Your Sculpture is a national project to transform the way people access and learn about sculpture.
The UK holds arguably the finest national sculpture collection in the world drawn from almost every country and era, offering insights into cultures as diverse as 12th-century Nigeria, Victorian Britain, Tokugawa-period Japan, Renaissance Italy and 1960s New York. It ranges from monuments to sporting achievements and heroic acts to votive figures from Tibet, busts of Scottish Enlightenment figures and the Angel of the North, all of which tell stories relevant to Britain’s heritage today.
Sadly, a significant proportion is hidden away and lacks records, images and online access. Many public monuments are not fully recorded and are at risk. Your Sculpture will create a comprehensive photographic and information audit of UK public sculptures, enabling collections to provide online access to their works and people to engage with them.
The project will encourage existing, new and diverse audiences to share knowledge, exchange opinions and visit objects, both in-person and online, through a free, sustainable, participatory website, and discover the extraordinary sculpture they own. Extensive training and volunteering activities will be available throughout the project.
The PCF has received a first-round pass from the HLF for the Your Sculpture project, demonstrating that that they believe that the project has potential to deliver high-quality outcomes and value for Lottery money. A first-round pass is recognition that the HLF values the proposals and want to have the opportunity to assess them in detail at the second round. A first-round pass does not guarantee that we will receive a grant. The Development Phase of the Your Sculpture project will run during 2015, in advance of a second-round application to the HLF at the end of 2015. If this application is successful, the Your Sculpture project Delivery Phase will commence in 2016.
To read the HLF Your Sculpture press release, click here.
This blog will provide updates on progress throughout the Development Phase as we work towards our round-two application, as well as posts on interesting sculptures we encounter during our research. Most posts will be by Katey Goodwin, Your Sculpture Project Manager, with input from project staff and our partners.