The Twentieth Century Society

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Autumn Lecture Series 2022: Public Art and Sculpture

Autumn Lecture Series 2022: Public Art and Sculpture Complete Series

Thursdays from 20 October to 24 November at 6.30 pm

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6E 

The complete series of the Autumn Lectures for 2022. The six lectures will focus on public art and sculpture in the UK and abroad.

1: Sculptural Residents on LCC Housing Estates  Thursday 20 October

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.

2: Pupils of Eric Gill  Thursday 27 October

Alan Powers will talk about Eric Gill’s pupils such as Ralph Beyer and John Skelton. Their work as letterers, painters and stone carvers can be found in many sites, religious and secular, from the 1930s to 2000s

3: Refugees from Nazi Europe  Thursday 3 November

A lecture by Monica Bohm-Duchen about the émigré sculptors who created works still visible in public spaces throughout the UK, and whose names and life stories remain little examined.

4: Scottish New Town Art and Sculpture  Thursday 10 November

Andrew Demetrius will examine the flowering of public art that occurred in Scotland’s New Towns, focussing on 1965-80, discussing its origins and looking at the role of the town artists and their collaborative design practice.

5: William Mitchell from Honolulu to Stevenage  Thursday 17 November 2022

Dawn Pereira will discuss the innovatory concrete sculpture of the 1970s by William Mitchell. His work in the US led to a cross-fertilisation of ideas that would benefit urban environments in Britain and internationally.

6:  Jacob Epstein - in the eye of the storm and calmer waters  Thursday 24 November

Evelyn Silber will discuss Jacob Epstein’s early public commissions for London and Paris which engendered polarised critical responses.  In the 1950s, there were numbers of public commissions which enjoyed great acclaim.

C20 Society Members:  £ 48  Non-Members: £ 60

Includes a glass of wine.

NOTE: We are working on arrangements for live streaming these lecture and will let you know when we have some news.

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above: Peter Peri, Mother and Children Playing, 1951-2, South Lambeth Estate Photograph: Historic England



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