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April 7-9, 2010
London, UK
What is Sculpture in the 21st Century?
Support provided in part by:Chelsea College of Art and Design, Kings Place, Kanter Family Foundation, Nadine Witkin / Estate of Isaac Witkin, Tate, National Gallery, Alan Gibbs, Gallery Kasahara, Sir Anthony Caro
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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.

This bi-annual event will bring together ISC members and non-members for discussions and networking opportunities.




Big Ben clock tower, Credit: visitlondonimages/ britainonview

Registration Is Closed!

On-site registration will be accepted on a space available - first come basis.
Limited spots are currently available

The rates will apply:

ISC Member On-Site: £475

Non-Member On-Site: £600

Only Visa and Mastercard accepted for on-site payments.

Registration Information:

Registration Is Closed.

On-site registration will be accepted on a space available - first come basis.
Limited spots are currently available

The rates will apply:

ISC Member On-Site: £475

Non-Member On-Site: £600

Only Visa and Mastercard accepted for on-site payments.

Registration includes admission to all panels, keynote addresses, reception at Tate Modern, admission to the Henry Moore exhibition at Tate Britain, workshop demonstrations at Chelsea College of Art & Design, ARTSlam Sessions, gallery hop, and lunch Thursday and Friday.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing before March 16, 2010 and are subject to a £125 cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after March 16, 2010. All approved refunds will be issued within 3 business days of request to original paid credit card.  Registrations paid by check will be refunded via check .

Click here for more information on registration.

Antony Gormley BLIND LIGHT 2007. Fluorescent light, water, ultrasonic humidifiers, toughened low iron glass, aluminium, 3200 x 9785 x 8565 mm, Commissioned by the Hayward Gallery, London, Installation view, Hayward Gallery, London Photograph by Stephen White, London


The ISC’s 22nd International Sculpture Conference program will include (subject to change):

  • Keynote presentations by Antony Gormley, Lucy Orta and Peter Noever
  • International Roster of Presenters
  • Opening Reception at Tate Modern
  • Admission to Henry Moore Exhibition at Tate Britain*
  • Daily ARTSlam sessions for delegates to show their work
  • Workshop demonstrations at Chelsea College of Art & Design
  • Evening Gallery Hop
  • Early Bird (SOLD OUT), Member, and Student (pending sponsorship confirmation) Rates Available
  • Airline and Hotel Discounts

    *Present your conference badge to receive admission to this Special Exhibition offered at the Tate Britain for a limited time.  Click here for more info on the show. 

David Mach, Myslexia. Image courtesy of Cass Sculpture Park.

Keynote Speakers:

Antony Gormley Peter Noever Lucy Orta

Antony Gormley

Born and raised in North London, Antony Gormley has become a significant force in the sculptural world. While at Trinity College, Cambridge, he studied archaeology, anthropology and art history, and from 1971-1974, he traveled to India and Sri Lanka and studied Buddhist meditation. These experiences have truly influenced his work, beginning solely with representations of the human body embodying moments in time, and later exploring the realm of how one’s self relates to others. Many of his sculptural works are made with, or based on, molds taken from his own body. Gormley’s work has been exhibited extensively, with solo shows throughout the UK in venues such as the Whitechapel, Tate and the Hayward galleries, the British Museum and White Cube. His work has been exhibited internationally at museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Malmö Konsthall, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Germany. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999.

Photo credit: Lars Gundersen

Peter Noever

Designer. Since 1986 C.E.O. and Artistic Director of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna. 1988–1993 initiator and artistic director of the general adaptation of the MAK entrusting 13 contemporary artists with the redesign of the MAK Permanent Collection. Interventions in the building’s structure (James Wines/SITE’s “Gate to the Ring”, James Turrell’s “MAKLite”, Walter Pichler’s “Gate to the Garden”) and launching art in the public realm (Franz West, Donald Judd, Philip Johnson, Michael Kienzer). 1994 foundation of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. 2006 foundation of the Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice, a joint branch of the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the MAK Vienna. 2008 acceptance of the Fitzpatrick-Leland House (a Donation by Russ Leland) and foundation of the MAK UFI – Urban Future Initiative, Los Angeles.

1975–1993 lecturer of Design Analysis at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 1989 guest professor for Museology at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. 1982–1994 publisher and editor-in-chief of UMRISS, the magazine for architecture.

Realized and is continuously working on various architectural projects, such as the land art intervention “The Pit” in Breitenbrunn/Burgenland (1971–today), the design for the MAK Terrace Plateau in the MAK Garden (1989/1993), CAT – Contemporary Art Tower / The 21 st Century Collection together with Sepp Müller and Michael Embacher (1989), the Havana Project (with Carl Pruscha) in the capacity of the urban planning consultant for the Cuban Ministry of Culture and the UNESCO (1995), and “MAK über Wien. Reparatur, Intervention und Erweiterung” together with Embacher/Wien (2009), a feasibility study defining the changed requirement profile of the museum and proposing concrete agendas for the public realm.

Peter Noever is curator and exhibition designer in Vienna, Los Angeles, and abroad; he realized numerous exhibitions on art and architecture as well as exhibitions of his own architecture and design works in Europe, the US and Asia. He realized various product designs and developed ground-breaking design strategies. Lives and works in Vienna.

