One Day Sculpture

ONE DAY SCULPTURE is the primary outcome of the inaugural Litmus Curatorial Fellowship, which first engaged leading international curator and writer, Claire Doherty in a six-week research residency at Massey University School of Fine Arts in November 2006. Identified by Litmus as an exemplary figure in her field, Doherty’s invitation to Wellington was premised by the calibre and scope of her ongoing critical engagement with temporary, place-based art commissioning and curatorial methodology. Aligned with the Litmus Research Initiative’s commitment to expanding opportunities for artistic, curatorial and publishing projects beyond gallery space, Doherty’s portfolio – particularly the many exhibition, conference and publication projects she has activated over the past decade – articulated a range of models and approaches of relevance and interest within a New Zealand context.


In addition to facilitating a well attended and critically engaging programme of events in 2006 – including a national public lecture series - the Fellowship enabled Doherty and the Litmus team to discuss, develop and refine an ‘exhibition’ concept which would examine notions of public sculpture, commissioning and temporary, place-sensitive sculptural practice.

Curatorial Statement»


The Litmus Curatorial Fellowship was established in 2006 - with the financial support of the Massey University Foundation with a vision to bring pre-eminent international expertise in the field of temporary place-based art commissioning and curating to Massey University.

Claire Doherty




Claire Doherty Biography


Claire Doherty is a curator and writer based in Bristol. As Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at University of the West of England, Doherty leads Situations, a research and commissioning programme devised to investigate broadening notions of context and place in contemporary art. ( Doherty lectures widely on curating and commissioning beyond the gallery and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Curating at the Royal College of Art, London and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York.


Over the past decade, Doherty has investigated new models of curatorial practice beyond conventional exhibition models at a range of institutions such as Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Spike Island, Bristol and FACT (Foundation of Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool. She initiated Situations in 2003, locating an extensive programme of commissioning within the context of international research, public events, printed and online publishing. She is editor of ‘Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation’ (Black Dog, 2004) and is currently working on ‘Situation’, for the Documents of Contemporary Art series published by Whitechapel and MIT (forthcoming autumn 2009).