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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

This hybrid conference co-organised with the Victorian Society, will explore themes in architectural sculpture between 1850-1914.

Saturday 17 September 2022 – Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London WC1


9.30 Registration

9.50 Welcome

Session 1
Chair: Holly Trusted
10.00 Ann Compton, Keynote Speaker: A mere tool of the architect? How architectural sculptors built and maintained good working relationships with architects, c.1850-1900
10.30 Alex Bremner, Sculpture and the Architecture of ‘Phonetics’ in Victorian Sculpture
10.50 Sheila Binns, Sculpture as a patron’s language
11.10 Discussion

11.25 Coffee break

Session 2
Chair: Joanna Barnes
11.45 Frederick O’Dwyer, Separating fact from fable – the O’Shea brothers and the Oxford University Museum
12.05 David Bussey William James Neatby, 1860-1910, ‘Undoubted genius’ in the decorative arts
12.25 Jessica Jenkinson ‘Fancy ware for Fancy Buildings: ‘Cosseyware’ in Victorian Norwich 1857-1915
12.45 Discussion

1.00 Lunch break

Session 3
Chair: Alexander Kader
1.45 Jane Winfrey, Alfred Drury and Architectural Collaboration
2.05 Colin Fenn, Ceramic Funeral Memorials
2.25 Philip Ward-Jackson, If ‘there is but one art’, who calls the shots?
2.45 Discussion

Session 4
Chair: Andrew Saint
3.00 Joseph Sharples, Ill formed babies with vegetable tails’: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Architectural Sculpture
3.20 Karen Mailley-Watt, Charm & Cleverness: Sculptors, the built environment, and The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists
3.40 Kathryn Ferry, The Architectural Sculpture of Drinking Fountains
4.00 Discussion

4.15 Tea break

Session 5
Chair: Roger Bowdler
4.35 Jim Cheshire, The Memorial to William Hodson in Lichfield Cathedral by George Edmund Street
4.55 Serenhedd James, Oxford’s monuments to Cecil Rhodes: Catholic and Jewish symbols of the confessional diversification of the University

5.15 Closing discussion

5.45 End of conference.


Sunday 18 September – Kensal Green Cemetery, Guided walk

On Sunday morning 18 September a two hour tour of Kensal Green Cemetery conducted by Henry Vivian-Neal and Pablo Cal-Fernández, looking at the history and conservation of selected monuments, followed by tea and coffee in the Dissenters’ Chapel. Please register for this event via Eventbrite: £25 per person, no reduction for PSSA members.

Event information

PSSA Conference: A new aesthetic or ‘mere decoration’? Architectural Sculpture in Britain 1850-1914
Co-hosted with the Victorian Society.
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, WC1.
PSSA members in person £40; PSSA Students/U30s etc in person £20. Online PSSA Members £25; PSSA Students/ U30s etc £15. PSSA members email to book. Non-members £55 in person, £32.21 online book via Eventbrite.

Loggia with Reliefs of The Three Ages of Man by Godfrey Sykes, James Gamble and Reuben Townroe. Victoria and Albert Museum, Lecture Block (photo: Andrew Carter)

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