BATTERSEA PARK SCULPTURES, Battersea
Battersea Park has a long history of exhibiting sculpture that began with a huge exhibition of 43 contemporary works in 1948, followed by 4 more exhibitions between 1951 and 1966. The park is now home to a number of permanent sculptures including pieces by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Nicola Hicks.
BEN URI COLLECTION, St John’s Wood
Europe’s only collection dedicated to émigré art comprising over 1400 works from 35 countries including some 87 sculptures by artists of European Jewish descent including a number of pieces by Nina Grey, Moshed Oved, Jacob Epstein and Max Sokol. Ben Uri is actively looking for a central London home for its permanent collection and until then can only exhibit a small proportion of the collection in their temporary exhibition space in north London
The whole collection can be viewed online HERE – search view work by technique: sculpture.
CANARY WHARF SCULPTURES, Canary Wharf
The Canary Wharf complex has one of the UKs largest collections of Public Art. On the website there’s a link to a detailed map of some 40 sculptures that the estate has purchased, commissioned or been loaned.
COURTAULD GALLERY SCULPTURES, The Strand
The collection includes sculptures stretching from the early Renaissance into the C20th and is the result of a series of gifts and bequests by some of the leading collectors of the C19th and C20th including including Samuel Courtauld and Count Antoine Seilern. The collection includes pieces by Degas, Paul Gauguin, the British School (Dobson, Hepworth, Caro and King) and Roger Fry’s (the Bloomsbury Group art critic and artist) collection of African & Oceanic wood carvings and sculpture.
EMILY YOUNG: NEO BANKSIDE SCULPTURE WALK
Located near Tate Modern, 9 Emily Young sculptures have been installed by Bowman Sculpture around the Neo Bankside property development. This outdoor exhibition runs until 1 June 2020.
FOURTH PLINTH, Trafalgar Square
The Fourth Plinth Programme is possibly one of the most famous public art commissions in the world, often sparking a flurry of public debate. The plinth was built in 1841 to hold a statue of William IV but due to insufficient funds remained empty. The first commission was Mark Wallinger’s ‘Ecce Homo’ in 1999 (a life sized marbleised plastic statue of Jesus). Other commissions include Hans Haacke’s ‘Gift Horse’ in 2015; Katharine Fritsch’s ‘Hahn/Cock’ in 2013; and Marc Quinn’s ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ in 2005. The current piece is David Shrigley’s ‘Really Good’.
A book on the Fourth Plinth was published in October 2016 ‘Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World’ by Grayson Perry and Isabel de Vasconcellos. Go to our books section in our resources page for more information.
HARLOW ART TRUST, Harlow
Founded in 1953, the Trust has built up a collection of sculpture by some of the foremost names in modern and contemporary art. The centre of Harlow is a large-scale open-air art museum with works by Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ralph Brown, Lynn Chadwick, Lee Grandjean and Elizabeth Frink. The Trust continues to purchase and commission new sculpture and other works of art.
There is a free detailed APP ‘Harlow Sculpture Trail by Al Little’ which guides you through the various sculpture trails with write-ups on and images of the 83 sculptures. A hard copy catalogue and guide ‘Sculpture in Harlow’ by Gillian Whiteley can also be purchased.
HENRY MOORE GALLERIES at TATE BRITAIN
Henry Moore is one of the most significant British Sculptors of his generation and the C20th, winning first prize at the first Venice Biennale since the war. Tate Britain has 2 galleries dedicated to his work, displaying over 30 sculptures, film, photographs, maquettes and drawings.
If you want to look up the details of a statue that you come across, Historic England has a free online search service on listed statues. Enter ‘London’ into the Government Region drop down and ‘statue’ into the Monument Type drop down. Your search can also be refined by statue name and street name. Useful information includes the history of the piece and a map location.
INGRAM COLLECTION, Woking
Chris Ingram started his private collection in 2002 which is housed in a purpose built museum and gallery called The Lightbox. It spans 100 years of British art and includes works by Elizabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi, Geoffrey Clarke, Lynn Chadwick, Kenneth Armitage, Barbara Hepworth, Reg Butler and Bernard Meadows.
KENSINGTON & CHELSEA PUBLIC SCULPTURES WALK
Over 90 of the borough of Kensington & Chelsea sculptures have been impressively catalogued and can be found (free) on the Kensington & Chelsea website in a digital anthology entitled ‘On Public View – A Journey around the sculpture of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’ (by David Nolan and Caroline Starren). The chapters download as PDFs. Sculptures including pieces by Gill and Epstein are listed by area (e.g. The Chelsea Embankment, South Kensington, High Street Kensington, Holland Park and Notting Hill Gate) with detailed images, descriptions and location maps.
The Royal Parks house many monuments, fountains and statues. The parks with notable sculptures to see include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens (includes Peter Pan and The Arch by Henry Moore), St James’s Park, Green Park, Regent’s Park, Greenwich Park, Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens (includes Auguste Rodin’s Burghers of Calais) and Grosvenor Square Gardens. The Royal Parks site has images and information on all their statues.
SIR JOHN SOANE MUSEUM, Lincolns Inn
Sir John Soane was one of the most inventive architects of his time building the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The museum, his home, houses over 6,000 works of art and antiquities collected by him during his lifetime (1753 – 1837) including sculptures and over 700 Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities
THE LINE, Greater London
London’s first dedicated contemporary sculpture walk opened in May 2015. The route runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the waterways and the line of the Meridian. Works include sculptures by Martin Creed, Damien Hirst, Eduardo Paolozzi, Thomas J Price and Abigail Fallis.
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM SCULPTURE GALLERIES, South Kensington
The V&A is one of the world’s leading museums of art and design, housing over 2.3 million objects spanning over 5,000 years. It holds the National Collection of Sculpture (Western European Sculpture from C4th to the end of C19th) which contains c22,000 objects. There are also dedicated galleries on South Asian and Chinese sculptures. The impressive Weston Cast Court features over 60 C19th productions of important Italian Renaissance monuments including a 5 metre high cast of Michaelangelo’s David and 7.5 metre high doors cast from the Gates of Paradise at Florence Cathedral.
WALLACE COLLECTION, Marylebone
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.