‘We Are Still Here’ recordings, 2021

The artists invited Meghan Goodeve to chair a discussion before an audience to investigate three questions:

  • What is the relevance of contemporary abstraction in an art world which is full of image-based, issue-based and socially engaged art practice?
  • What, if anything, is it that women artists can bring to abstraction, especially sculpture, that is different to men?
  • How do we see the future of our work and of other women making abstract sculpture?

Meghan Goodeve (she/ her) is a curator and educator with ten years’ experience in integrated programming, specialising in artistic projects which affect social change. Her work is concerned with supporting artists at all stages of their career, with particular attention to addressing representation around race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. She currently leads the Freelands Artist Programme, steering a UK-wide programme supporting emerging artists. Previously, she was the Engagement Curator for Yorkshire Sculpture International where she helped establish a major £1.5 million international sculpture festival in 2019, with four of the UK’s leading art galleries, curating an international commission in the public realm, public programming, an artists’ development programme, and artist-led education commissions. She has held roles at The Hepworth Wakefield, The Courtauld Gallery, and National Gallery. She is also a freelance curator delivering projects specialising in social practice and working with early career artists. She is on the board of Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield, an advisor for Threshold Sculpture, Leeds, and a governor for a SEND school in Sheffield. 

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