Collaborating with Caro

Caro and others on the roof of St Martins, Charing Cross Road

10 Oct 2014

Central Saint Martins is delighted to host a symposium celebrating Anthony Caro’s long and influential contribution as a sculptor, teacher and collaborator.
 
The symposium will explore the sculpture and teaching of Anthony Caro (1924-2013) through a series of talks and panel discussions with artists, academics and studio assistants.
 
While Caro’s individual achievements as an artist are self-evident his commitment to sculpture as a social activity is less well known or documented. As a teacher at St Martin’s from the late fifties he abolished individual working spaces, and insisted on discussing sculpture in group ‘Crits’ and public ‘Forums’. In the eighties he founded the Triangle Workshops, which brought artists from around the world together for a number of weeks, to make art alongside each other in a ‘pressure-cooker situation’ where competition and discussion were encouraged.
 
As likely to take inspiration from the work of students and his immediate contemporaries as from classical Greece, Rembrandt or Picasso, Caro adopted a restless, experimental and improvisational approach throughout his career.  In addition to his long-standing relationship with his studio assistant Pat Cunningham, who worked for Caro for over 40 years, a succession of young artists worked alongside him to expand the scale and ambition of his sculpture.
 
Drawing on the testimony of fellow artists, studio assistants, and his colleagues at St Martin's and Triangle, the symposium sets out explore Caro’s legacy from the perspective of different generations.
 
Speakers include: William Tucker, Phillip King, Tim Scott, David Evison, Peter Hide, Robin Greenwood, Hamish Black, Jenny Dunseath, Frances Richardson, Anna Best, Elena Crippa, Ian Dawson, Olivia Bax and Neil Ayling.

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Schedule for the day:

Doors open at 09.30.

Introduction / Welcome 10.00am: Mark Dunhill, Dean of Academic Programmes, CSM.

Session 1: 10.05  - 11.20
Making Sculpture – Views From The Studio

Throughout his career Caro collaborated with assistants and other artists in the production of his sculpture. Jenny Dunseath (chair), Neil Ayling, Olivia Bax, Hamish Black and John Wallbank will discuss their experience of working for Caro, and how this has informed their own practice as artists.

Session 2: 11.20 – 12.30  
Teaching The New Sculpture: St Martin’s in the Sixties

Elena Crippa will give an introduction to the sculpture department at St Martin’s, followed by a discussion between Phillip King, Bill Tucker and Tim Scott. They will reflect on their experience as students and teachers at St Martin’s, and the particular attitudes to sculpture and pedagogy that evolved at the college.

LUNCH BREAK: 12.30 – 13.30

Session 3: 13.30 – 14.00
Returning to Early One Morning

Ian Dawson will introduce and discuss a project he led with students from Winchester School of Art (Southampton University) to make a full-size facsimile of Caro’s seminal 1962 sculpture Early One Morning.

Session 4: 14.00 – 15.00
The Triangle Workshops

Caro founded the Triangle Workshops with the intention of replacing the isolation of the studio with discussion and competition. Since the early nineties Triangle has become an increasingly international organisation and hosts workshops and other events all over the world. Rebecca Fortnum will give a brief introduction to Triangle and then discuss the workshops with participants Frances Richardson and Anna Best.

TEA BREAK: 15.00 – 15.30

Session 5: 15.30 – 16.45
Steel Sculpture After Caro

Peter Hide, David Evison, Robin Greenwood, three steel sculptors who studied at St Martin’s, will give short presentations on different sculptures by Caro. Sam Cornish will then chair a discussion on the continuing legacy of his sculpture.