Installing Artworks beyond the White Cube - Pangaea Sculptors' Centre

By admin, October 21, 2015

Installation of Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London 2015

Workshop for Emerging Artists




the White Cube


Part of the Adventures in Material and Space season in PSC’s 2015 Autumn Programme.


Tuesday 10 November 2015 11am – 5pm
PSC’s Project Space, 45 Gransden Avenue, London E8 3QA

More and more artists are showing in alternative spaces (offices, warehouses, airports, forests, etc.). They’re also making this installation part and parcel of their artworks’ offer. Instead of discrete and portable objects, some of the most exciting artists working today are creating meaningful encounters that are often shaped through how their artworks are installed. There is a brave new world beyond the white cube so why default to the conventions of installing artworks in this context?

Join us for a one-day workshop that knocks the installation of sculpture off the plinth, taking it to another level. Laced with practical guidance and group discussion, it is aimed at those who want to expand how they think about and practice the installation of artworks. Everyone is welcome but the session will especially benefit emerging artists working three-dimensionally, in particular with an interest in placing their practice in a more critical and technical platform whereby nothing is impossible.

Bring work with you to install—or bring your ideas for a project and get expert advice on how to exhibit and install it from PSC’s in-house technician, Leila Alice Smith.

Participants must:

  • Bring an artwork to install or an idea to workshop
  • Be comfortable using power tools
  • Be over 18
  • Dress warmly

The workshop is limited to 15 spaces. A £20 deposit will be taken from each sign-up, which will be returned at the end of the session. Book your space now to avoid disappointment. Sign up by emailing

In line with PSC’s belief in making the making visible, this workshop will take place in the studio/workshop space of the artists on our residency.

More about PSC’s 2015 Artists-in-residence Programme.

About Leila Alice Smith: As well as being a practicing sculptor, Leila has worked as a technician at Central Saint Martins for over two years. She has expert experience as a gallery technician and also works as a freelance fabricator. Across these practices, she has established a reputation for engaging and supporting emerging artists to realise ambitious three-dimensional projects.

From her experience of working with BA students, specifically when installing for their degree shows, Leila has observed that often artists can feel restricted by their lack of technical know-how. This limits their understanding of all the options available to them when deciding on how to install and take artworks forward. Leila is keen to encourage emerging practitioners to move beyond the obvious conventions of a white cube gallery hang, such as using a plinth, or suspending from a rope attached to the ceiling, etc.