Exploring Diversity in Public Sculpture

Session Convenors:

Klairi Angelou, (PMSA – Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, London) klairi@pmsa.org.uk or kamp.angelou@gmail.com

Please email your paper proposal to the session convenor using the Paper Proposal Form


In recent years, scholarship and society have become increasingly sensitised to the issue of diversity and inclusivity. We believe that questions around the depiction and representation of diversity in public sculpture have become increasingly hard to ignore and should, therefore, be addressed and thoroughly discussed. There may have been an increase in public sculpture commemorating women’s achievements (eg the statue of Millicent Fawcett in London) and memorials acknowledged by queer culture (eg  Kiss Wall in Brighton), and Marc Quinn’s Alison Lapper Pregnant in Trafalgar Square (2005) may have put disability, femininity and motherhood on the map, but there is still a long way to go. This session aims to promote the value of diversity in sculpture and challenge hegemonic narratives and approaches to it. It will address issues of marginalisation and explore in what ways diversity is understood and reflected in public sculptures.

We welcome contributions from all periods and geographic locations and invite interdisciplinary approaches, as well as fresh interpretation of existing knowledge and/or presentation of new material emerging from research, conservation or archival discoveries. Possible areas of enquiry can include, but are not limited to:

  • Queer approaches to public sculpture, as well as perceived politicised uses of queer memorials
  • Sculpture representing ethnic diversity
  • How the employment of different materials/techniques is involved in representing diversity
  • The role of museum and institutions towards diversifying sculpture
  • Case studies through which gender/sexual/social/national identity is explored and challenged through sculpture

Open and inclusive in scope, our session will attract a range of speakers concerned with broadening the understanding of public sculpture and become the topos of an exciting and challenging discussion, drawing upon a range of diverse sculptural practices.

Submit a paper

Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenor above, using the Paper Proposal Form

You need to provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 21 October 2019

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