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Research Seasons

Each year our research programme is organised into specific areas of enquiry, explored through themed Research Seasons.

Each season includes a range of research events, conferences, lectures, film screenings and discussions, designed to showcase new thinking on different aspects of sculpture.

Current season


Propose a research season

If you have ideas for a research season and want to work with us in developing a series of events, please contact Dr Clare O’Dowd, Research Curator:

Previous seasons

A black and white photograph showing various steel pipes and manhole covers.


Summer 2021

The practicalities of how artists approach making sculpture, and their relationship with skilled fabricators, has often been shrouded in mystery.

We examine the blurred lines between art, craft and industry, revealing how sculptors realise their vision through collaboration and exchange.