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Friday 10 May – Sunday 12 May 2013


$290 early bird/members
$150 student/concession
$90 conference dinner

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James O Fairfax Theatre
Gandel Hall


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This two day symposium presents national and international perspectives as a context for discussion of sculpture in Canberra. It brings together artists, curators and art writers to discuss sculpture in its various forms – public sculpture, sculpture parks, galleries and works in collections.

Speakers will explore issues and ideas in themes such as spectacle, commissioning, environment, space and nature, place, light, interior or memorial space. London-based art consultant Vivien Lovell’s keynote address, part of the Centenary of Canberra's Big Issues/Big Talk program, will launch the symposium.

The symposium is a collaboration between The Australian National University's Research School of Humanities and the Arts, its School of Art, and the National Gallery of Australia. This event is part of the TOUCH: Sculpture and the Land program that is taking place in venues throughout May.

Speakers include artists Patricia Piccinini (Australia), Pamille Berg (NSW), Chris Drury (UK), Wolfgang Buttress (UK), Maria Fernanda Cardoso (Sydney), Angela Valamanesh (Adelaide), Kathy Temin (Melbourne), Heather B. Swann (Melbourne), David Jensz (Canberra), Jonathan Jones (Sydney), Djon Mundine (Sydney), National Gallery of Australia and Westfarmers Indigenous arts fellow Kevin O’Brien (Queensland), ANU School of Alumni Noelene Lucas (Sydney), Anne Neil (Perth), Siuli Tan (Singapore), Corbett Lyon (Lyon House Museum, Melbourne), Michael Hedger (Manly City Council, Sydney), Robyn Archer (Canberra Centenary), Vivien Lovell (UK), Steven Holland (Australian War Memorial), Alistair Riddell (ACT), Ken Scarlett (Melbourne) and National Gallery of Australia curators Deborah Hart, Lucina Ward, Mim Kelly and Christine Dixon.

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James Turrell 'Within without' 2010, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased with the support of visitors to the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition 2010
© James Turrell
Photograph: John Gollings
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