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International Sculpture Day

Saturday 25 April 2020 (12pm to 5pm)


International Sculpture Day is an annual celebration advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Sunningwell School of Art is lucky enough to be just one of two art organisations in the UK actively participating in the International Sculpture Center’s (ISC) world-wide celebration. Tutors and staff at the art school have organised a memorable afternoon of activities for members of the public, families and sculpture students.

Join us to see sculptors at work, listen to talks, attend a ‘pit (aka, smoke) firing’, participate in hands-on sessions and see an exhibition of student and tutors work. Young people can also create their own sculptures and take them home. Clay is provided for free to all participants and refreshments will be available all afternoon.

Visit the International Sculpture Day website here.


Countdown to International Sculpture Day

Sculpture of the week – Week 1 Venus of Willendorf

Image and copy courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/


Venus of Willendorf, also called Woman of Willendorf or Nude Woman, is an Upper Paleolithic female figurine found in 1908 at Willendorf, Austria. It is the most famous of some 40 small portable human figures (mostly female) found intact, or almost intact by the early 21st century. The statuette, made of oolithic limestone tinted with red ochre pigment is dated circa 28,000-25,000 BC.

At 4 ¾ inches high it is easily transportable by hand and both its size and material indicate that the artefact was created outside Willendorf. Its arms, though visible are negligible and crudely depicted. The only detail to be seen on the head is a pattern representing a braid or cap. The feet too are missing and were probably never a part of the overall design.

It has been suggested that the Venus of Willendorf is a fertility figure, a good-luck totem, a mother goddess symbol, or an aphrodisiac made by men, for the appreciation of men. An alternative hypothesis is that the sculpture was made by a woman and represents the foreshortening effect of self-inspection.

Marcus Hodge Exhibition – ‘Breaking the Cycle’ 

Breaking the Cycle is being shown in London at Art Moorhouse120 London Wall, from 21st November – 6th January.  This recent work was influenced by India and the exhibition was inspired by a fascinating trip to the ancient and holy city of Varanasi.

This exhibition is open by appointment, including weekends, so please do contact Art Moorhouse directly (Tel: 0750-2211-914) if you would like to see it.

You may also spot that I have a new website. One great feature of this is the chance to click on a picture, to see its dimensions and select ‘View on a Wall.’ This allows you to gain a far better idea of the size of a piece of work as we can see in this sample below:

23rd May to 31st May 2020 – Full details of Oxfordshire’s Visual Arts Festival


  • Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Summertown, Nth Oxford – Sarah Wiseman Gallery is the largest independent gallery space in Oxford and has built a strong reputation for ambitious and engaging exhibitions of contemporary art by established as well as emerging artists. Director Sarah Wiseman opened the gallery in 1998 and it was quickly established as a leading space for contemporary art in Oxford. Sarah has sought out a varied group of artists with an eye to individuality and technical accomplishment, reflecting her passion and commitment to contemporary art.
  • The National Gallery, London
  • The Royal Acadamy – An independent fine arts institution which supports contemporary artists and promotes interest in the arts through a comprehensive and ambitious exhibition programme.
  • Tate online
  • National Portrait Gallery – The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1865 to collect the likenesses of famous British men and women. Today the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
  • The Ashmolean – Museum of art and archaeology, Oxford
  • Victoria and Albert Museum – “The purpose of the Victoria and Albert Museum is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design.”
  • BBC – Arts – The BBC’s “…gateway to visual arts, literature, culture and getting creative”

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