Creative Time presents Hew Locke

Creative Time presents Hew Locke

Contact: Jesse Bucher,


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Roanoke College is partnering with Creative Time, an internationally renowned nonprofit arts organization, to plan the construction of a permanent memorial on campus through the Center for Studying Structures of Race Memorial and Monuments project. Creative Time’s mission-driven work helps artists contribute to central issues of our times. Through this partnership, Creative Time will help develop a comprehensive plan to honor and recognize, on campus, the role of enslaved people in the history of the College and greater Southwest Virginia.  This partnership is possible thanks to the generosity of Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo ’78, a member of the Roanoke College Board of Trustees. This webinar features artist and author, Charles Gaines of Los Angeles, Ca.

Sponsored by the Center for Studying Structures of Race, the Memorials, Monuments & Memory Lecture Series brings to campus a number of artists, architects, and scholars whose work addresses the role of monuments and memorials in society. Presented in tandem with the spring INQ 300 capstone course by the same name, the Memorials, Monuments & Memory Lecture Series invites students and the public to examine the intersection of art, public memory, and history. The speaking series precedes planning for the school's commission of a new memorial commemorating the enslaved persons who built the College and contributed to the wider region

Hew Locke RA is a Guyanese-British sculptor and contemporary artist. Born in Edinburgh in 1959, he spent his formative years (1966-80) in Guyana before returning to the UK with an ambition to study art.

 Locke explores the visual language of power, how different nations fashion their identities through visual symbols of authority, and how these representations are altered by the passage of time. These explorations have led Locke to a wide range of subject matters, imagery and media, assembling sources across time and space in his deeply layered artworks.  Coats-of-arms, public statuary, heroic portraiture, trophies, weaponry, shipping and the costumes and regalia of state are some of the things appropriated in Locke's sculptures, wall-hangings, installations and photographs.

In March this year his Duveen Hall Commission for Tate Britain, The Procession, was unveiled to great praise, and in September his work Gilt was unveiled as the Façade Commission for The Metropolitan Museum in New York. During this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Locke’s temporary re-dressing of the historic statue of Queen Victoria, Foreign Exchange, rose over the main square, depicting a boat carrying five smaller replica statues of Victoria, wearing helmets, reminiscent of that worn by Britannia and medals signifying battles in the history of the British Empire.  His public sculptures include The Jurors, permanently sited at Runnymede to commemorate 800 years of the Magna Carta.  Locke is regularly featured with solo presentations in international exhibitions and Biennales globally, including in China, India, the Americas and Europe.

Additional Participants:
Dr. Jesse Bucher, Roanoke College
Justine Ludwig, Creative Time

The Memorials, Monuments & Memory Lecture Series is co-presented by the Center for Studying Structures of Race and acclaimed public art organization Creative Time.