Acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley at the Royal Ontario Museum on Wednesday!

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 Globe and Mail. In his lecture entitled “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.

UK 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 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 Documenta 8 in 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 at $28 for general admission, $25 for members, and $20 for students, and can be purchased online at or by calling 416.586.8000. This Eva Holtby Lecture is supported through the generosity of the Holtby Family.

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.

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