Association for Art History Summer Symposium 2018

(Re-)Forming Sculpture
26 – 27 June 2018, Wakefield and Leeds

This two-day international conference will reconsider the boundaries and hierarchies of sculpture in art history, broadening how it is understood in terms of medium, form, materiality and cultural significance.

Highlighting current doctoral and early career research in the field of sculpture, the conference will provide a platform to celebrate the legacies of sculptural practice and study in Yorkshire, Britain and further afield.

Yorkshire Sculpture International at the symposium

Yorkshire Sculpture International’s Engagement Curator Meghan Goodeve and PhD Researcher Julia McKinlay will be presenting a paper at the conference.

They will introduce Yorkshire Sculpture International’s engagement programme Material Literacy, which brings together artists with schools, communities, universities and the wider public.

Material Literacy will consider the optimum space and conditions required to make sculpture. Reconnecting people with haptic learning, the programme will explore how sculpture is essentially wordless and implicit in the world around us.

Research is at the centre of our work and Julia McKinlay will present her practice-based PhD research, which focuses on Yorkshire’s existing fabrication facilities for the production of sculpture and the specific challenges that artists face when working in three dimensions.

The Symposium

Keynote Speakers

  • Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research, Exhibitions, and Publications | Curator of Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art.
  • Rebecca Wade, Assistant Curator (Sculpture), Leeds Museums and Galleries, based at the Henry Moore Institute.

For more information and to book your place visit

The Summer Symposium 2018 is organised by the Association for Art History’s Doctoral and Early Career Research Network and supported by the University of Leeds, The Hepworth Wakefield, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Henry Moore Foundation.



Image: Installation view of Lynda Benglis at The Hepworth Wakefield, 6 February – 1 July 2015. Courtesy the artist and Cheim & Read, New York