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‘An unexpected presence’: Oliffe Richmond’s Striding Man (1962)

Presented by Dr Dawn Pereira, Dr Melanie Veasey, and Professor Alison Yarrington

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  • Saturday 8 May, 7:00pm
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In 1962, Oliffe Richmond’s epoch-defining, Striding Man, a large outdoor bronze sculpture, was gifted by London County Council to the presently named Charter School in Dulwich. These talks explore aspects of Richmond’s biography: as a Tasmanian sculptor, his artistic influences, his experience as an assistant to Henry Moore, and the development of his post-war, professional practice in the UK.

Striding Man is one of forty-eight artworks acquired for educational establishments over an eight-year period (1957-65) under the ‘Patronage of the Arts Scheme’. Here, Richmond as a Commonwealth citizen, took his place alongside established figures like Henry Moore, émigré artists and specialist practitioners and those whose careers were just beginning, including Franta Belsky, Elisabeth Frink, and Heinze (Henry) Henges.

Set within the historic context of radical developments in post-war education in the UK and prompted by the current ambitions for conservation and restoration of this magnificent, iconic post-war sculpture, the significance, longevity, and legacy of Striding Man is the focus for the concluding conversation.

The Friends of The Charter School North Dulwich are raising funds for the renovation of The Striding Man please donate here

Dawn Pereira is an artist, writer and teacher, working for many years in education and community settings. Her PhD thesis ‘Art for the Common Man: The Role of the Artist Within the London County Council (1957-65)’ was awarded in 2009. Funded by a Henry Moore Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2017-2019) she is currently completing a monograph regarding William Mitchell’s integration of architectural sculpture into British post-war urban landscapes. Dawn has recently been awarded the Terra Foundation for American Art/Paul Mellon Centre Fellowship (2020-21) to research Mitchell’s murals and sculpture in San Francisco and Hawaii.

Melanie Veasey is art historian specialising in figurative sculpture, visual concepts of freedom and the diversification of the patronage of the arts. She holds a PhD in Art History exploring ‘Reforming Academicians’, Sculptors of the Royal Academy of Arts, c.1948-1959. (2018, Loughborough University). She has undertaken archival work for the Royal Academy and contributed to celebrating the Summer Exhibitions. Melanie has presented research seminars for the Henry Moore Institute and the Paul Mellon Centre. She is currently writing a monograph on the Austrian émigré sculptor, Siegfried Charoux R.A. (1896–1967) and editing papers on selected women sculptors for an art journal.

Alison Yarrington, FSA, FRSE, FRSA, is Professor Emerita of Art History (Loughborough University) and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow (University of Glasgow). She is on the Art UK Sculpture Steering Panel and chairs the Sculpture Journal Advisory Board. Her research and publications focus upon public sculpture, women sculptors, sculpture’s display and collecting histories, and the Anglo-Italian marble trade in the long nineteenth century. She acted as academic adviser to the Chatsworth Sculpture Gallery redisplay project and was Principal Investigator for the AHRC/BA- funded project Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951

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