The PSSA encourages engagement with the many thousands of sculptures in the public domain across the UK, which represent an important part of our shared cultural heritage. It champions the historical, artistic and social context of public statues and sculpture, and also promotes education about sculpture, publishing articles, academic papers and specialist books. For more details see About Us.
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Phyllida Barlow quarry, 2018, Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House The Steadings, Wilkieson, Edinburgh.
Briony Marshall Layers of Bournemouth, 2018, Hengitsbury Head, Southbourne, Bournemouth.
Thomas J. Price Reaching Out, 2020, Three Mills Green, Stratford, London – part of The Line public art walk.
Hazel Reeves ‘Our Emmeline’ Rise Up Women, 2018, St Peter’s Square, Manchester.
Mark Richards The Vernon Mine Warfare and Diving Monument, 2020, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Rachel Whiteread Nissen Hut, 2018, Dalby Forest, Lower Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire.
Joana Vasconcelos Gateway, 2019, Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House, The Steadings, Wilkieston, Edinburgh.
Mark Wallinger in collaboration with Studio Octopi Writ in Water, 2018, National Trust, Runnymede, Surrey.
Alison Wilding Herm, 2018, Rathbone Square, London.
The Fountain Workshop Fountains and Water Features, 2018-19, Aga Khan Centre, Kings Cross, London.
Cliveden Conservation The Druid, 2019, Priory Park, Chichester, Sussex.
London Stone Conservation Statue of Sarah Siddons, 2019, Paddington Green, London.
Plowden & Smith Silverdale Mining Monument, 2020, Silverdale, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire.
Winners will be announced at an online ceremony on Thursday 9th December
The Unusual Suspects: Investigating less familiar sculptural materials from the 17th century onwards
28-30 January 2022
For further details see CALL FOR PAPERS
Over 100 public statues of women can be found in the UK. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021, the PSSA launched a database of non-royal sculptures representing women of achievement from past and present.
The first statue commemorating a named black woman in the UK; the first female UK Prime Minister; the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons; the first woman to become mayor of a London borough, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia; the first British woman to win all four major tennis tournaments; the first woman apart from members of the royal family to be commemorated in a statue. They can all be found here.
Discover the statues of women in your local area or tell the PSSA about those which are missing from the database. The 119 statues now on the database is the start, it is not definitive, please help us to keep this interesting resource alive and current.
There is one talk remaining in this series:
Please book via Eventbrite
Talks are free for members of the PSSA and £3.50 per talk for non-members.
Please note you need to book and pay separately for each talk you wish to attend.