Organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Sculpture Victorious - Private Lecture and Exhibition

  • Clore Auditorium |
  • Talk and Tour |
  • Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 10:30

The Kent Committee are delighted to welcome back Michael Hatt, Professor of History of Art at Warwick University, to give  a private introductory lecture to Tate Britain's exhibition `Sculpture Victorious' which he and others have succeeded in bringing together. Michael gave a vivid talk about the planning and processes involved in mounting a major exhibition of this type at the Kent lecture in February 2013,. The exhibition, the first of its kind, examines the making and viewing of sculpture in Britain and its empire during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). It seeks to reveal not only sculpture's inventiveness and ubiquity, but also its cultural and political significance in the 19th Century.

The exhibition brings together a rich array of works including figures and reliefs in marble, bronze, silver and wood as wells as gems, cameos, and porcelain objects that highlight the imagination of Victorian sculptors and manufacturers – from Minton's spectacular six-foot-high majolica elephant to intricate carvings in ivory and wood. Many of the objects are rarely, if ever, seen by a wider public. The group will gather for coffee, followed by Michael's lecture, which will provide an invaluable introduction to the tour of the exhibition.

Please arrive 10.30am for 11.00am start. There will be two entry ticket times for the exhibition, one soon after the talk and the other leaving time for lunch. If you would like to join the group for lunch in the Rex Whistler Restaurant, please indicate this on the application, which can be obtained by contacting the organiser on the details below. Lunch will be paid for under separate cover.

This event has been organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

Clore Auditorium
Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG