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Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
Saturday 4 December 2021, 10am-4pm

Organised collaboratively with Arts Council Collection, Lakeside Arts host this informal and engaging day of presentations and discussion will shed light on the important contribution made by women to the field of modern and contemporary British sculpture. It brings together a panel of leading artists, curators and scholars who will share their latest research and thinking. There will be opportunities to reflect on individual practices, collective breakthroughs and areas ripe for further investigation. Participants can attend either in-person or online via Lakeside’s livestreaming service.


Time Session
10-10.30am Arrival
Refreshments served
10.30-10.40am Welcome
Neil Walker
10.45-11.25am Hilary Gresty and Natalie Rudd in Conversation
An introduction to the exhibition development and context
11.25-11.45am Open Q&A
Opportunity to ask questions and discuss
11.45am-12.15pm Naomi Polonsky
Women, Sculpture and Site-Specificity: The New Hall Arts Collection
12.15-1pm Lunch
1-1.30pm Katie Cuddon
Presentation of a new body of work created following the birth of the artist's daughter. The artist will explore the presence of an ‘other’ (the child) and how this has influenced and reconfigured her sculptural practice.
1.30-2pm Julia McKinlay
An introduction to Threshold, an artist-led space for showing sculpture founded in Leeds in April 2021. This presentation will discuss the challenges facing women artists working in sculpture and how Threshold aims to work towards a sustainable model for commissioning sculpture in Yorkshire.
2-2.30pm Break
Refreshments served
2.30-3.15pm Artists Sokari Douglas Camp and Permindar Kaur in Conversation with Natalie Rudd
3.15-4pm Open Discussion between Speakers and Chair Summary
4pm onwards Tour of Breaking the Mould exhibition


  • Learning: the opportunities and challenges faced by women within the art school system during this period.
  • Networks: formal and informal networks; alternative exhibiting strategies and spaces; mentoring opportunities.
  • Identities: intersectional reflections on the relationship between sculptural practice and gender identity, sexuality, race, class, disability and age.
  • Materiality: material choices and inventions; alternative working methods; interdisciplinary working practices; international influences.
  • Legacies: exhibition and collection investment and the commercial context; documentation and published legacies; the challenges involved with sustaining a career.
  • Current developments: new work, forthcoming projects, new thinking around sculptural practice, curatorship, exhibitions, engagement; interventions into existing literature.


Find out who's on our panel of leading artists, curators and scholars who will share their latest research and thinking at this year's Study Day.

Hilary Gresty

Hilary Gresty is an independent researcher, art historian and curator with special interest in women’s sculptural practice. Hilary has worked in visual arts for over thirty years, beginning her career as the Curator of Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge from 1983-89. Before then, she was a librarian at Windsor Castle and the Tate Gallery.

Hilary has a MPhil from the Courtauld Institute of Art where she has continued to research women working in sculpture in Britain from the 1960s to the present day.

Photograph of Hilary Gresty


Natalie Rudd

Natalie Rudd is a curator, writer and PhD Researcher at the University of Birmingham. She is now the former Senior Curator of the Arts Council Collection having curated many touring exhibitions using collections of modern and contemporary British art.

Her published work included Peter Blake (Tate Publishing, 2003), Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art (Hayward Publishing, 2017), Tess Jaray (Ridinghouse / Sotheby's, 2017), Paul de Monchaux: A Monograph (Ridinghouse, 2018) and Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 (Hayward Publishing, 2020, catalogue essay). Forthcoming texts: Veronica Ryan (Spike Island, Bristol, 2020, catalogue essay) and The Self-Portrait (2021, Thames & Hudson).

Photograph of Natalie Rudd


Naomi Polonsky

Naomi Polonsky is a Curator and Art Writer. She studied French and Russian at the University of Oxford and Curating at the Courtauld Institute of Arts and has experience working at the Hermitage Museum and Tate Modern. She has regular features in the Times Literary Supplement and The Calvert Journal.  

Photograph of Naomi Polovsky


Katie Cuddon

Katie Cuddon is an artist, maker and teacher who has worked primarily with clay since she began her studies at Glasgow School of Art in 1999. She has described her work as “anthropomorphic”, emerging from “thoughts and feelings as they tussle to find voice within limbs and under skin”.

Katie received the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2005 before graduating form the Royal College of Art. Her sculpture, A Problem Departure (2013) was acquired by the Arts Council Collection and can be viewed in the Breaking the Mould exhibition.

Katie is now a reader in Fine Art at Newcastle University and has had a number of solo exhibitions.

Photograph of Katie Cuddon


Julia McKinlay

Julia McKinlay is an artist, curator and researcher based in Leeds. Before moving to Leeds, she studied at the Glasgow School of Art and The Slade School of Fine Art in London. In 2018, Julia began a practice-based PhD with Leeds Beckett University and Yorkshire Sculpture International. She was commissioned to make an artist’s book entitled Feeling the Underside which contained digitally printed booklets and original prints that explore similar subject matter to her sculptures but via print and drawing.

Photograph of Julia McKinlay


Sokari Douglas Camp

Born in Buguma, Rivers State, Nigeria and studied fine art at Central School of Art and Design and Royal College of Art. Sokari works with steel and, while physically demanding, has in the past joked that this kept her warm in the UK. Oil is a big feature in her work because in Niger Delta, where she’s from, oil is the main produce. It led Sokari to consider the environment and products used in her work that are derived from oil/petroleum.

Sokari has had her work, All the World is Now Richer shown in The House of Commons in 2012 to commemorate the abolition of slavery and went on to exhibit at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and cathedrals nationally.

Photograph of Sokari Douglas Camp


Permindar Kaur

Nottingham born artist Permindar Kaur was chosen in June 2002 by Arts Council Collection as Artist of the Month in an online project. Permindar is a sculpture / installation artist who has exhibited internationally. Her major shows include Home, 5 Howick Place, London, (2020-21); Interlopers, University of Hertfordshire (2016); Untitled, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Berwick (1999) and Cold Comfort, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Mead Gallery, Coventry (1996).

Her distinctive style incorporates childhood objects and domestic spaces to explore territory and cultural identity. Her major solo exhibition, Hiding Out, exhibited in Lakeside’s Djanogly Gallery in 2014.

Photograph of Permindar Kaur


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Breaking the Mould Event information. September 18 September - Sunday 9 January; Free admission

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