2018 Arts, society and medicine lecture - Cathie Pilkington RA: From Stuff


Monday 29 January 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Public Engagement Programme, Royal Academy of Arts



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We are pleased to announce that Cathie Pilkington RA will be giving the 2018 annual Arts, society and medicine lecture.

Cathie Pilkington will reflect upon the ways in which her work challenges our ideas about the female body. She will discuss her practice of “making things from stuff”. While her early work focused on the affectionate, complex and critical experience of modelling, carving, casting, stitching, painting, accumulating and arranging objects, her more recent works present a developing language of increasingly ambivalent forms that challenge our approach to the sculpted female body and object.

Disrupting the grand sculptural canons of depicting nudes and goddesses with the more intimate registers of toys, ornaments and dummies, her sculpted “dollies” are at once beautiful and strange. Carefully created from a vast array of materials and cultural references, these objects approach the immediacy of ordinary figurative playthings, thereby challenging the art world’s conventional relationship between the viewer and the artwork.

Cathie Pilkington was elected as a Royal Academician in 2014. She is the first ever female Professor of Sculpture in the history of the Royal Academy Schools. In 2017, her solo show 'Life Room: Anatomy of a Doll' transformed the Royal Academy Schools’ 19th-century life-drawing room into an immersive sculptural installation.

Image: Cathie Pilkington RA © Perou


6.00 pm


6.30 pm

Welcome address

6.35 pm

2017 Arts, society and medicine lecture

Cathie Pilkington RA, Sculptor and Figurative Artist

7.20 pm

Discussion time

7.35 pm

Vote of thanks

7.40 pm

Drinks reception

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For information on this event, contact Aaliyah ArcherTel: 020 7290 3919 Email: public@rsm.ac.uk arrow