The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Programme
The Royal Society of Sculptors will bring the cultural landscape of Kensington to life with a dynamic summer programme showcasing a diverse creative offering from its members. The programme takes place at Dora House, a beautiful listed building in South Kensington where the society is based.
The 2021 Summer Exhibition has been curated by Sigrid Kirk inspired by the possibility of a new exuberant era for the arts. Drawing a parallel between the 1920s and 2020s, Sigrid Kirk looks to the years following World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic as inspiration for a manic flight into sociability. The Roaring Twenties, also known as the ‘Années folles,' were marked by social, artistic and cultural dynamism. For 2021 members have been invited to showcase something of this ‘joie de vivre’ in their work, seeing what possibilities arise.
A new temporary site specific work by Sophie Kemp has been commissioned to coincide with the Summer Exhibition. ‘More Than You Might Expect’ (2021) will be on display in the sculpture terrace at Dora House.
The ‘10gram Challenge’ displays the works from a lockdown project where artists were challenged to produce a small scale sculpture from a 10 gram piece of wax which was cast in bronze. The subject and style of the sculpture was open to interpretation and could be anything the artist was inspired to create during this period of isolation. There is a huge variety in creative responses from a goat’s head and a beaked figure to industrial abstract forms.