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Public Art and Sculpture 1: Sculptural Residents on LCC Housing Estates Lecture

Public Art and Sculpture 1: Sculptural Residents on LCC Housing Estates Lecture

Thursday 20 October 2022  at 6.30 pm

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ 

Rosamund Lily West will discuss the London County Council’s placement of human-figurative sculptures on post-war housing estates, in the context of the LCC’s housing and community policies.

The LCC was concerned about the declining population of London and wanted to encourage young families and fit working-age people to live in the capital. The LCC was keen to not just provide good housing, but a complete environment. This included sculptural depictions of residents such as neighbours, family groups and workers.

Sculptures discussed will include Siegfried Charoux’s The Neighbours on Highbury Quadrant estate, Sydney Harpley’s Dockers on the Lansbury estate and Peter Laszlo Peri’s sculptural reliefs.

Rosamund Lily West is Documentary Curator at London Transport Museum. She is also finishing her part-time PhD at Kingston University, “The ‘concrete citizens’ of the London County Council’s housing estates, 1943-1965”.

C20 Society Members:  £  10  Non-Members: £ 15

Includes a glass of wine

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Above: Siegfried Charoux, The Neighbours, Highbury Quadrant estate Photograph: Nick Hodgson / Art UK

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