Sculptural Thinking

Practices of carving, casting and modelling are traditionally associated with the inherited concepts of sculptural construction, but the impact of new materials on processes of production offer up different modes of thinking about sculptural form in the twenty-first century.

The Centre for Sculptural Thinking explores how the expanded character of materials gives shape to sculptural form in the following contexts:

  • Cultural

  • Technical

  • Industrial

Drawing on the expertise of artists, theorists, historians, philosophers, curators, scientists, engineers and technologists, new areas of collaborative research include:

1: Big Data and Visualisation

Capturing form with data, sculptural formations of the invisible, sculpting datasets, 3D and 4D visualisations.

2: Philosophies and histories of material

The cultures of sculptural form, interdisciplinary registers between human and non-human objects. 

3: Sculpture in Public

Built environments, sculpture parks, art galleries and museums, conservation and heritage of sculptural forms.

4: Sculpture and the archive

Legacies of art and design education, archive sites and modes of public engagement.

5: Engineering sculptural materials

New technologies and innovations, testing and analysis of fabrication in contemporary practice.

6: Networks of sculptural production

Collaborative exchanges between stake-holders – artists, curators and theorists, consultants and partners, architects, designers, engineers, technicians and policy makers.

The centre produces publications, exhibitions, and conferences, convenes public seminars and reading groups in sculptural thinking, and generates practice-led outputs in collaboration with experts in the field. We currently share research opportunities both at the National Arts Education archive and YSP sculpture exhibitions and associated events. Our international links include Carolyn Christov-Bakergiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) 2012, and Visiting Leverhulme Professor at the University of Leeds and Huddersfield in 2013 and 2014.

Recent projects include: the conference Yinka Shonibare: Material Positions, in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), ‘Archival Interventions in Sculpture’, a conference panel at the AAH 2014, RCA London and Till Rolls, 7th International Arte Laguna Prize (International Press Award and sculpture finalist).

For more information on postgraduate taught courses within Art and Design view our Art and Design Postgraduate Guide


Taught Masters Programmes offered within the centre include:

Digital Media MA

© 2017 University of Huddersfield - All rights reserved

VAT registration number 516 3101 90