International Sculpture Center

   

22nd International Sculpture Conference:
What is Sculpture in the 21st Century?


April 7-9, 2010
London, United Kingdom

Presented by the International Sculpture Center (ISC)
in collaboration with The University of Arts London

Sponsor provided in part by:
Chelsea School of Art and Design, Tate, National Gallery, Antony Caro


More details coming soon!

Call For Papers


Paper Applicants: All applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by October 15th, 2009.

*The Call For Papers Deadline Has Passed.  Papers Are No Longer being accepted.*

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What is Sculpture in the 21st Century?

The ISC's 22nd International Sculpture Conference will explore and consider the potential of sculpture in the 21st century - to provide an opportunity to both celebrate its vitality and diversity, its capacity to challenge,  and to examine its current position, function and production.

Individuals are invited to submit proposals for papers and panel discussions that provoke critical exchange and debate in relation to the broad thematic areas referred to below. Submissions are encouraged that support opportunities for interaction between participants and enable the conference to engage in a truly international exchange of ideas and viewpoints.

Individuals wishing to contribute panel abstract proposals for the 22nd International Sculpture Conference must submit a 200 word abstract for review by the Conference Advisory Committee. All abstracts must be submitted electronically using the online form available below. 

The abstract submission deadline is June 4, 2009. Abstracts received after the submission deadline will automatically be placed on the waiting list

Please click below for complete abstract guidelines.   Incomplete or improperly formatted abstracts will not be reviewed.

Themes / Agendas


The following themes have been written to prompt and suggest possible platforms for discussion and debate. The ISC welcomes responses that extend and develop these themes in areas that will engage delegates in sharing different perspectives that enable lively speculation about possible discourses and future direction and development of Sculpture.

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The Languages of Sculpture:

Since William Tuckers highly regarded book “The Language of Sculpture’ was published in 1974, the term ‘sculpture’ within contemporary art encompasses an increasingly diverse range of practices that resists easy categorization, definition or a dominant set of principles.

While numerous successful practitioners can be seen to be part of a long sculpture tradition, many influential artists employ varied and eclectic methods, and approaches in the production of artworks that engage with spaces, contexts and audiences in which the currency, nature and relevance of the term sculpture remains open to question.  

  • How and in what way is the development of Sculpture influenced in relation to digital media – light/sound/video and through hybrid and interdisciplinary forms of performance/actions/site based installation?
  • To what extent has the curator’s agenda shaped the language and reception of sculpture and how has this influenced current developments?

Public Perception and Investment:

The scale of, and investment in ambitious commissions of permanent and temporary sculpture as part of city and regional cultural regeneration over the past two decades has been unprecedented. Matched by an expanding audience for contemporary art, internationally recognized artists have produced innovative artworks that have set new standards and expectations in the field of public art.  

  • How has the commissioning process and policies for major public projects adapted to this growth, and how has this influenced new ways and methods of working? Are there more appropriate ways to involve and engage artists in development schemes that value and promote sustainability and opportunities for young artists?
  • To what extent has the lack of exposure and critique of public sculpture in the art press limited necessary debates in the field, and how well is the impact and investment of projects evaluated in order to gauge it’s temporary or long term success?  

The State of Education:

In many UK Universities and colleges sculpture has been incorporated into holistic Fine Art courses that embrace an inclusive approach to cross-disciplinary practice reflecting current tendencies and attitudes. The economics, viability and relevance of maintaining three dimensional making in schools is having an impact on recruitment for subjects including sculpture and ceramics at college level that in turn impacts of Higher education. 

  • Is the curriculum and support for sculpture changing within the art school and to what extent does this mirror the changes that are taking place in the artist's studio?
  • How can sculpture, its production and critical development be maintained and enhanced - can global differences and international exchange provide examples of good practice in education?  

The above has been written to prompt and suggest possible platforms for discussion and debate. The ISC welcomes responses that extend and develop these themes in areas that will engage delegates in sharing different perspectives and provoke speculation about the future direction and development of Sculpture in the twenty first century.


Click here
for Abstract Guidelines.

*The Call For Papers Deadline Has Passed.  Papers Are No Longer being accepted.*