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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Advancing Research and Publication of Public Statues and Sculpture

Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934), Royal Artillery War Memorial (detail) 1925, structure of the memorial in Portland Stone, recumbent figure bronze l. 2.88m, Hyde Park Corner, London. Photo: nikoretro, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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The Public Statues and Sculpture Association (PSSA)

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.
Please help the PSSA achieve its objectives by becoming a member.

PSSA Live Visit to Hintze Galleries at V&A, South Kensington

On Friday 1 July at 6.30pm the sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp will be speaking about her recent installation, Europe supported by Africa and America, in the Hintze Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Holly Trusted, formerly Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A, is going to discuss some of the other sculptures in the galleries in relation to Sokari’s work, notably Antonio Canova’s Three Graces. PSSA members are warmly invited to come along to these two interwoven presentations, discussing contemporary sculpture in the context of some of the historical traditions and contexts with which it is connected. This is a free PSSA event read more> If you wish to attend please email office@pssauk.org.

Sokari Douglas Camp, Europe supported by Africa and America

Explore the  PSSA Database –  UK Public Sculptures of Women

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 143 statues now on the database is the start, it is not definitive, please help us to keep this interesting resource alive and current.

Martin Jennings FRSS, Mary Seacole, St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
Photo: Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0