Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Public sculpture surrounds us in our everyday lives in our parks, town squares, city centres and from local galleries to national museums. Have you ever wondered who made them? What they’re made from? Or the stories behind them? In this course, we try to answer those questions by studying a variety of sculpture from the picturesque University of York campus. Many of these works are examples of the dramatic change that the medium of sculpture underwent during the twentieth century. Over this four-week course, we will explore how and when sculpture arrived on York campus, delve into historical, theoretical and material debates surrounding modern art, and reveal the usefulness of sculpture in our everyday lives.
Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds We also explore Yorkshire’s rich history as the epicentre for modern and contemporary sculpture. The region boasts internationally recognised galleries such as the Henry Moore Institute, the Hepworth Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The University of York plays an important role in the story of sculpture in Yorkshire from its foundation in the 1960s to the present day. In a world that’s increasingly visual, learning to look at and analyse objects is an important and valuable, lifelong skill. Art history teaches us how to look and see the world from an informed perspective. So, join us as we explore the new forms, philosophies and debates that produced the greatest artists and sculpture of the twentieth century.