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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Joanna Barnes (Co-Chair)

A Courtauld Institute of Art graduate, Joanna worked  at the Heim Gallery (London) Ltd., becoming the Director of the Sculpture Department. In 1987, she set up Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, exhibitions she organised include ‘Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture: Nature and Imagination in British Sculpture 1848-1914’, ‘Leighton and his sculptural legacy’ and ‘Ettore Ferrari, 1845-1929 : terracottas and drawings for civic and funerary monuments’. She curated the exhibition ‘Arthur Fleischmann: a centennial celebration’ at the Mestke Múzeum in Bratislava in 1996 and helped establish the Arthur Fleischmann Museum there in 2002.  A former trustee of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association,  Joanna was editor of its online magazine, 3rd Dimension and co-founder of the Sculpture Journal. With Holly Trusted and Mark Stocker, she is co-founder of the PSSA.

Dr Holly Trusted FSA (Co-Chair)

Holly (formerly Marjorie Trusted) is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Previously Senior Curator of Sculpture and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she is currently Senior Fellow at Durham University and Honorary Fellow at the University of Glasgow. She was the founding editor of the Sculpture Journal, and has lectured and published widely on sculpture, including British Sculpture 1470-2000 (2002), The Arts of Spain. Iberia and Latin America 1450-1700 (2007), The Making of Sculpture (2007), Baroque and Later Ivories (2013), The Cast Courts (2018) and Baroque Sculpture in Germany and Central Europe (2022). She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. With Joanna Barnes and Mark Stocker, she is co-founder of the PSSA.

Dr Roger Bowdler FSA

Roger studied History of Art at Cambridge and completed his PhD there in 1991, on death-related 17th century church monuments. He joined English Heritage in 1989 as a historian in the London Region and rose to become Director of Listing in 2011 and a member of the Historic England executive team on its creation in 2015. Since 2019, he has worked as a partner at Montagu Evans, advising on heritage issues. A Commissioner of the Royal Hospital, he sits on the London Diocescan Advisory Committee (DAC) and is a trustee of the War Memorials Trust. He has written extensively on monuments, and his short books War Memorials and Churchyards were published in 2019. He is currently working on a book with Brent Elliott on British Cemeteries. Roger is married, with university age children and lives in North London. Roger is a member of the PSSA's Specialist Advisory Board.  

Dr Kira d’Alburquerque

Kira d’Alburquerque is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is a well-published scholar of baroque Italian sculpture and drawing and received her PhD on court sculptor to the Medici Giovanni Battista Foggini in 2015 from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. Her dissertation is currently being published. Previously, Kira d’Alburquerque was a Research Fellow at the Fondazione Longhi in Florence, a Graduate Intern at the Getty Museum, worked at the Louvre, and with the Friends of the Bargello charity.

Sokari Douglas Camp CBE

Sokari studied Fine Art at the Central School of Art and Design and at the Royal College of Art in London. She has represented Britain and Nigeria in both national and international exhibitions and has held over 40 solo shows in numerous venues, including the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, and The Museum of Mankind, London. Her public artwork, Battle Bus: Living Memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa, 2006, is a monument to the writer and Niger Delta activist. In 2003 Sokari was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth, and in 2005 she was awarded a CBE. She is an honorary Fellow of the University of the Arts London and of the School of African and Asian Studies. She took part in the Ichihara Art Mix Journeys exhibition in Japan, and STOA 169 in Germany during 2020.

Dr Mark Stocker FSA (Deputy Chair)

Mark is a semi-retired art historian living in New Zealand with teaching and museum experience dating back 35 years. He has prolifically published especially on British and New Zealand public monuments and sculpture, Victorian art and coin and medal design, and is also an Art Deco enthusiast. With Joanna Barnes and Holly Trusted, he established the PSSA in 2020.

Leonie Summers

Leonie is an art historian who has worked in the art world for over thirty years. After working at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, she returned to London to work in galleries, curating exhibitions and writing publications. She worked for The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association for almost ten years, co-founded and ran their online magazine 3rd Dimension and initiated the Mentoring and Education schemes. She helped organise many conferences and talks, and also ran their social media. Leonie specialises in emerging artists and is Co-Director of PSSA sculpture residency. She is on the Judging Panel of the PSSA's Marsh Awards.

Keith Taylor

Keith studied sculpture at Newcastle and Sheffield Schools of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons).  He completed a two year post graduate course, initiated by the Council for Care of Churches to provide training for monument conservators specialising in stone and was awarded a Diploma in Conservation in 1980. He worked as a director of Ian Clayton Ltd., supervising sculpture projects such as the 13th century Annunciation Doorway in Westminster Abbey’s Chapter House and the Royal Artillery Monument by C.S. Jagger. In 1985, he founded Taylor Pearce Ltd. with the aim of delivering museum standard conservation within the commercial sector and its clients include Historic Royal Palaces; Royal Parks; the Palace of Westminster; the National Trust; English Heritage, Westminster Abbey, The Tate Gallery, The Royal Collection; the V&A; the British Museum; the National Gallery and the Royal Academy. Taylor Pearce Ltd. were granted a Royal Warrant as Conservators to Her Majesty the Queen in 1996 and the workshop is accredited by the Institute of Conservation. Keith is a member of the PSSA's Specialist Advisory Board.

Robert Wenley FSA

Robert has been Head of Collections and Deputy Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham since 2010. He previously held curatorial positions at Glasgow Museums (2003-10) and the Wallace Collection, London (1991-2003), where he co-founded the international French Bronze Study Group and published the first book in English devoted to the subject. He was a member of the editorial team for the Sculpture Journal, 2000-10, and thereafter of the editorial board. Robert is Chair of the PSSA's Specialist Advisory Board.