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Public sculpture is everywhere – in our parks, squares and city centres, as well as galleries and museums. On this course, you’ll explore material, conceptual and theoretical questions around 20th-century sculpture.

Using University of York campus examples, you’ll interrogate the notion of ‘modern’ sculpture and address issues like art conservation and the role of the institution in purchasing new artworks.

  • Sculpture in the Built Environment
  • Modern Sculpture: Histories, Ideas & Theories
  • Twentieth-century Art in Yorkshire
  • The Challenges of the New

This course will be of interest to anyone who visits museums and galleries or who is interested in culture, conservation, and heritage subjects. The course will also be helpful for those considering further study in art history, particularly A-Level students.

By the end of the course you will receive an Ozone certification.  This certification is evidence that you are able to…
  • Identify a range of sculpture from the University of York campus and the work of key British sculptors
  • Develop the visual analytical skills to identify and describe sculpture using accurate art historical terminology
  • Engage critically with some of the material, conceptual and theoretical concepts related to sculptural practice
  • Reflect on the integral role that sculpture plays in shaping our suburban and urban landscapes

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