Research Projects & Networks

Sculpting Lives
Project Description

Sculpting Lives is a podcast series written and presented by Jo Baring (Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British & Contemporary Art) and Sarah Victoria Turner (Deputy Director for Research at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London).

Dame Barbara Hepworth, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Kim Lim, Phyllida Barlow and Rana Begum — some of the most globally well-known British artists are women sculptors. Conversely, the profession and practice of sculpture was seen by many throughout the twentieth century (and before) to be very much a man’s world. Often using heavy and hard materials, sculpture was not typically viewed as suitable for women artists. 

This podcast series explores the lives and careers of these five women who worked (and are still working) against these preconceptions, forging successful careers and contributing in ground-breaking ways to the histories of sculpture and art. 

Each 45-minute episode takes a woman sculptor as its subject, exploring the artworks, networks, connections and relationships of these artists. Every programme is recorded in places that are significant for these women — their studios, as well as galleries and public places where their work is on display — and includes new interviews with curators, friends, family and the artists themselves, creating intimate soundscapes of their private and public worlds

Jo and Sarah bring their shared expertise and infectious enthusiasm for sculpture to this series, with each episode taking the form of an informal and lively conversation between Jo, Sarah and their interviewees.  

Sculpting Lives Contributors 

  • Eleanor Clayton, Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield
  • Sara Matson, Curator, Tate St Ives
  • Stephen Feeke, Curator and Writer
  • Clare Lilley, Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Simon Martin, Director, Pallant House Gallery
  • Annette Ratuszniak, Curator, The Elisabeth Frink Estate
  • Sam Johnston, Director, Dorset History Centre
  • Alex Turnbull, Son of Kim Lim
  • Hammad Nasar, Senior Research Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and curator of the British Art Show 9
  • Bianca Chu, Deputy Director, Sotheby’s S2
  • Phyllida Barlow, R.A.
  • Edith Devaney, Curator, The Royal Academy
  • Cathie Pilkington, R.A.
  • Nathaniel Hepburn, Director and Chief Executive, Charleston Trust
  • Chloe Hughes, Foundry Manager
  • Rana Begum, R.A.
  • Anne Barlow, Director, Tate St Ives

Written and hosted by: Jo Baring and Sarah Turner

Produced by: Clare Lynch

Research by: Isabelle Mooney

Music by: Pauline Oliveros, [Silence]

Visual identity by: Vanessa Fowler-Kendall

This podcast has been made possible through support from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

We are also extremely grateful to ArtUK and National Life Stories: Artists' Lives (British Library).

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