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Ancient plaster: casting light on a forgotten sculptural material

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Marble, bronze, and terracotta are all celebrated materials for sculpture in the round. However, plaster, another noteworthy material in antiquity, is understudied and often absent from the archaeological record. Two major questions regarding the role of plaster in ancient sculpture remain unresolved. This conference, bringing together international experts including archaeologists, conservators, and contemporary sculptors, aims to tackle these debates. Firstly, we will explore plaster as a sculptural material in its own right and address the use of plaster models for the production of works in other media. Secondly, we will tackle the contested issue of life-casting in antiquity, assessing whether such casting was indeed used in the production of bronzes. Demonstrations of plaster working and casting processes will give participants a practical understanding of material and technique. This interdisciplinary practice based focus will facilitate collaboration between archaeologists and contemporary practitioners, enabling cooperative analysis of these important and unresolved research problems.

Convenors:
Dr Emma Payne
, King's College London
Abbey Ellis, University of Leicester/University of Oxford
Dr Will Wootton, King's College London

Registration
A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.

Standard Admission: £75 both days, £40 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments 
Concessions: £35 both days, £20 one day. Includes lunch and refreshments 
The concession rate applies to: unwaged / retired / early career academics (within three years of completing PhD) / students / disabled. 

Free entrance is offered to companions or carers of disabled visitors.

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