Sculpture in university collections

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Friday 15th April 2011 (10:30-16:30)
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Rodin - The Age of Bronze (The Barber Institute of Fine Arts)

Sculpture in university collections: history, display and use

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts invites you to explore the history and range of the collections of sculpture held by universities, their past and present display and their use in the academic setting. 

Leading specialists and curators will introduce well-known collections as part of this study day, such as those at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, as well as in the Barber Institute and the University of Birmingham, and other more modern collections.

The day will also include a tour of the University of Birmingham’s vast sculpture collection which is scattered across the Edgbaston campus. The study day compliments the Barber's current exhibition Carved, Cast and Modelled: Sculpture from the Barber Collection, running until 2 May 2011.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Eustace (Editor, Sculpture Journal)
  • Dr Vicky Avery (Keeper of Applied Arts, The Fitzwilliam Museum)
  • Andrea Fredericksen (Curator of UCL Art Collections)
  • Brenda Martin (Curator, Dorich House Museum)
  • Robert Wenley (Head of Collections and Learning, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts)

Cost: £35, including lunch and refreshments (£25 Friends/Over 60s, £15 students).
Cheques should be made payable to ‘University of Birmingham’.

Please note that booking is essential.

 10.30  Coffee and Registration
 10.50  Welcome and Introduction
‘Can’t Say No’: The Ashmolean Museum, a Collection of Collections
Kate Eustace (Editor, Sculpture Journal)
‘For the purpose of promoting the Increase of Learning’: The History, Range, Display and Uses of Sculpture at The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge (1816-2011)
Dr Vicky Avery (Keeper of Applied Arts, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)
The Sculpture Collections at UCL
Andrea Fredericksen (Curator of UCL Art Collections, University College London)
 12.45  Lunch and Tour of Sculpture on Campus (Clare Mullett, Assistant University Curator)
Bodkin and Beyond: Sculpture at the Barber Institute
Robert Wenley (Head of Collections and Learning, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts)
'Easy conception, difficult birth': the commissioning of Eduardo Paolozzi's Faraday and the University of Birmingham Sculpture Collection
Dr James Hamilton (University Curator at the University of Birmingham)
Dorich House Kingston University: A white elephant or a jewel in the crown?
Brenda Martin (Curator, Dorich House Museum, Kingston University)
16.00 Open Discussion
Tea and Close