Public Sculpture Symposium: From Process to Place

Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN
Playful and colourful sculptures by Edwin Burdis
Edwin Burdis, The Thickening (installation view) 2015; photograph by Ruth Clark courtesy of Jupiter Artland

To mark the third installment of ‘Sculpture at Bermondsey Square’, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and VITRINE hosted an afternoon of talks and discussion featuring the three commissioned artists with curators, open call judges and a panel of experts, exploring issues within public sculpture today. This was a rare opportunity to acquire behind the scenes insight into a curated public sculpture commissioning project.

Panelists: Sacha Craddock, Ellen Mara De Watcher & Rachel Withers
Artists: Edwin Burdis, Frances Richardson & Karen Tang
Chaired by Alys Williams of VITRINE


Arrival/Sign-in at Shortwave Cinema

2pm – 2.15pm
Introduction by Lucy Tomlins, co-director of PSC and Alys Williams, founding director of VITRINE

2.15pm – 3.45pm
Artists commissioned for ‘Sculpture at Bermondsey Square’ will present their work in conversation with experts in the field:
Karen Tang in conversation with Sacha Craddock
Edwin Burdis in conversation with Ellen Mara De Wachter
Frances Richardson in conversation with Rachel Withers

3.45 – 4.15pm

4.15pm – 5.15pm
Panel Discussion with Sacha Craddock, Ellen Mara De Wachter and Rachel Withers. Chaired by Alys Williams.
The panel dialogue will explore the project and the selection and commissioning process of public sculpture more generally. This discussion will also consider the value of such commissions in cities and for citizens, as well as for the artists’ practice and development.

5.15pm – 6pm
Wrap-up: ‘The State of Sculpture Today’. Chaired by Marsha Bradfield, co-director of PSC.
Invited interlocutors will give their thoughts on key concerns surfaced over the course of the afternoon, after which the conversation will be opened out to the wider audience.

6pm – 7pm

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