ivories'
Charlotte Drew (University of York), 'Revising the Renaissance: Luca della Robbia at the South Kensington Museum'
Eoin Martin (University of Warwick),' Framing Victoria: Royal Portraiture and Architectural Sculpture in Victorian Britain'
Jason Edwards (University of York), 'A Monumental Place to Perch: Thomas Woolner's Captain Cook for Sydney
Gabriel Williams (University of York), 'Markets for Polished Marble, c. 1850'
Claire Jones (University of York),'Variations in Reproduction and Display: Waldo Story's Fallen Angel (1887) and (1889)'
The symposium is free and coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited; if you would like to attend please email email@example.com
Full details for the day are available to download: Displaying Victorian Sculpture Symposium (PDF , 217kb)
Newby Hall are very kindly allowing us privileged access to this important 18th century sculpture gallery. We will then tour the house, and view contemporary sculpture in the gardens, which includes willow sculpture by Emma Stothard and a residency by two leading Zimbabwean artists working in Shona stone.
Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire, www.newbyhallandgardens.com