SCREENING, Q&A: STUFF THE WORLD IS MADE OF and THREE SCULPTORS
EVENT: SCREENING, Q&A: STUFF THE WORLD IS MADE OF and THREE SCULPTORS
DATE: 12th December 2023 - 12th December 2023
TIME: 6PM to 9.30PM
VENUE: SWEDENBORG HALL
ARTIST/S: STEVE DILWORTH
PARTICIPANT/S: STEVE DILWORTH | IAIN SINCLAIR | PAUL COX
FILM MAKER/S: PAUL COX | IAIN SINCLAIR
Q&A MODERATOR VICTOR REES
As part of the Histories & Hauntings programme of events, Swedenborg House is proud to present Stuff the World is Made of, a 60-minute film portrait of the Yorkshire-born sculptor, Steve Dilworth. Exploring the working practices of a sculptor immersed in the natural world, the film examines Dilworth’s clear-eyed respect for the natural world and his tough unsentimental response to nature’s indifference to humankind. The evening will also celebrate the publication of Journeyman – the art of Steve Dilworth, a book by Georgina Coburn and the first comprehensive investigation of the artist’s life and work and include a special screening of Three Sculptors, a The Late Show special from 1991, written and presented by Iain Sinclair and showcasing the work of Steve Dilworth, Brian Catling and Gavin Jones.
Banner image: ‘The Artist’s Chair’ © John Maher
6.00. Doors open
6.30. Iain Sinclair: Introduction to Three Sculptors
6.45. Screening: Three Sculptors (a The Late Show Special, 1991).
7.15. Paul Cox: Introduction to Stuff the World is Made Of.
7.30. Screening: Stuff the World is Made Of (2023).
8.15. Q&A with Steve Dilworth, Paul Cox and Iain Sinclair: Moderated by Victor Rees.
Stuff the World is Made of (60 mins)
Directed by Paul Cox
The film follows the creation and construction of a number of Steve Dilworth’s sculptures from studio to foundry, including one of his most recent works, Guardian, which was commissioned by Hugo Burge, the owner and restorer of Marchmont, an eighteenth-century country house in the Scottish Borders. Other works that feature are Ark, which is now on permanent display at King’s Place in London; Venus Stone, which can be seen in the Marchmont House sculpture park; and Dilworth’s seminal work, the Hanging Figure (1979), now part of the Robert Harris collection in Chicago. The film also reveals the final resting place of the Whalebone Box, which was the centrepiece of Andrew Kötting’s film of the same name.
Three Sculptors (26 mins)
The Late Show (BBC 1991)
Written and presented by Iain Sinclair, the film explores the work of Steve Dilworth, Brian Catling and Gavin Jones. Positioned as a counterpoint to the 1991 Turner Prize, Sinclair proposes that the real energy of contemporary art occurs on the margins of society and that it is magical, contradictory and possessed.