Image: Sophie Ryder in the studio, 2017 © Anne-Katrin Purkiss

Join us for a live virtual talk in sculptor Sophie Ryder’s quiet drawing studio, followed by an informal Q&A with the sculptor.

Sophie Ryder's world is one of animals and mystical creatures constructed from wet plaster, old machine parts, scavenged toys, tangled wire, and torn scraps of paper. Her hybrid beings are steeped in mythology and cultural symbolism. They are tender and self-aware, resonating on an immediate and human level.

Ryder is renowned for developing the Lady-Hare, a woman with the head of a hare, as a counterpart to the Minotaur of Greek Mythology. Her anthropomorphic characters are used both to explore the human condition and as a metaphor for Ryder's own feelings. Indeed, Lady-Hare's body is based on Ryder's own, imbued with a personal significance that transcends the limitations of the autobiographical.

Ryder was the youngest student after JMW Turner to be admitted to the Royal Academy of Arts in London. After completing her studies Ryder was invited to be Artist in Residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Since graduating in 1986, Ryder has shown her work all over the world including major outdoor sculpture exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK; Blickachsen, Germany; Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park, USA; Pilane, Sweden and Salisbury Cathedral, UK.

She is represented by Hignell Gallery, specialising in twentieth-century and contemporary sculpture for the interior and exterior in the heart of Mayfair.

You will be invited to pose questions directly to Sophie about her inspiration, training, and plans for the future.

This talk is exclusively free for Lightbox Exhibition Circle, Supporters, Anniversary Angels, and Members.

Wed 17 March 2021, 7.00pm – 8.00pm 
£10 Adults • Free Lightbox Members

The talk will be hosted on Zoom and will be followed by a Q&A. You will be able to check your connection from 6.30pm onwards on the day of the talk.