Photo credit: Peter Noever with Amish Kapoor’s “Shooting into the Corner”. © Elfie Semotan 2009

Lucy Orta

Lucy Orta was the inaugural Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Fashion (2001-2007), the first endowed Chair for the University of the Arts London. Since 2008 she holds the title of Professor of Art Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion. In a body of work spanning more than a decade, Lucy has created a unique genre that transcends denominations between sculpture, fashion, architecture and performance. Lucy Orta has exhibited her work in major contemporary art museums including: Museum of Modern Art Paris 1993; Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art Paris 1996; Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 1998; Weiner Secession Vienna 1999. Biennales include: Venice 1995, Johannesburg 1997; Havana 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include: 2010 – Natural History Museum London / 2008 - Galleria Continua Le Moulin, Paris; Hangar Biccoca Milan / 2007 - Institute of Contemporary Arts London; Galleria Continua Beijing / 2006 - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam / 2005 - Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation for the Venice Biennale) / Barbican Curve Gallery London, and 2004 Victoria & Albert Museum London.

photo credit: Jean-François Jaussaud. Courtesy of the Artist

Thomas Schutte, Model For a Hotel from the Fourth Plinth Project. Photo: Chris Wainwright.

Panels will address topics facing those working currently working in sculpture including:

The Languages of Sculpture
Public Perception and Investment
The State of Education

Events scheduled to take place at: (subject to change)

King’s Place Chelsea College of Art and Design National Gallery Tate Modern Tate Britain

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image courtesy of Kings Place

Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG

Phone: + 44 (0)20 7841 4860

King’s Place will be the official Conference Headquarters for all panels and keynote addresses held on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9.   King’s Place is easily accessible from the King’s Cross - St. Pancras tube stop. Please see below for locations of Wednesday's events.

At King’s Cross/St. Pancras Exit at Euston Street.  Bear left to make a left on York.  King’s Place is 300 meters up the road on York, approximately 5 minutes.

Located in Central London, King’s Place is a center for classical music, contemporary art, and debates. This conference center includes three art galleries featuring a wide range of artists from those who are just emerging on the art scene to those who are leaders in their fields. Kings Place also has a number of dining options including the Green & Fortune Café, Rotunda Bar & Restaurant, and the Concert Bar.

Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Photo by David Revagliatte, Courtesy of Chelsea College of Art and Design and 45 Millbank.

Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip Street,
+44 (0)20 7514 7751

Chelsea College of Art and Design will host workshop demonstrations and ARTslam sessions on Wednesday, April 7 from 10:00AM – 3:00PM.  Chelsea College of Art and Design is a short walk from the Pimlico and Vauxhall Tube stops. For further directions click here.

The Chelsea College of Art and Design is one of a three-college partnership within the University of the Arts London. Located next to the Tate Britain, the school is in a prime location where it is surrounded by creativity and inspiration. One of the highlights of the school is the CHELSEA space, an exhibition area designed to allow artists and designers to work on experimental curatorial projects.

From the Pimlico tube stop CCAD is a 10-15 minute walk.   Take exit following signs for Tate Britian.  Once out of station bear on left to Regency Street following Regency to Vauxhall. Cross Vauxhall and go right up Vauxhall, toward the River Thames.  Make a left on John Islip street.  Follow to Tate Britain and make a right.  Tate Britain will now be on your left, conference entrance to CCAD on the right.  Click here for a map.

Or for further/alternate directions click here.

National Gallery’s portico entrance, Courtesy of the National Gallery

The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
Phone: +44 (0)20 7747 2885

The National Gallery will host the opening Keynote address by Antony Gormley on Wednesday, April 7th 2010.  The National Gallery is a short walk from the Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Piccadilly, and Embankment and WestminsterTube Stops. 

From the Charing Cross tube stop, National Gallery is almost directly next to the stop, behind the fountains.  Please use the Sainsbury Wing Entrance.  Click here for more details. 

Getting to Tate Modern from National Gallery: Note it is about a 35 minute journey.

Located on the edge of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is home to the national collection of 13th to 19th century Western European paintings. On top of having over 2,300 paintings, the National Gallery offers guided tours, film screenings, live musical performances by students from the Royal College of Music, and the option of setting up stools for sketching throughout the museum. Another highlight of visiting the National Gallery is their Friday Late events where the museum is open until 9PM giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy a night at the bar or café as live music plays in the background.

Tate Modern. Photo: © Tate Photography

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7887 8888

Tate Modern will host the Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 7. Tate Modern is a short walk from the Southwark, Mansion House, and St Pauls Tube stops.

Tate Modern is located on the south bank of the River Thames at Bankside, near Blackfriars Bridge, opposite St Paul's Cathedral and next to the Globe Theatre.  Please use the River Entrance, next to Millennium Bridge.

Getting to Tate Modern from National Gallery: Note it is about a 35 minute journey.

Once an abandoned power station, Tate Modern was opened in 2000 and now holds the national gallery of international, modern and contemporary art dating from 1900. Tate Modern is one of the four galleries that display pieces from the Tate Collection. In addition to visual displays showcasing artists such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, there is also a “learning zone” with hands-on activities, short films, and multimedia interactives.

Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
Phone: +44 (0)20 7887 8888

Tate Britain is offering admission to their major Henry Moore Exhibition to all conference attendees with their conference badge. Tate Britain is a short walk from the Pimlico, Vauxhall, and Westminster Tube stops and is next to Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Tate Britain. Photo: © Tate Photography

Tate Britain is another of the four galleries that display pieces from the Tate Collection. This particular gallery focuses on British art beginning from the time of the Tudor monarchs in the 16th century to the present day. Much like the other Tate galleries, Tate Britain offers a wide variety of experiences to its visitors. In addition to the artworks displayed throughout the gallery, there are also regular music performances, film viewings, and discussion panels.

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