Symposium: Positioning Sculpture

Image Credit: Bharti Kher, The fallow, 2019 © Bharti Kher

Hauser & Wirth Somerset

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Thursday 05 December 2019
2 – 4 pm
Opening Hours: 10 – 4
Admission Fee: £15
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This Autumn we celebrate the opening of our new exhibitions, ‘David Smith. Field Work’ and ‘Bharti Kher. A Wonderful Anarchy’ and invite you to join us for a symposium focusing on issues around making, commissioning and curating sculpture.


  • What are the considerations for commissioning artists to make sculpture for the public realm?
  • What constitutes a meaningful context for the display of sculpture?
  • What considerations ensure meaningful commissions take place?
  • How do artists begin to respond to a wide range of sites and context, and conceive art works that inspire and challenge audiences?

We are delighted to welcome Theresa Bergne, Tom Freshwater and Tanya Kovats to share their extensive knowledge and experience with us during this afternoon event.

Tickets are £15. The event will start at 2 pm and includes afternoon tea from Roth Bar & Grill.

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Theresa Bergne is an independent curator, producer and art consultant based in the southwest of England. She set up Field Art Projects in 1997 which commissions artists to make work in the public realm responding to a wide range of sites and contexts to deliver works that inspire, challenge and entertain.

Tom Freshwater is the Head of Public Programmes at the National Trust. He works across the organisation developing and commissioning programmes of cultural activity including contemporary arts, exhibitions, research, historic site presentation, publications and digital content.

Tanya Kovats is an artist who has developed an interest in geological forces and how they affect the landscape and the built environment. Seismographs and seismograms, visual records of the earth’s movements, have become central to Kovats’s practice. Tania Kovats was awarded the Henry Moore Drawing Fellowship, UWE, Bristol in 2004–05 and was Visiting Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Oxford University 2006.

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