University of Edinburgh
Talbot Rice Gallery

Talbot Rice Gallery is proud to present the first public lecture in Scotland by writer and journalist Charlotte Higgins.

Sandbagged Sculpture: Ukrainian Public Art in a Time of War
The public sculptures of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities are, for the large part, sandbagged, boarded up, and protected from Russian missiles. Despite, or even because of, this invisibility – their muffled look giving them a distinctive aesthetic presence – they tell a fascinating story of shifting historical narratives and an often violent, hard-to-digest past. At the same time, new war memorials are being erected and, in Russian-occupied areas, Ukrainian memorials unceremoniously ripped down. Charlotte Higgins who has reported from Kyiv, reflects on how public sculpture in a time of invasion provides a mirror for the conflict itself.

  • 5pm: Exhibition Private View
  • 6pm: Lecture
  • 7pm: Drinks Reception

Charlotte Higgins is the chief culture writer of the Guardian. She writes a regular column for the Opinion pages; produces articles for the Long Read section; and contributes arts features, book reviews and magazine articles.As an author, most of her books are about the classical world. Her most recent, Greek Myths, with illustrations by Chris Ofili, was shortlisted for the Waterstones book of the year 2021.

Booking is required, but tickets are free.


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Charlotte Higgins | Ukrainian Public Art in a Time of War
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