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Statue of local benefactress Tatiana, c. AD 200, fallen in front of its base, Aphrodisias (1964). Courtesy of New York University Excavations at Aphrodisias

Public Statues and Cancel Culture from the Ancient Roman Perspective

Tuesday 6 December at 6.30pm

Public Statues and Cancel Culture from the Ancient Roman Perspective by Julia Lenaghan

An online talk, PSSA Members free. Non-members £3.50 (join the PSSA).

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Peyton Skipwith with a relief by Adolfine Ryland in the background (photo: Philip Attwood).

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, series four

Tuesday 24 January 2023 at 6.30pm

A Life in Relief – Women Sculptors at The Fine Art Society. Peyton Skipwith former Deputy Managing Director of The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London in conversation with Philip Attwood former keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum.

An online Zoom discussion, free for PSSA Members. £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Concluded Events

The seventeenth-century Town Hall (now the Royal Palace) in Amsterdam by Jacob van Campen (architect) and Artus Quellinus the Elder (sculptor) (photo: Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam)

Sculptural Lineage: Masters and PupilsConcluded

Tuesday 29 November at 6.30pm

Artus Quellinus the Elder and the Members of his Amsterdam Workshop by Bieke van der Mark

An online Zoom talk, PSSA Members free, Non-members £3.50 (join the PSSA).

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Sculptural Lineage: Masters and PupilsConcluded

Tuesday 22 November at 7.30pm

Fathers and Daughters in Sculpture workshops in early modern Spain:
Pedro Roldán and his daughters Francisca, Luisa and Maria Roldán;
Pedro de Mena and his daughters Andrea and Claudia de Mena
by Dr Cathy Hall-van den Elsen

An online Zoom talk, PSSA Members free, Non-members £3.50 (join the PSSA).

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Giovanni Battista Foggini, Prometheus, bronze, later adapted in Doccia porcelain. Victoria and Albert Museum, London (photo: © Victoria & Albert Museum)

Sculptural Lineage: Masters and PupilsConcluded

Tuesday 15 November at 6.30pm

Foggini’s Legacy
by Dr Kira d’Alburquerque, Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum and PSSA Trustee.

An online talk, PSSA Members free. Non-members £3.50 (join the PSSA).

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Monument to William Mulready designed by Godfrey Sykes. Central Avenue, Kensal Green Cemetery (photo: Terry Cavanagh).

CANCELLED – Walking Tour of Kensal Green CemeteryConcluded

Sunday 6 November at 11am

DUE TO RAIL STRIKES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE IT IN THE SPRING.

A 90 minute walking tour of Kensal Green.
Free event restricted to PSSA and Church Monuments Society members only.
Email office@pssauk.org to register and receive itinerary.

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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)

PSSA Webinar: A new aesthetic or ‘mere decoration’? Architectural Sculpture in Britain 1850-1914Concluded

Saturday 17 September 2022

PSSA members £5; PSSA Students/U30s Free; Non-PSSA members £10; Non-PSSA Students/ U30s £5.
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Scotland: Public Art & Design Tour of Hilltown, DundeeConcluded

Saturday 20 August 2022

Public art walking tour of Hilltown, Dundee

University museum curator Matthew Jarron will lead an informal walking tour round artworks in the Hilltown area.
Free Event
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Scotland: Public Art & Design Tour of Dundee City CentreConcluded

Wednesday 17 August

Public art walking tour of Dundee City Centre

University museum curator Matthew Jarron will lead an informal walking tour round artworks in Dundee City Centre.
Free event
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Scotland: Public Art & Design Tour of StobswellConcluded

Saturday 23 July 2pm

Public art walking tour of Stobswell

University museum curator Matthew Jarron will lead an informal walking tour round artworks in the Stobswell area.
Free Event
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Scotland: Public Art & Design Tour of LocheeConcluded

Wednesday 20 July, 2pm

Public art walking tour of Lochee

University museum curator Matthew Jarron will lead an informal walking tour round artworks in the Lochee area.
Free Event
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Thomas Thornycroft, Queen Victoria, 1853, bronze, coll. Yale Center for British Art. CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

Queen Victoria’s many equestrian statues and statuettesConcluded

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Queen Victoria’s many equestrian statues and statuettes. The neglect and rediscovery of a pioneering feature of Victorian sculpture by Dr Philip Ward-Jackson

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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PSSA Live Visit to Hintze Galleries at V&AConcluded

Friday 1 July 2022 at 6.30pm

PSSA visit to the Sculpture Galleries at the V&A to hear Sokari Douglas Camp’s presentation of her installation, ‘ Europe supported by Africa and America, and to look at the display of historical sculpture in the gallery with the former Senior Curator of Sculpture, Holly Trusted.

A free PSSA event.

Please assemble for 6.30pm in front of Canova’s Three Graces, Room 22, Hintze Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington.

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Sokari Douglas Camp, 'Cross we bear'

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Tuesday 7 June 6.30pm

‘Palpable Art ‘: the sculptural career of Sokari Douglas Camp CBE
The sculptor discusses her work.

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Caroline Shawk Brooks, A study in butter - The Awakening of Iolanthe

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Wednesday 15 June at 6.30pm

Between fat lions and dairy girls. The Butter sculpture of Caroline Shawk Brooks by Dr. Anna Frasca-Rath

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Ola Cohn carving Fairies' Tree, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Tuesday 31 May at 8pm

Pioneer Woman: The extraordinary life of Australian sculptor Ola Cohn (1892-1964)
by Dr Barbara Lemon

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Scott Sutherland (1910-1984) , The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge, Scotland with Ben Nevis in the background. Photo: Nilfanion, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Public Sculpture in Britain 1945-1980 WebinarConcluded

Saturday 21 May 2022

Public Sculpture in Britain 1945-1980
An online webinar via Zoom free for PSSA, SSAH and AAH members.
£5 for non-members.
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The Pinwill Sisters, Bench End of Choir Stallat Plympton St Mary Devon

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Tuesday 10 May at 6.30pm

The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters
by Dr Helen Wilson

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Jacob Epstein (1880 –1959), First Portrait of Roma of Barbados (detail), c. 1932, bronze, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (M.1-1945)

Database presentation: Black People in European Sculpture, 1450 to the present dayConcluded

Wednesday 4 May 2022 18:30

Database presentation: Black People in European Sculpture, 1450 to the present day by Dr Victoria Avery FSA

An online Zoom presentation and discussion, PSSA Members Free, £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Thursday 21 April at 5.30pm

Sculpting A Life: Chana Orloff Between Paris and Tel Aviv
by Professor Paula J. Birnbaum

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Marcello (1836-79)

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Tuesday 19 April at 6.30pm

Marcello (1836-79): Making a career in sculpture as a woman in the mid-19th century
by Magnus von Wistinghausen

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Gillian Forbes, Marble Hands.

Exhibition and Talks: Art & OrnamentConcluded

Exhibition: Friday 15 April - Monday 18 April 2022, Talks: Friday 15 April 2022

Dalkeith Palace, Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith, Edinburgh EH22 1ST, Scotland.
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Ella Casella, Woman in Renaissance Costume, 1890-1900, A.18-1996, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Bequeathed by E. J. Pyke in 1996, c/o Bird and Bird Solicitors, London)

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Tuesday 12 April at 6.30pm

Waxing and waning: the Casella sisters and the revival of Renaissance-style wax portraits
by Dr Amy Mechowski

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Elisabet Ney at work in her Austin studio Formosa circa 1895

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring, Series ThreeConcluded

Tuesday 5 April at 6.30pm

Elisabet Ney: Art for Humanity’s Sake
by Lindsay Barras
An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members. £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Lady Henrietta Finch, Bust of her Sister, Lady Elizabeth Finch (detail of signature), after Louis- François Roubiliac, 1741, marble, A.1-2013, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Workshop: Tender Hands and Rough Stone. Sculpture’s Stereotypes of Gender and MakingConcluded

Tuesday 5 April 2022 & Wednesday 6 April 2022

Workshop:Tender Hands and Rough Stone. Sculpture’s Stereotypes of Gender and Making

Erlangen, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Mediathek, Orangerie, Schlossgarten 1, 91054 Erlangen
Zoom link

Free Online Event

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Lady Henrietta Finch, Bust of her Sister, Lady Elizabeth Finch (detail of signature), after Louis- François Roubiliac, 1741, marble, A.1-2013, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A Blind Spot: Early Modern Women Sculptors (1550-1850)Concluded

Monday 4 April 2022 at 6.30pm

A Blind Spot: Early Modern Women Sculptors (1550-1850)
by Dr Anna Frasca-Rath

An online Zoom lecture.

