The turgid trajectory of sculpture in education (from the archives)

To celebrate International Sculpture Day on 24 April, we revisit this 2018 article that asks whether our education system is failing sculpture.

Sculpture has long been one of the core disciplines taught at art school, however within those departments a kind of push-and-pull between tradition and technology has arisen, as new methods impact sculptural practice in the 21st century.

At the Sydney Sculpture Symposium earlier this week, a panel of international educators and artists asked important questions about what is lost and what is gained as teaching styles change, and whether our degrees have become too short.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina