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Advancing Research and Publication of Public Statues and Sculpture

Luisa Roldán (1652–1706), The Entombment of Christ, 1700/1701, polychrome terracotta, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, CCO, 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.

Patrick, Lord Cormack, DL, FSA

(1939–2024)

It is with profound sadness that we have learnt of the death of  Patrick, Lord Cormack, Senior Vice-President of the PSSA. He was a man of integrity, kindness and good judgement. A true supporter of the Arts and of both the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) until its closure and subsequently of the PSSA. The Association has lost a loyal and much-loved friend. We mourn his loss.

Lord Cormack was a schoolmaster for some ten years before capturing the seat of Cannock in the 1970 General Election.  He remained in the House of Commons for forty years during which time he became very involved in many arts and heritage projects.  He was Chairman of the Conservative Party Arts Committee in the Commons and in 1974 together with the late Andrew Faulds, a Labour Member, founded the All Party Arts and Heritage Group which still flourishes.  He was Chairman for over thirty years and is now its President.  It is one of the largest of all All Party Parliamentary groups, and a particularly active one.  Lord Cormack is a Vice President of the National Churches Trust and was President of the Staffordshire Churches Trust and is now the sole Vice President of the Lincolnshire Churches Trust.  He has spoken and written extensively on heritage matters and his Heritage in Danger, published in 1976, had considerable influence.  He has also written books on English Cathedrals and British Castle.   He entered the House of Lords very shortly after leaving the House of Commons in 2010 and is an active champion of heritage causes in the Upper House.  He is also Patron of the Heritage Crafts Association, President of Heritage Lincolnshire and Chairman of the Historic Lincoln Trust.

Tributes from PSSA Members

PSSA MARSH AWARDS 2024

Nominations and artists’ entries for these awards are now open. They close at midnight Sunday 7 April 2024

Please note the following eligibility criteria. A full list of the eligibility criteria and notes on the judging process and criteria can be found under Awards.

Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture
The work must have been installed between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.

Marsh Award for Excellence in a Public Fountains or Water Features
The work must have been installed between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2023.

Marsh Award for Excellence in the Conservation of a Public Sculpture or Water Feature
The work must have been installed between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2023

Nominate here.

Hybrid Symposium – Arthur Fleischmann (1896 – 1990) in Context: The Significance of the Central European Sculptor’s International Career

Hosted by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, London and organised by the Arthur Fleischmann Foundation in collaboration with the PSSA, this symposium which is both in person and on Zoom is a free event. It is taking place at The Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 on Friday 22 March 2024.

Arthur Fleischmann was born in Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, in Austro-Hungary. He trained as a sculptor in Prague and Vienna. Having taught ceramics at the Women’s Academy in Vienna, he fled from the German Reich and spent time working in Bali and Australia before settling in London in 1938, where he practised until his death. Since then, Fleischmann’s sculpture has inspired global scholarly interest, reflecting the scope of his international career in Bratislava, Vienna, Padua, Johannesburg, Bali, Sydney, London and Los Angeles.

For further details and to attend the symposium please see Events.

 

Arthur Fleischmann shortly before he died with his statue of his son Dominique in the garden of his St. John’s Wood studio (photo: from the Arthur Fleischmann archive). .

Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea
with Westminster South-West

In this volume, which is the 22nd in the acclaimed Public Sculpture of Britain series, Terry Cavanagh, the author of three previous volumes, provides a comprehensive, scholarly and highly readable account of over 250 public sculptures in Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster South-West.

Many great sculptures stand within the area’s parks: Kensington Gardens, with the magnificent Albert Memorial, the much-loved Peter Pan and Henry Moore’s Arch; and Hyde Park, with Jacob Epstein’s vibrant Rima. Statues in streets, squares and gardens reflect scientific progress, exploration and artistic achievement: Jenner, Shackleton, Livingstone, Carlyle, Mozart, Bartók and Whistler are just some of those commemorated. For those who look up, sculptures of faces, figures and animals greet them: Art Deco dominates once-great department stores (Barkers and Derry & Toms); allegorical figures enrich Victoria Station; the Natural History Museum exterior boasts a prehistoric menagerie; and there is a pantheon of celebrated artists on the Victoria & Albert Museum façade. Two of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, Brompton and Kensal Green, are in the area and teem with monuments, while sculptural decorations help make Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, the ‘cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement’.

Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West is a richly illustrated and indispensable resource. The book is available from the PSSA bookshop, hardback £85.00 and softback £35.00.

Designer, Richard Wilson (b. 1953), Shack Stack, cast aluminium with an internal steel frame, Grosvenor Waterside, London, SW1 (photo: courtesy of Richard Wilson).

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 156 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