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Sculpture Placement Group was founded in Glasgow in 2019, we’re changing the way people commission, collect and engage with sculpture. We champion sustainability in the visual arts and create innovative economic models to support artists.

SPG Club is a new way to buy sculptures from leading contemporary artists. Collecting art isn’t easily accessible for most people, and it’s often prohibitively expense. Our unique crowdfunding approach to art production makes collecting artwork more affordable.

SPG Club offers a unique subscriber experience. Our open and discursive membership model gives subscribers an exclusive insight into the art making process. As a member you’ll get to speak to the artist, and access exclusive content about them and their work.

How SPG Club works!

I really like the Members' Area - it's been really helpful and interesting throughout. I love seeing the recommendations and really appreciate that there is a hub to go back to to watch missed events.

Kirsty, SPG Club 2021 Member

We love the first sculpture. It was a delight to open, a surprising form and it links brilliantly with the event and screening we attended, which give it an extra resonance for us

Anonymous, SPG Club 2021 Member

SPG Club 2022 - Artists

#1

Joseph Buckley

ARTIST WEBSITE

“Joseph Buckley’s work is informed by grief and postcolonialism, manifesting in a range of forms including sculpture, video, and writing. Using a myriad of techniques, these themes are alternately reified or obfuscated–mobilized to rhyme or repel each other. Central to his work is the use of “non-materials” (ideas, processes, people), manipulated in manners that mimic the archetypal languages and processes of sculpture. This lends itself to an ongoing critique and consideration of the mechanics of objectification, and the obverse of objectification: dehumanization. Buckley imports tropes and frameworks from science fiction and fantasy and appropriates aspects of these genres and canons in order to produce work that speaks, in a speculative vernacular, to real world conditions.”– ISCP NYC

Joseph Buckley studied at Leeds College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Yale School of Art. 

Selected Solo
2020 Letter From The Home Office, Lock Up International, London, UK.
Hateful Stool, Disturb The Neighbors, New York City, USA.
Cousin Table, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York City, USA.
2018 Traitor Muscle, Art in General, New York City, USA.
2017 Brotherhood Tapestry, The Tetley, Leeds, UK.

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Selected works

photo credit Mischa Haller

plagues, fires, floods

2021
cast plastic, formica, mdf
97 x 25 x 76 inches

Joseph Buckley’s work brings a formidable knowledge of science fictional premises, traumas and catastrophes into uncomfortable proximity with contemporary class and race politics. Through a critical sculptural practise, he foregrounds the violence of fabrication as an analogue for the social reproduction of inequality, bigotry, and ecological collapse. His phalanx of disturbingly hollow martial entities plagues, fires, floods (2021), draws upon the vernacular of private security companies, riot cops, and classical armouries to create a composite image of a future enemy whose ancestors are, horrifically, already in our midst.

Orcish Forming
2021 32 x 42 x 72 inches cast plastic, acrylic paint, levelling hardware

Buckley promotes the Orc from an evil role to that of surplus labor employed as modular furniture components, perniciously extra.

photo credit Charlott Markus

photo credit Hesse Flatow

George Slaying Dragon
2020 cast plastic 10 x 8.5 x 7.5 inches

George Slaying Dragon recasts England’s patron saint as an enslaved individual, rebelling, and in the process of defeating a snarling white dragon representing perhaps, the capitalist slaver, sending it to its death beneath the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

#2

Artist TBA - 15th December 2021

Sculpture Placement Group will be unveiling the second artist that will be part of SPG Club 2022 later in December. 

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SPG Club 2021 - Artists

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Andy Holden

Andy tireless practice involves sculpture, installation, painting, pop music, performance, animation and multi-screen-video. He also makes music with his band the Brubby Mitts and runs his own gallery, Ex-Baldesarre in Bedford. His work has been shown at Kettles Yard, Tate Britain, the Venice Biennale and Spike Island.

For SPG Club, Andy riffed on his animated avatar popularised in his Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape film and Structure of Feeling. The avatar has become a digital and physical composite, a vehicle to explore how we perceive and interpret the world. Five sculptural versions of this avatar were produced for SPG Club 2021 #1. 

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Holly Hendry

Holly’s work looks at what lies beneath the surface, often embedding waste products that don’t break down and can be rediscovered during excavation processes. Casting is central to her large site responsive sculptures. She works with a range of materials from classical sculptural materials like jesmonite and silicone, to the everyday like lipstick and soap. 

Hendry’s work has been shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Biennale de Lyon, Selfridges Flagship Store and the Liverpool Biennial. 

We’re very excited to see what Holly will produce on a domestic scale, as a highly skilled artist that’s often experimenting with materials, the results are sure to be exciting. 

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Our social impact

For every 10 subscribers we donate a sculpture to a partner charity organisation whose aims align with ours. We organise workshops, and other interactive events based on the sculptures and the process involved in making them. This is part of our wider objective to place sculptures at the centre of the wider community.

Govanhill Housing Association

Govanhill Housing Association, a community-controlled social landlord operating in Glasgow. Registered in 1974, the Association’s roots lie in Glasgow’s policy of large-scale demolitions of slum housing from the late 1950s/1960s onwards. This ushered in a new breed of housing associations – Govanhill among them. Led by local residents, these housing associations were to become renewal agents in working class communities throughout Glasgow and a shining example of people power in action.

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust
Grampian Hospital Arts Trust- is an award winning charity that enhances the well-being of everyone who spends time in NHS Grampian or its associated Health Care and Social facilities by providing access to quality arts experiences. Access to such art can significantly improve the well-being and mental health of those experiences challenges within their lives.
Kirktonholme Primary School

Kirktonholme Primary School is located in East Kilbride, Scotland. Teachers and pupils have a great interest in engaging with arts activities and are very pro-active in seeking out opportunities to do so. The school’s motto is inspiring for all attending the school, HEART which stands for Happiness, excellence, achievement, respect and teamwork.

HMP & Young Offenders Grampian

HMP Grampian YOI- is a Young Offenders Institute in Peterhead in the northeast of Scotland. 

About Us

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Sculpture Placement Group

We’re a community interest company, working towards being leaders in sustainable practice within the visual arts. Our projects focus on making the visual arts environmentally and financially sustainable, and reaching diverse audiences by bringing art into workplaces, homes and local communities. Some of our active projects include: 

SPG Loans: A flagship project that matches artworks that have been languishing in storage to new custodians from the private and public sector. Placing contemporary sculpture into different contexts and to new audiences. 

SPG Club: A contemporary art subscription scheme that gives its members a chance to collect domestically-scaled artworks from leading contemporary artists. The Club allows a more crowdfunded approach to the production of contemporary art that eschews some of the cultural or economic barriers between an audience and artist.   

Circular Arts Network: Integrating more sustainable practises in the creation of new artworks and other creative projects is impacted by our circular economy tool CAN. CAN allows users to share and exchange materials and resources. It finds partnerships with construction companies and extends the network of sharing to strengthen the circular economy within the creative industries.