In “Public Art, Historic Settings,” artist Hew Locke, visiting professor of Fine Art at Falmouth University, will be talking about issues of public art in historic settings, as well as his own practice in the field. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30pm, at Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth University (25 Woodlane, Falmouth, United Kingdom). The event is free and open to the public, but please register here.
Description: [This lecture is] part of his ongoing investigation of the display of power; for 15 years Hew Locke has been thinking about, and making work about, the public statues that populate our streets. He has been commissioned himself to create permanent public artworks in London, Bristol and Runnymede, as well as creating temporary works within, and reflecting on, historic sites such as museums, stately homes, town halls and churches. His talk will touch on both the cultural and the practical aspects of making, or removing, public art.
Locke’s investigation of the display of power includes areas such as royal and swagger portraiture, coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, financial documents, weaponry and costume. Maritime imagery and symbolism has been a constant in his work, along with reflections on his upbringing in Guyana.
Born in Edinburgh, Locke spent his formative years in Georgetown, Guyana, before returning to the UK to study. He received his BA(Hons) Fine Art in 1988 from Falmouth, then an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 1994.
Locke has work in the collections including Tate, the British Museum, the V&A, Brooklyn Museum and the Perez Art Museum Miami. He has had solo shows in public galleries in the UK and the USA, and has taken part in Biennials in Hangzhou, China; Kochi, India; Prospect3, Miami; Guangzhou, China; Valencia, Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
[Image above: “Cui Bono,” by Hew Locke, 2017. Installed in Bremen Town Hall, Germany; photo by Indra Khanna.]