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Public Statues of London (A five week Imperial College course)

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Imperial College London

South Kensington

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A five week summer school class visiting some of the fascinating, and sometimes controversial, public statues and sculptures in London.

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With the furore over the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol and demands that statues to other controversial figures in British history be removed public sculpture has never been more topical.

In London we have a huge collection of public sculptures, ranging from memorials to individual historical figures, to commemorations of significant events, to representations of abstract ideas. These works of art are all around us, but their very familiarity can make them seem almost invisible. And even if we do notice them, how often do we know what the statue or monument commemorates?

On this 5 week course we are going to explore some of the public statuary and sculptures of London. We will visit five key locations in the centre of London, each rich in statues, sculptures and monuments, and examine at first hand the appearance of the sculptures, their setting and what they represent. We will learn about some of the figures commemorated in these monuments, why they are commemorated and why some of them are now so controversial.

No previous knowledge of art history or history is necessary - all welcome.

This 5-week course comprises 2-hour in-person session each week (10 contact hours) from 1.30pm to 3:30pm. It is taught on location in the streets of London at the sites of the sculptures and public monuments we will be studying.

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Week 1: Thursday 29 July 2021 The Controversy of Commemoration: Trafalgar Square

Week 2: Thursday 5 August 2021 Commemorating War: Hyde Park Corner

Week 3: Thursday 12 August 2021 Public Sculpture: The Art of Empire? (City of London)

Week 4: Thursday 19 August 2021 Reinventing the Past: South Kensington

Week 5: Thursday 26 August 2021 Public Sculpture into Public Art: Broadgate (near Liverpool Street Station)

This is not a classroom or online course - we will be walking the streets of London to visit the sculptures, so please wear sensible shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and do bring an umbrella.

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About the Tutors

Dr Michael Paraskos is a very experienced adult education tutor, having taught for over twenty-five years. He holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and also teaches architectural history to students at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine. His first novel In Search of Sixpence was published in 2016 and his second, called Rabbitman, was published in 2017.

Richard Barnes is a sculptor, stone carver and letter cutter who trained at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He has worked on the architectural sculpture at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and is the recipient of the Brian Till Prize for Art History Writing and the annual award of the Honorable Knights of the Round Table for his carving. His most recent writing includes 'Footfalls on the boundary of another world' published in the anthology, Othello's Island 1 in 2019.

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Covid Precautions

Please be aware of covid-19 safe-distancing requirements and adhere to them. We ask if possible that participants on this course take a home swab test (lateral flow test) before joining each session of the class. These can be ordered free of charge prior to the start of the course from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or obtained free of charge from many pharmacists.

In the event of the government or Public Health England requiring further lockdown measures the class will transfer online and any remaining sessions will be taught entirely online.

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Terms and Conditions, Accreditation and Certification

This course is organised by the Evening Class and Adult Education section of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) at Imperial College London. Terms and Conditions Apply - available here. Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions before enrolling. Enrolment on the course is indicative that you accept the published Terms and Conditions.

The course is an adult education course and does not carry academic credits. It is intended as an enjoyable and fun event and not an academic course. There is no assessment or examinations and additional work to the site visits each week is optional. At the end of the course participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

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Imperial College London

CLCC

Imperial College London

South Kensington

SW7 2AZ

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organiser Dr Michael Paraskos

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Michael Paraskos is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine.

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