The Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945, is the first major survey of post-war British sculpture by women. Spanning more than seventy years and exploring the work of fifty sculptors, the exhibition provides a redress to the many accounts of British sculpture that have marginalised women or airbrushed their work out of art history altogether.
We invited four University of Nottingham students, inspired by Breaking the Mould, to reflect on the exhibition with us. Watch below as they discuss their experience in the arts and of the exhibition, their favourite sculptures, and why they've enjoyed Lakeside having this exhibition so much:
Hannah McCurrie is a third year History of Art student at the university. She has been involved with the exhibition since its opening, giving tours of Breaking the Mould to the public.
It's not an end point, this exhibition, it's a starting point for women's sculpture" Hannah McCurrie
Here we hear from Emma Jackson, about her favourite piece in the Breaking the Mould exhibition, Rose Finn-Kelcey's God's Bog (2001).
I think seeing sculptures was insightful, in that it made me see art in a bit of a different way" Emma Jackson
Sophie is a History of Art student at the University. Watch here as she discusses how the representation of women in the exhibition is important for women in art and raising the profile of female artists.
Every artwork is coming straight at you. Almost like this female army that is coming from all sides" Sophie Bowen
Emilia is a Liberal Arts student, specialising in History of Art and Classical Civilisation. With her artistic expertise, she discusses her favourite piece in the exhibition Sarah Lucas' NUD CYCLADIC 7 (2010) and how captivating the exhibition is.
I think there's a sense of celebration. And I think when you're walking around and you see the pieces, it's almost like theatre." Emilia Stanton
If you have not visited Breaking the Mould yet you still have time:
An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition
BREAKING THE MOULD: SCULPTURE BY WOMEN SINCE 1945
Saturday 18 September – Sunday 9 January
Open Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-5pm
Closed on Mondays
Admission free, no booking required
A superb survey of post-war UK women's sculpture at The Djanogly Gallery."