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ONE DAY SCULPTURE is a New Zealand-wide series of 20 newly commissioned artworks by national and international artists - each of which will occur during its own 24-hour period over the course of one year. Led by the Litmus Research Initiative at Massey University Wellington and Claire Doherty - UK-based curator, writer and Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of the West of England - ONE DAY SCULPTURE is produced in partnership with arts institutions and contemporary curators across New Zealand and will be realised in Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin from June 2008 - June 2009.
Concerned with issues of installation and temporality, permanence, monumentality and the public realm, ONE DAY SCULPTURE sets out to examine how contemporary artists conceive of sculpture in its broadest sense - as a means to critically navigate and activate the public sphere. Presenting a range of national and international perspectives, the series will be characterised by a diversity of artistic approaches from publicly sited installations of 24-hour duration to nomadic interventions across the city at moments during one day.
A two-day international symposium hosted in partnership with Te Papa will accompany the series in early 2009. As a primary forum for exchange, the symposium will bring together artists, writers, curators and the broader national art community, together with leading international peers, for an in-depth examination of the critical contexts that underpin ONE DAY SCULPTURE. See http://www.onedaysculpture.org.nz/ODS_programme_sym.html for more information.
Research and projects presented in the context of the symposium will form the backbone of a retrospective publication, co-edited by Claire Doherty and David Cross, Associate Professor and Litmus Projects Director, School of Fine Arts.
ONE DAY SCULPTURE is the primary outcome of the inaugural Litmus Curatorial Fellowship, which engaged Claire Doherty in a six-week research residency at Massey University School of Fine Arts in November 2006.
Identified by Litmus as a leader in her field, Doherty's invitation to Wellington was premised by the calibre and scope of her ongoing critical engagement with temporary, place-based art commissioning and curatorial methodology. Aligned with the Litmus Research Initiative's commitment to expanding opportunities for artistic, curatorial and publishing projects beyond gallery space, Doherty's portfolio - particularly the many exhibition, conference and publication projects she has activated over the past decade articulated a range of models and approaches of relevance and interest within a New Zealand context.
In addition to facilitating a well attended and critically engaging programme of events - including a national public lecture series - the Fellowship enabled Doherty and the Litmus team to discuss, develop and refine an exhibition proposal which would examine notions of public sculpture, commissioning, ephemeral and place-sensitive sculptural practice.
Doherty develops research into contextual practice for the Fine Arts
field through the research and commissioning programme Situations. She
lectures widely on curatorial issues and has published in a diverse
range of art magazines and exhibition catalogues, as well as editing
over twenty publications - including the influential: Contemporary Art:
From Studio to Situation.
Doherty graduated from the Courtauld
Institute of Art, London, in Art History in 1993 and subsequently
completed an MA in Curating and Commissioning Contemporary Art at the
Royal College of Art, London. Concurrently, she worked at the
Serpentine Gallery and Henry Moore Foundation. From 1995 - 2000 she was
Curator at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, where she focused on
investigating new strategies for curatorial practice beyond
conventional exhibition models. In addition to gallery-based
exhibitions including work by Susan Hiller, Joseph Grigely, Fiona
Banner, Nathan Coley, Rachel Whiteread and Doris Salcedo, she also
developed projects off-site, such as Cornelia Parker's Meteorite Lands
on Birmingham's Bull Ring (2000) and the acclaimed city-wide project as
it is. From 2000-2001, she established a new programme of projects and
residencies at Spike Island, Bristol and began work as Associate
Curator for FACT (Foundation of Art and Creative Technology,
Liverpool). She went on to be responsible for a new strand of
exhibition and symposia for the new FACT Centre (2003 - 2004).