Valuing Sculpture: Art, Craft and Industry 1660-1851

Sculpture holds an indeterminate position within art historical dialogues. Categorisations such as art, craft, or industry contrive barriers between sculptural production, which separate works from each other and serve to remove scholars from sculpture’s commonalities. The conference ‘Valuing Sculpture: Art, Craft and Industry 1660-1851’ aims to bring together researchers investigating sculpture across these definitions in order to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue which considers how value judgements of sculpture are formed. These discussions will be focused on the period
1660-1851 in an effort to situate these discussions within the development of modern sculpture practices.

In foregrounding the materiality of sculpture, this conference aims to refocus attention on how links have been consistently made between media and making processes to categorise and subsequently value sculpture. In doing so, we intend to encourage interdisciplinary discussions through object-based studies that will expand more traditional focuses on critical theory. In light of this, we will invite sculpture practitioners to join researchers in these discussions. Furthermore, the conference will encompass an expansive definition of sculpture to facilitate discussions about less widely studied media, such as bone, textiles and plasterwork. By recognising the broad scope of sculptural practice, we intend to generate discussions relevant to a wide range of studies within art history and beyond.


£ 1634

Lead Student

Charlotte Davis (University of Leeds)

Other student organisers

  • Hannah Kaspar, University of Leeds
  • Caitlin Scott, University of Sheffield
  • Samantha Scott, University of York