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Displaying the Head of Victory

MacDonald, Juliet (2015) Displaying the Head of Victory. In: Thought Positions in Sculpture. Public Symposium, 12 November 2015, Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield. (Unpublished)

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Here I discuss my responses as an artist to a sculpture from the archive, Henry Fehr's 'Head of Victory', which was loaned for the exhibition 'Thought Positions in Sculpture' at Huddersfield Art Gallery from 16 October 2015 to 9 January 2016, curated by Rowan Bailey.

The Head of Victory is the only remaining section of the winged statue of Victory that once stood triumphantly at the top of the Leeds War Memorial. Created by the sculptor Henry Charles Fehr (1867-1940), the monument was installed in 1922 to commemorate those who died in the First World War. However in the decades that followed, the figure of Victory began to corrode and became increasingly unstable. It was removed from the memorial in the 1960s to avoid risk to the public. The head is now in the collection of Leeds Art Gallery and was kindly loaned for the exhibition.

In my installation, the head was raised once more above viewers, flanked by two artworks that responded to the dual aspects of the memorial’s intended function.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Curator of an exhibitionBailey,
Additional Information: This article was produced as a narrative to accompany my artworks for the exhibition. It was delivered as a paper for the symposium 'Thought Positions in Sculpture' (University of Hudderfield, 12 November 2015).
Uncontrolled Keywords: First World War
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
School of Art, Design and Architecture > Sculptural thinking
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Depositing User: Juliet Macdonald
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 09:33
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 17:31


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