MEDIA RELEASE: Antony Gormley delivers the annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture






      Antony Gormley delivers the annual

Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture


Exclusive ROM engagement welcomes internationally acclaimed British sculptor

as he explores Art as Survival in a time of global climate change

(Toronto, Ontario – November 7, 2013)  ROM Contemporary Culture presents the eighth annual Eva Holtby Lecture on November 20, 2013, moderated by art critic and journalist Sarah Milroy, former editor of Canadian Art magazine, and contributor for the National Post and Globe and Mail. In Art as Survival, London born sculptor, Antony Gormley will explore the central theme of art and creativity in human life. Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public art works, including the Angel of the North that investigate the relationship between the human body and space. The artist will look at his own work and historical objects in consideration of art as a tool for survival in a time of global climate change.

Antony Gormley

U.K. artist Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950. He has developed the potential opened up by sculpture since the 1960s through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human being stands in relation to nature and the cosmos.  Gormley continually strives to identify the space of art as a space of becoming; in which new behaviours, thoughts and feelings can arise.

Gormley has had a number of solo shows at venues including the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Hayward Gallery, London; Malmö Konsthall; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen. Major public works include the Angel of the North(Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England) and Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands). He has also participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale and the Documenta 8, Kassel Germany. Gormley won the Turner Prize in 1994 and was made an Officer of the British Empire in 1997. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and since 2007 a British Museum Trustee.

The Eva Holtby lecture presented by Antony Gormley at the ROM takes place in conjunction with Cape Farewell’s Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + Festival, a four-month program of satellite events, including music, performing arts, talks and special events. In 2005, Gormley accompanied Cape Farewell on its third arctic fieldwork expedition to Tempelfjorden, just north of the 79th parallel.


Tickets for the Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture are now on sale and priced $28 general admission, $25 members and $20 students and can be purchased online at

This Eva Holtby Lecture is supported through the generosity of the Holtby Family.

 The Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture

An annual ROM program highlight, the Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture brings powerful voices to the Museum to discuss provocative and engaging contemporary ideas. The Eva Holtby Lecture has grown to become a highly-anticipated early event, focusing on relevant cultural issues of international scope and attracting the world’s most fascinating speakers.

ROM Contemporary Culture

Carbon 14: Climate is Culture continues on ROM Contemporary Culture’s 2013/14 theme of Climate Change (#ROMClimate). ROM Contemporary Culture has partnered with ROM Biodiversity to encourage conversation and provide insight on this contemporary issue. This year, ROM Contemporary Culture looks at the relationship between nature and culture through the lens of climate change and poses the questions:  How does the landscape change a culture? How does culture change a landscape? 




The Royal Ontario Museum is an agency of the Government of Ontario.  Opened in 1914, Canada’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures has more than six million objects in its collections and galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science. The ROM is the largest field research institution in the country, and a world leader in research areas from biodiversity, palaeontology, and earth sciences to archaeology, ethnology and visual culture – originating new information towards a global understanding of historical and modern change in culture and environment.

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Annual Eva Holtby Lecture Antony Gormley media release.pdf

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