Year of Sculpture 2019

1st Jan 2019  -  31st Dec 2019
Exhibitions and events across UCL

'Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting' — Ad Reinhardt

What is sculpture? From traditional stone, wood, plaster and metal – to contemporary sound, performance and digital media, join us for a year-long programme to explore what sculpture means today.

Look out for new installations and free exhibitions popping up inside and outside our museums throughout the year. Nearly all our events and exhibitions are free. 

New commissions

Untitled (Slade Pinboard)
Rachel Whiteread
UCL Student Centre
On permanent display. Free

The Turner Prize-winning artist's ghostly cast of a historic noticeboard in the UCL Slade School of Fine Art: an artwork acting as a memorial to times past.

Thomson & Craighead
UCL Student Centre
On permanent display. Free

A new digital installation livestreams UCL admissions data and simultaneously displays the countries that are represented and not represented at the university at any given time.

UCL Donor Wall
Sarah Fortais

UCL Japanese Garden
On permanent display. Free

A striking bronze and aluminium installation of hands reaching into space, commissioned to celebrate the generosity of UCL's donors.


Edward Allington: In pursuit of sculpture
UCL Art Museum
Tue - Fri, 8 Jan - 13 Dec 2019. Free
Celebrating the life and work of the acclaimed British sculptor, this exhibition explores sculpture's capacity to transform and be transformed by its surroundings. 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
Sat 19 - Sun 27 Oct 2019. Free 

Explore the paths and waterways of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to discover four installations created by contemporary artists together with scientists and engineers from UCL.

From Gurob to the Getty: The Voyages of an Ancient Egyptian Ship-Cart Model
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Tue - Fri, 18 Jun - 26 Oct 2019. Free

Explore the ancient and modern contexts of a unique wooden ship-cart model, including its recent voyage across the Atlantic to Los Angeles. 

Past exhibitions

Portrait of Jeremy Bentham
Marcus Lyall
UCL Wilkins Building, South Cloisters
14 Jan - 7 Feb 2019. Free

Come face-to-face with the illusion of a living Jeremy Bentham. Created by artist Marcus Lyall, this digital portrait uses 3D scans of Bentham's real head to follow you around the room.

Grant Museum of Zoology
Tue - Sat, 3 Jun - 7 Sep 2019. Free

An exhibition of experimental new artworks by students from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, created in response to the museum's weird and wonderful specimens.

Special events

Plinth III: Making and Meaning
UCL Slade Research Centre
9 Oct 2019. 18:00. Tickets £5 (available soon)

Artists Helen Carnac and Gary Stevens explore the link between an artefact and how it’s made. Is it a trade secret? Does the maker wish to amaze - or fool us?

Plinth Trial: Memory, Context and the Monument
UCL Wilkins Building, Haldane Room
20 Nov 2019. 18:00. Free (tickets available soon)

Artist Kenny Hunter addresses the past and present use of memorials. What are they for, what do they represent and how are they are used as sites of reflection?

Past events: 

Plinth I
Grant Museum of Zoology
9 May 2019. 18:30. £5

Come and tear down any preconceptions of what sculpture is – or could be – in the first of our new series of events presented with artists and researchers.

Plinth II: Rachel Whiteread in Conversation
Bloomsbury Theatre
10 Jun 2019, 19:45. Free (tickets available soon)

The artist discusses her practice and new sculpture in the UCL Student Centre with Professor Briony Fer and Professor Tamar Garb from UCL.


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