USUK IRON Sculpture Symposium was founded in 1996 by British American Sculptor Coral Penelope Lambert and ran consecutively between the UK and USA up until 2012.
USUK IRON facilitated an international exchange of ideas by bringing artists together across disciplines and cultural borders for an intense residential period. Many of the artists participating had not worked in cast iron before and the program facilitated experimentation for those that had.
Lambert’s idea was to provide a platform outside of academia that pushed the boundaries of contemporary cast iron sculpture. A focused dialogue between artists, curators, historians and the host site was created over the course of the 10 day Symposium. Artists exchanged ideas, made new work and examined the nature of Iron as a material via discussions, presentations, sculpture exhibitions, demonstrations, mold making, and iron pouring production and performance. Each Symposium selected 12 artists from an International pool, now over 100 artists have participated in the USUK IRON Sculpture Symposium from the UK including England, Wales, Scotland and the USA, as well as Germany, Tasmania, Africa, and France.
USUK Founding Director Coral Penelope Lambert
Laurence Edwards YEW TREE + BUTLEY MILLS
Harvey Hood BERLLANDERI
George Beasley SSW
John Hock FRANCONIA
Paul Higham + Coral Lambert New Orleans Sculpture Lab
Anthony Cafritz SAW
‘Mothra’ Coral Lambert
‘U-Suk’ 1997 US/UK built at the 1st Symposium
‘Tara’ Coral Lambert
‘Sugi’ Sugi Akagowa
‘Nige’ Steve Coles
‘SSW’ Eden Jolly