TALK & SUPPER: Public Sculpture – What’s the Point?

Friday 5 November, 6:30pm

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Talk and supper at the gallery during our Elisabeth Frink ‘Man is an Animal’ exhibition. Frink created much public art in her lifetime, a genre dominated by men.

With ongoing discussions over the statues in our cities, we invite guests to discuss ‘Public Sculpture – What’s the Point? Followed by supper with our guests in The Mess Restaurant.

Public art adds enormous value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of a community. It is now a well-accepted principle of urban design that public art contributes to a community’s identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors. But with more and more public art, who decides and who commissions?

Guests include Isabel de Vasconcellos (author of Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World) and sculptor Laurence Edwards who has recently completed public commissions in Suffolk and Doncaster.