Annual Duldig Lecture

Inaugurated in 1986 the Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture commemorates the life and work of the sculptor Karl Duldig and his wife, the artist and inventor Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.

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


2022 Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture
Dr Shawn Sobers - Member of the "We are Bristol History Commission." 

Watch this year's lecture below:

2022 - On the 24th of November at 7pm via zoom, Dr Shawn Sobers spoke on '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 Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture
Maree Clarke - artist, curator and researcher

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.  

Watch last year's lecture below:

Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, BoonWurrung woman from Mildura in northwest Victoria, is a multi disciplinary artist living and working in Melbourne. She is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, and a leader in nurturing and promoting the diversity of contemporary southeast Aboriginal artists.

Maree’s continuing desire to affirm and reconnect with her cultural heritage has seen herrevification of elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost over the period of colonisation such as the traditional possum skin cloaks, together with the production of contemporary designs of kangaroo teeth necklaces, and string headbands adorned with kangaroo teeth and echidna quills.
Maree Clarke discusses her multi media installations of photography, painting, sculpture and new
technologies that further explore the customary rituals and ceremonies of her ancestors.
 This year’s event will be held on Sunday 19 September, from 2pm to 4pm.

Image: Maree Clarke with her sculpture installation ‘Me in mourning’ (2019) sticks, tulle, video projection. Courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Image credit: Eugene Hyland, National Gallery of Victoria. 2021

2020 Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture
Dr Arie Hartog, Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen Germany

The 2020 annual Duldig Lecture was an international online event presented by Dr Arie Hartog, Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen Germany with an introduction by Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, former Director, National Gallery of Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria

In 1932 German artist and sculptor, Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981), appeared to be "the next big thing" in German sculpture, however, events turned out quite differently as Marcks' work was soon labelled as "degenerate art" by the Third Reich. Despite such persecution he continued to live in Germany between 1933 and 1945 and became one of the most important representatives of modern sculpture in German Post-War Art. That being so, what does the term "modern" mean exactly? What did it mean then, what does it mean today? The question becomes all the more interesting when you draw an imaginary line from Gerhard Marcks to Karl Duldig. Was Duldig modern? When and why?

Listen to the 2020 DULDIG Lecture

Dr. Arie Hartog is Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, a museum for modern and contemporary sculpture inspired by the work of the German sculptor and graphic artist Gerhard Marcks (b. 1889 - d. 1981). Dr Hartog is also chairman of the Association of Sculpture Museums and Sculpture Collections Working Group in Germany. His research focuses on the history of European sculpture.

Visit the Gerhard Marcks Haus website here.

List of Past Duldig Lectures

The Duldig Lecture is organised by the Duldig Studio in association with the University of Melbourne and is supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.