#ISDay at Sunningwell School of Art


JOIN US on Saturday 24 April from 1pm to 6pm for a socially distanced and sanitised celebration of sculpture for International Sculpture Day where you can observe sculptors at work, attend exhibitions, watch demonstrations and listen to talks. Download a flyer here to share with your friends, family and colleagues. Download an ISDay flyer here to share with friends, family and colleagues.


ISDay 2021 Activities


  • 1pm to 6pm: Life-sculpture class led by our able students with a clothed model for visitors to observe in our ceramics studio
  • 1pm to 6pm: Scupture Exhibition in the Upper Studio and Main Studio (including work made by our students and Headway Rehabilitation and Activity Centre Wracking my Brain workshop participants
  • 1.30pm to 2pm: Pit-firing in the upper car-park
  • 2pm to 3pm: ‘Learning to look at Recent and Contemporary Sculpture’ talk and Q & A with author Mary Acton delivered via Zoom and live-streamed in the Main Studio. Click here for full details and Zoom link with Meeting ID and password.
  • 2pm to 3.15pm: ‘Assemble an artwork’ workshops for 5-11 years (must be booked in advance) round the corner at Bayworth Chapel.
  • 3.45pm to 5pm: ‘Finding your form’ workshops for 7-11 years (must be booked in advance) round the corner at Bayworth Chapel.
  • 3.30pm to 4.30pm: ‘The process of Sculpting for bronze, Explaining Armatures Material, Mouldmaking Wax, Making and Chasing and Patination‘ with sculptor, Martin Hayward-Harris at Sunningwell Village Hall
  • 3.30pm to 5.30pm: Welding demonstration in the car park with sculptor Wilbur Heynes
  • 3.30pm to 5.30pm: ‘Figurative sculpture in Clay’ demonstration with Malcolm West in the front car park
  • All day online: Pre-recorded online film documenting the creation of a new sculpture made from alabaster with Frederic Chaverin. The sculpture will be on display in exhibition.
  • All day online: ‘My Life Long Passion’, a pre-recorded talk with life sculpture student Kay Lynn
  • All day online: ‘Trial, Error and Perserverence’, a pre-recorded talk with life sculpture student Glenda Abrahamson

AND DON’T FORGET THERE’LL BE TEA, COFFEE, SOFT DRINKS, LOCAL CRAFT ALE AND CAKE – DONATIONS WARMLY WELCOMED!



ISDay 2021 Sculpture Workshops for Young People

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#ISDay 2020

Back in April 2020, many of us were sheltering inside but amazing public art created by sculpture students at Sunningwell School of Art, was showcased on Saturday 25th April, as part of our virtual celebration International Sculpture Day 2020 (ISDay 2020).

ISDay is a worldwide annual celebration of sculpture on the last Saturday of April every year. It was established by the International Sculpture Center and is meant to raise awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of sculpture in communities across the globe.

As well as hosting a virtual exhibition on our website, we highlighted the huge part sculpture and sculptors have played in people’s lives with a daily Countdown to ISDay. Each day we focused on a specific sculpture and sculptor, starting with Michelangelo and his iconic ‘David’ followed by. ‘The Kiss’ by Rodin, ‘Two Forms (Divided Circle)’ by Barbara Hepworth, ‘Spider’ by Louise Bourgeois and last but most certainly not least, ‘Les Trois Graces’ by Niki de Saint Phalle. See below for the final day of the countdown.

For more information about International Sculpture Day here.

International Sculpture Day is supported by the Doris Field Charitable Trust and Lord Faringdon Charitable Trust.


Countdown to ISDay – Final day

Les Trois Graces by Niki de Saint Phalle (1999)

Les Trois Graces is a set of three public artworks by French-American sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. The Three Graces are part of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Avenue Sculpture Project. In the classic style of Niki de Saint Phalle’s work, Les Trois Graces are three large sculptures of voluptuous women (a creation that de Saint Phalle calls a ‘Nana’) who appear to be dancing. Made of fiberglass, one Nana is covered in white, one yellow and the other is black mosaic tiles, ranging in heights of 12 to 15 feet.

They all wear elaborate bathing suits in designs such as hearts, fish and instruments, in multiple color schemes. A whimsical set of sculptures, the three figures have their arms raised as if ballet dancing; each has one foot on the ground and another raised up. They are Saint Phalle’s own version of The Three Graces. The artist said that the works represent unity among the races.

Image courtesy of https://www.wikipedia.org.eng/

Les Trois Graces are the first of many sculptures being installed for the New York Avenue Sculpture Project by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. By 2015 a selection of sculptures was installed along New York Avenue from 13th Street to 9th Street. The Museum’s efforts were in part to bring ‘character’ to an area where ‘there is a lot of good stuff going on’ due to revitalisation programs in the neighbourhood. The installation of de Saint Phalle’s pop art works was intended to contrast with the traditional sculpture that graces the streets and square’s of Washington.


Did Niki de Saint Phalle’s work change the art world?

Read the Art News article for a fascinating discussion about art, feminism, politics and social change.

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