2010 International Sculpture Conference
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What is Sculpture in the 21st Century?
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In April, more than 250 sculptors and sculpture lovers from all over the world gathered in London for the ISC’s 22 nd International Sculpture Conference. “What is Sculpture in the 21 st Century?” was a great international success. With attendees representing 19 different countries, this was one of the most diverse and internationally recognized conferences in ISC history. The event brought together ISC members, non-members, artists, arts administrators, curators, city planners, educators, art supporters, and students; 65% of the conference delegates were first-time conference attendees.
Highlights included keynote addresses by Antony Gormley, Peter Noever, and Lucy Orta; an international roster of 32 presenters featured in eight unique and thought-provoking panel discussions held at the state-of-the-art Kings Place; an opening reception at Tate Modern with free admission to two special exhibitions; free admission to Tate Britain’s Henry Moore Exhibition; and daily ArtSlam sessions. Other activities included workshop demonstrations at Chelsea College of Art & Design, featuring two bronze pours, a gallery hop, a private preview of Anthony Caro’s new works at the Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery, and pre-conference tours.
Of the 250 attendees, 50% were from Canada and U.S., 31% were from the U.K., and 19% came from other countries around the world. Thanks to generous donations from event sponsors, the ISC was able to offer 54 students discounted admission to the conference, where students comprised an outstanding 20% of the overall attendance.
We want to thank everyone who joined us in London. We also want to give a special thanks to the many sponsors whose contributions enabled us to offer such an inclusive conference, including Chelsea College of Art & Design, Kanter Family Foundation, Nadine Witkin / Estate of Isaac Witkin, Tate, National Gallery, Alan Gibbs, Gallery Kasahara, and Sir Anthony Caro. And many thanks to our collaborating partner, University of the Arts London under the direction of Chris Wainwright and his wonderful staff.