Autumn Art Lecture Series 2019 - Sculpture and The City

Ocean Pavillion, courtesy of Luke Jerram

‌Until recently, the sculptural arts have dominated the squares and public spaces of the city. This has never been an easy task. Such places put art in a difficult position: hard to avoid but open to attack. Some find the statue a source of delight while for others it represents a challenge to be contested. Indifference has also plagued this public art form. More recently, other more interactive interventions have usurped its role. Understanding public sculpture requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Political, social, historical and aesthetic issues are all at stake. This year’s Autumn Art Lectures touch on all these areas and aim to make us think not just about the past of public sculpture, but also its possible future

All of the lectures will start at 6.30 pm and take place in the Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ.

Further information and booking for each lecture is available.


Sculpture in the City: In conversation with Luke Jerram‌

29 Oct

6.30 pm, Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Luke Jerram, Installation artist

Luke's multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. His work has an international audience, but it is also rooted here in Bristol. He will discuss the place of sculpture in his artistic practice as well as the role of the artist in the public realm. How can the traditional public medium of sculpture compete with dynamic interventions like ‘Park and Slide’? What kind of relationships exist between artist and community? Is public art always political? How are public arts – sculpture and other interventions – shaped by the character of particular places?

Luke will be on hand to sign books following the lecture, so do bring along your copies.

Image credit: © Ocean Pavilion, courtesy of Luke Jerram

Booking is required

Revisiting 'City Sculpture Project' (1972)

5 Nov

6.30 pm, Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Dr Jon Wood, Independent Curator and Art Historian.

Further information coming soon.

Image credit: Jon Wood

Booking is required.



Outside the White Cube: On Public Sculpture Projects

12 Nov

6.30 pm, Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Dr Britta Peters, Artistic Director at Urbane Künst Ruhr, Germany

Further information coming soon.

Image credit: © Henning Rogge / Urbane Künste Ruhr

Booking is required



Temporary Sculpture: Testing places

19 Nov

6.30 pm Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Charles Quick, Professor of Public Art Practice, School of Art, Design and Fashion, University of Central Lancashire

As curators, we see our role as that of brokering connections between people and places. As well as artists, we also work closely with other individuals, institutions and communities in Preston and beyond throughout our research process. Our projects span a range of art forms and include temporary public art works, architectural commissions, artist residencies, public talks, discussions, events and publications. Whilst locally specific, these activities connect with wider issues of art practice and place. Our work has been presented in venues such as Modern Art Oxford; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, Hong Kong; and the Venice Biennial of Architecture; and we endeavour to share the methods, challenges and outcomes of our practice through writing and presentations.

In Certain Places is a curatorial partnership based at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Since 2003, through interdisciplinary projects, we have worked with artists to question, test, disrupt and shape the places in our city. Our work connects diverse experiences and knowledge, underpinned by an ethos of curiosity and care. We investigate the ways in which artists generate new understandings of places and instigate change, by engaging with the complexities of place in creative and critical ways.

Charles Quick is a Professor of Public Art Practice at the University of Central Lancashire with over 40 years’ experience as a teacher, artist/researcher and curator in the public realm. He has contributed permanent and temporary arts projects to cities across the United Kingdom. In 2003 he co-founded ’In Certain Places’ and has since worked with regional, national and international artists to develop works for Preston, revealing, critiquing and provoking new understandings of a place and its peoples.

Quick was co-editor and contributor to ‘Subplots to a City’ a publication which marked the first ten years of In Certain Places work in Preston. The Henry Moore Institute and Leeds City Art Gallery hold this work in their collections and he has recorded his artistic life through the British Library sound archive, Artist’s Lives project. The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Art and Architecture Journal, Arts Professional, A-N Magazine and the Sculpture Magazine, amongst others, have written about his projects. Over the years, he has won awards from Arts Council England, the British Council, and Higher Education Funding Council England. Recently he became the Chair of the Arts and Place national consortium. Charles also sits on the board of a number of arts organisations in the North West.

Image credit: © Harris Flights Research Design and Charles Quick

Booking is required.

Off the Plinth: Episodes in the History of Public Sculpture (A round table chaired by Professor Tim Cole)‌

26 Nov

6.30 pm, Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Panelists are:

Booking is required.