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BBC Four and the Royal Academy of Arts Announce Sculpture On Screen

BBC Four and the Royal Academy of Arts announce Sculpture On Screen, a collaboration which brings a series of free Friday-night screenings of BBC sculpture documentaries as part of BBC Four’s Focus On Sculpture and the Royal Academy’s Modern British Sculpture exhibition.

From 28 February to 1 April, visitors to the Royal Academy’s Fine Rooms can view a rare collection of in-depth documentaries on the theme of British sculpture from the BBC’s rich arts archive.

The first episode of the three-part BBC Four series Romancing The Stone – The Golden Ages Of British Sculpture will be exclusively screened ahead of transmission as part of Sculpture On Screen.

From the 1960 Face To Face – Henry Moore interview via Elizabeth Frink in conversation with Norman St John-Stevas, to an Omnibus on Richard Long in 1983, to coincide with the BBC Four Sculpture Focus, BBC Archive is to release a collection charting the evolution of British sculpture from its 20th Century renaissance to the fresh wave of new talent which emerged during the Eighties.

The collection profiles – amongst others – the early champions of modernism Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, their successors Sir Anthony Caro and Eduardo Paolozzi and the later-celebrated Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon and Angel Of The North visionary Antony Gormley.

The film British Sculptors showcases the sculptors explaining their craft in their own words – the origins of their inspiration and how they develop their ideas. This collection of films will be available from 27 January on the BBC Archive website.

Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four, said: “Sculpture is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, art form. It is all around us in public places, in art galleries and in our homes. And yet it is the art form that is often overlooked. But it is one of the greatest of art mediums. It is history written in stone. Though the most solid and enduring of art forms it manages also to transcend time to become universal and speak to us through all ages.

“As the gold card channel for arts, music, culture and knowledge, BBC Four wanted to explore this most treasured art form in a distinctive way through a broad range and depth of programming in a special season on British sculpture. BBC partnerships and collaborations with the arts sector go beyond broadcast. Our association with the Royal Academy for Sculpture On Screen is a brilliant example of this and how BBC Four can enrich the audience’s experience of the arts in a unique way”

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