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Grinling Gibbons, King Charles II, 1685–86, gilded brass, statue approx. h. 2.29m. Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London

Talk: Grinling Gibbons, Master Sculptor and Carver in WoodConcluded

Wednesday 30 March 2022 at 6.30pm

Grinling Gibbons, Master Sculptor and Carver in Wood: his training, workshop and links with the Quellinus family
by Ada de Wit

An online Zoom talk, PSSA Members Free, £4.00 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Photo: Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (1807-1894), Megalosaurus, cement, in course of conservation, Crystal Palace Park, South London.

WEBINAR – The Unusual Suspects: investigating less familiar sculptural materials from the 17th century onwardsConcluded

Friday 28 January & Saturday 29 January 2022

Webinar (online via Zoom)

Book Tickets via Eventbrite:

PSSA Members – free

Students and unemployed – free

All other delegates – £10

 

 

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Scott Sutherland (1910-1984) , The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge, Scotland with Ben Nevis in the background. Photo: Nilfanion, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

CALL FOR PAPERSConcluded

Saturday 21 May 2022

Public Sculpture in Britain 1945-1980
Scottish Society for Art History
in partnership with the
Public Statues and Sculpture Association
Online webinar 21 May 2022

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Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 30 November 2021 (12th in series of 12)

Sculptor, Holly Hendry in conversation with Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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The Spirit of the Crusaders (detail) for Paisley Memorial

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 23 November 2021 (11th in series of 12)

Undaunted Spirit: The life and art of Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams ARBS (1877-1934)
by Phyllida Shaw

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Mary Spencer Watson in her studio

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 16 November 2021 (10th in series of 12)

Mary Spencer Watson: Purbeck Sculptor by Caroline Stanford

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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School of Art Wood Carving Workshop, c. 1927-8.

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 9 November 2021 (9th in series of 12)

Women wood carvers and the School of Art Woodcarving c.1879-1930 by Ann Compton

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Mary Gillick: Cast medal of Ida Wylie, 1918, British Museum.

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 2 November 2021 (8th in series of 12)

‘As feminists we rejoice in your great achievement’: the sculptural work of Mary Gillick by Philip Attwood

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Augusta Savage, c. 1938, with her sculpture Realization, created as part of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. Photo: Archives of American Art, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 26 October 2021 (7th in series of 12)

‘I have created nothing really beautiful:’ Augusta Savage’s Practice’ by Dr Jeffreen Hayes

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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The Entombment of Christ (1701), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (photo: Creative Commons CCO)

Luisa Roldán – Online Discussion and Book LaunchConcluded

Wednesday 20 October 2021 12:00 – 13:30

Luisa Roldán – online discussion and book launch

Free online event, book tickets via  Eventbrite

 

 

 

 

 

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Clare Sheridan, Mountain Horse, 1937, plaster cast. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 19 October 2021 (6th in series of 12)

Exploring difference: Three women sculptors imaging non-European subjects in an age of Empire c.1925-1946 by Dr Jonathan Black

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Harriet Goodhue Hosmer with her assistants and carvers in the courtyard of her studio in Rome,1867, albumen print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Photo: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 12 October 2021 (5th in series of 12)

A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in 19th Century Rome by Professor Melissa Dabakis

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Susan Durant, Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia, clay model (approx. 50cm max), September 1865 (Windsor Castle, Royal Archives)

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 5 October 2021 (4th in series of 12)

Princess and Pupil: new light on the sculpture of Susan Durant and Victoria, Princess Royal, Crown Princess of Prussia by Jonathan Marsden

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Barbara Hepworth's 'Turning Forms' at the Festival of Britain 1951.

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 28 September 2021 (3rd in series of 12)

Barbara Hepworth and the Festival of Britain by Eleanor Clayton

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Gabriel Hayes working on the relief of 'Aviation' for the façade of the new Department of Industry and Commerce building Kildare Street, Dublin, 1942.

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 21 September 2021 (2nd in series of 12)

‘A woman among the sculptors is a phenomenon which excites wonder and demands investigation’ – women and sculpture in Ireland by Professor Paula Murphy.

An online Zoom talk, free for PSSA Members.  £3.50 for non-members (join the PSSA).

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Maria Faydherbe (1587-1643) Virgin and Child, alabaster, c.1630-40, Victoria and Albert Museum

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series TwoConcluded

Tuesday 14 September 2021 (1st in series of 12)

Maria Faydherbe: a seventeenth-century sculptor in Mechelen by Dr Holly Trusted FSA

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‘Breekbaar afgebeeld’: Anna Maria van Schurman as a sculptor by Erik Bijzet

Two short online Zoom  talks, free for PSSA Members  (join the PSSA).  £3.50 for non-members.

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'The Late Mr. D. Brucciani. (From a photograph by S.A. Walker, 230, Regent Street.)', Pictorial World (24 April 1880), p. 125. Wood engraving. Collection of the author.

A Taste of Italy: Three Lectures on Italian SculptureConcluded

Wednesday 9 June 2021 5.30pm

Picturing Domenico Brucciani: The Man Behind the (Death) Masks by Dr Rebecca Wade, Freelance art historian and curator.

Online talk, free for PSSA Members  (join the PSSA).  £3.50 for non-members.

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Trapani workshop (perhaps Alberto Tipa), Saint Sebastian, c. 1750, alabaster, Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge (National Trust). Photo: Dr Jeremy Warren.

A Taste of Italy: Three Lectures on Italian SculptureConcluded

Tuesday 8 June 2021 5.30pm

From Madonnas to Myths: Alabaster sculptures from Trapani by Dr Jeremy Warren, Honorary Curator of Sculpture, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Sculpture Research Curator, The National Trust.

Online talk, free for PSSA Members  (join the PSSA).  £3.50 for non-members.

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Giovanni Battista Foggini, S. Andrea Corsini guiding the Florentines to Victory at Battle of Anghiari, 1685-87, marble, Corsini Chapel, Sta Maria del Carmine, Florence, Italy. Photo: Dr Kira d'Alburquerque.

A Taste of Italy: Three Lectures on Italian SculptureConcluded

Monday 7 June 2021 5.30pm

Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652-1725), Court Sculptor to Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III by Dr Kira d’Alburquerque, Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum and PSSA Associate Trustee.

Online talk,  free for PSSA Members  (join the PSSA).  £3.50 for non-members.

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Mary Edmonia Lewis (1845-1907), Hagar, 1875, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. Photo: Public Domain

Discovering Women Sculptors – Spring Series OneConcluded

Tuesday 18 May 2021 5.30pm

Discovering Women Sculptors from the 17th Century to the Present Day

Online Zoom  talk – Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis, Neoclassicism, and the Negotiations of Place by Professor Kirsten Pai Buick

Free event for PSSA Members  (join the PSSA).  £3.50 for non-members.

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Acts of Defiance: Exploring Protest ArtConcluded

Saturday 15 May 2021 10.00-14.10

SCOTTISH SOCIETY FOR ART HISTORY (SSAH) in partnership with THE PUBLIC STATUES AND SCULPTURE ASSOCIATION

Free Event – Online Webinar

Exploring the relationship between art & protest, & the role of art in confronting political, social, cultural & environmental issues.

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Toppling Statues WebinarConcluded

23 and 24 November 2020

Co-hosted by the PSSA and The Burlington Magazine this free webinar coincided with the Burlington’s annual sculpture issue. The event proved extremely popular with around 450 people registered to attend and over 200 participants on both days. This highlighted the fact that people were keen to debate the concerns surrounding the issue of contested heritage in a constructive forum.

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