Sculpture Placement Group was founded in Glasgow in 2019, we champion sustainability in the visual arts and create new ways to support artists economically. Our Club brings you on this journey with us and gives you two sculptures from leading contemporary artists.
SPG Club gives its subscribers a unique experience. Members get an insight into how the artworks are made and access to the artists themselves. As an annual member you’ll get two new sculptures commissioned by SPG, and have access to exclusive content about the artist.
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£45 per month, 12 month contract
SPG Club 2022 - Artists
Each year Sculpture Placement Group commission two artists to create domestically scaled sculptures exclusively for its SPG Club members. SPG work with leading contemporary artists, artists that we believe to be making art that investigates crucial themes and pushes the sculpture medium into new territory. These artworks are then produced in limited runs and given to SPG Club members.
The first artist that will be producing work for SPG Club in 2022 is Joseph Buckley. Joseph is originally from Leeds, but now lives and works in New York.
Buckley is interested in the potential of sculpture as a physical thing occupying physical space, its actual presence in front of the viewer demanding to be confronted. The visual and conceptual language of science fiction and fantasy operate as a lens to speak about contemporary class and race politics. Like speculative phantoms of the future that are all too close to our social reality.
photo credit Mischa Haller
plagues, fires, floods
cast plastic, formica, mdf
97 x 25 x 76 inches
32 x 42 x 72 inches
cast plastic, acrylic paint, levelling hardware
photo credit Charlott Markus
photo credit Hesse Flatow
George Slaying Dragon
10 x 8.5 x 7.5 inches
Sara Barker is a sculptor living and working in Glasgow, her delicate glass and metal works create meaning by shuttling between the mediums of sculpture, painting and drawing.
Her fascination with the physicality of art is evident in her approach to making work, Barker says “I like to stretch materials to their most poignant state where they can’t stand any longer and take on a kind of humanness”.
Barker’s more recent work has been large-scale public work, a journey which began with an outdoor sculpture for Jupiter Artland featured below. These sculptures are like a vector between the organic and industrial. The suggested physics are upended, floating above you but contouring like the movement of organic materials in space.
For SPG Club 2022, Barker will be working with a new set of parameters, creating something for the domestic space, the results are sure to be both beautiful and interesting.
Geographies of dust and air moving parts out of night
brass and stainless steel rod, aluminium sheet, autmotive paint, perspex, spray paint
158 x 123.5 x 104 cms
Separation in the Evening (a celestial blossom before the yellow house)
stainless steel, stainless steel rod, brass rod, paint
450 x 400 x 240 inches
The Last of Light (3 needles)
SPG Club 2022
£45 per month
- 2 limited edition sculptures that have been exclusively commissioned for SPG Club.
- The sculptures will be created by leading contemporary artists Joseph Buckley and another artist to be announced later this month.
- The sculptures are domestically-scaled and delivered directly to your door.
- An authentication certificate for each of your sculptures.
- Artist profiles and information about and how each work was made.
- Behind the scenes access to the making of each sculpture.
- Access to live artist talks and events.
- Information and advice on how to care for and display your sculptures in your home.
- Free UK delivery.
SPG Club 2021
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.
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.
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
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.
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.