Annual Duldig Lecture

The Duldig Annual Lecture on Sculpture was inaugurated in 1986 to commemorate the life and work of the sculptor Karl Duldig and his wife, the artist and inventor Slawa Horowitz-Duldig. 

Now in its 36th year, the Duldig Annual Lecture has continued to highlight and discuss important trends and contemporary issues within the world of sculpture.

A full list of speakers can be found here.

2022 - On the 24th of November at 7pm via zoom, Dr Shawn Sobers will speak on the the 'Material culture and the echoes and legacies of transatlantic enslavement – before and after the Colston statue.' As Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice at the University of the West of England (UWE). He is a member of “We are Bristol History Commission” which was set up in 2020 in response to the toppling if the statue of Edward Colston, 17th Century English merchant, slave trader and member of parliament.

On the 7th of June 2020 the statue of Edward Colston was defaced and pulled down before being pushed into the Bristol Harbour during the George Floyd protests which sparked the wider Black Lives Matter movement which took place in countries all over the world.

2021 - Maree Clarke, a Mutti-Mutti, Yorta- Yorta, Wamba - Wamba and Boon Wurrung artist, designer, researcher and curator, who will discuss her multimedia installation works that fuse traditional knowledge with technology. These works, spanning many forms from sculpture, photography, and videography, simultaneously highlight ancestral narratives and affirm everlasting connections between Country, language, and identity.