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Discover & Research

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


Two black and white archival photographs showing Herbert Read as an older man, sitting behind a small perspex sculpture by Naum Gabo.

Autumn 2022: Herbert Read

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


Autumn 2021

New research uncovers the underlying messages behind monumental sculpture.

In this season we explore the relationship between monuments, gender and sexuality; re-examine monuments in the light of colonial memory; and consider artists’ responses to monumentality.


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.