12th January 2000

 

INAUGURAL LECTURE FOR NEW PROFESSOR

 

The life’s work of the new professor of sculpture at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will be uncovered in her inaugural lecture and exhibition next month.

 

Prof Joanna Mowbray joined the university in 1985 as a research assistant in the sculpture department at the university’s city centre campus after working at art schools around the country.

 

The lecture ‘Inside Out’ is also the name of one of her sculptures and the event will trace the development of Prof Mowbray’s work and her various influences.

 

“It’s about the practice of sculpture so I wanted to make the lecture as visual as possible,” said the professor who became a reader of sculpture in 1998.

 

At home in Huddersfield Prof Mowbray has her own professional studio and workshop and is currently creating sculptures using metal and sheet plastic.

 

Her interests extend into contemporary dance and she is organising a new project working with a performance artist from Tel Aviv in Israel. Depending on whether they receive the required funding the first performance will take place in Tel Aviv in July with further performances in Britain.

 

The project has already received funding from Yorkshire Arts and the university’s own research budget.

 

Prof Mowbray also works with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and in 1995 received a Henry Moore bursary.

 

The professorship was actually bestowed on her in November 1998 but a hectic schedule including her new position as reader has meant the lecture has had to be delayed until 2nd February.

 

The event will be held in Ferens Art Gallery from 6pm and members of the public who would like to attend should contact Lorraine Clark on 01482 440550.

 

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