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VIRTUAL EVENT: Contemporary Public Art at UCL East

12 May 2020, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm

A picture of a blue/grey wall with two canvases with abstract letters.

A UCL East Lunch Hour Lecture on Public Art and how we are working with artists to open up and inspire the university and local community.

This event is free.

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About the lecture:

Sam Wilkinson, Head of Public Art, UCL Culture will discuss UCL’s commitment to Public Art as an expression of the culture of UCL. Whilst in its infancy, Public Art now plays an important role within some of the most significant UCL Capital developments, the DRI/Ion at 256 Gray’s Inn Road and UCL East Campus. Sam will explain how we are working with artists to open up and inspire the university community and our important local neighbours.  The presentation will explore our commitment to collaborative working with academics and students to contribute to knowledge exchange and public engagement with a focus on UCL East and its Trellis Art Programme. Sam will be joined by Trellis artist David Rickard.

About the Speakers

Sam Wilkinson

Head of Public Art at UCL Culture

Sam has worked within the field of public art for 30 year for public and private clients; focussing on the role that artists can perform in shaping our public realm, supporting the work of emerging creative practitioners and developing unexpected partnership and relationships in the development of art commissioning programmes.  She was the Curator in Residence on for the Olympic Delivery Authority and commissioned number of the permanent works on the now QEEP.  Past clients include Cambridge University – the North West Cambridge Development, Hull Capital of Culture, Grosvenor Developments, Hammerson Plc Land Securities Plc and a variety of local authorities. 

David Rickard


David Rickard, (1975) is a New Zealand artist based in London, UK. His original studies in architecture have had a lasting impact on his art practice, embedding queries of material and spatial perception deep into his work. Through research and experimentation his works attempt to understand how we arrived at our current perception of the physical world and how far our perception is from what we call reality.