November 2023: Upcoming show and Symposium

Alexandra Harley – ‘Alob’, 2022. Bronze, bronze wire. Photo: Peter Griffiths

The TSM artists are taking part in a sculpture exhibition at ‘Vessel’, the exhibition space at York St John University, in December and January.

The exhibition ‘Talking Sculpture: Dialects of Making’ a group exhibition supported by Vessel in association with Talking Sculpture Making (TSM) will bring together a national and intergenerational group of artists working in abstract sculpture. ‘Talking Sculpture‘ will forefront the material investigation and material conditions of making sculpture engaged in formal and material conversations of the medium and reassert the importance of feminist legacies in understanding the ongoing importance of abstraction within the medium of sculpture. 

Alexandra, Gillian and Sheila will be showing alongside Katrina Cowling, Charlotte Cullen and Hannah Honeywill.

Private View: 5-8pm, 7th December
Exhibition open:
8th – 15th December 2023, 10 – 5.
8th – 25th January 2024, 10 – 5.

There will be a Symposium also titled ‘Talking Sculpture: Dialects of Making’ on 25th January 2024.

Key note speaker will be the renowned feminist art academic Grizelda Pollock.

This one-day symposium will support an overdue conversation to reassert the importance, histories and future legacies of abstract sculpture made by women artists, including artists with lived experience of misogyny and gendered oppression.

There is still an underrepresentation of women sculptors working in abstraction. This symposium aims to address this imbalance and examine sculptural abstraction and the ways it is and can be understood within the contemporary sculptural field. In collaboration with the artist collective Talking Sculpture Making, this symposium will support intergenerational discussion from abstract sculptors across the UK working today.

Drawing from a presentation of abstract sculpture presented at Vessel Gallery, York St John University’s public art gallery, the symposium will forefront the embodied experience of viewing sculpture with the purpose of; questioning the role language plays in making sense of and asserting representation, the material conditions of making, the histories and context of abstract sculpture; to reflect on legacies and propose support structures to address the underrepresentation of abstraction within the ongoing feminist repositioning of sculpture.

More information on the day and details on how to register coming soon.

June 2023: New name, new website

The TSM artists have been having a period of reflection after their exhibition at APT Gallery in March 2023.

Due to some feedback they have decided to change the name of the group from This Stuff Matters to Talking Sculpture Making (TSM).

To reflect this change and to give a new impetus to their ambition to create an accessible archive of their history and current activities as women abstract artists, this new website has been developed.