The art medal is a little-understood, but centuries-old art form. Usually cast in metal, these two-sided relief sculptures come to life when held and turned in the hand. Writer and art historian Marcy Leavitt Bourne, Director of the Student Medal Project, provides a lively pictorial introduction to the art of the modern medal, using illustrations from the current exhibition of medals from art colleges around the UK.
Following the talk, she will be joined by Philip Attwood, Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, to explore further how medals are used as a small but powerful art medium. There will then be a Q&A session giving you a chance to ask them questions.
This talk has been programmed as part of the exhibition Celebrating 80: Art in the Hand curated by the British Art Medal Society, which is on display at the Goldsmiths’ Centre from Thursday 23 March until Thursday 20 April 2017.
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