12.30 - 1.30pm (UK time)

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Behind the Studio Doors is an ongoing programme of talks with members of the Royal Society of Sculptors, chaired by curator and writer Isabel de Vasconcellos. For this new series, we are once again showcasing our members' studios around the world.


Polo Bourieau MRSS is an ambidextrous sculptor, polyglot place maker and vice versa.

'By formation, inclination and ability, I am focusing a great measure of my creative effort to re-kindle the natural relationship between sculpture and architecture on large site-specific commissions.

From the Neolithic to Noguchi’s gardens, monumental presence confronts and create dialogue in the public realm. It interacts with the community and contributes to our concept of individuality before to define then our collective memories.

As a Frenchman living in Hong Kong, grandson of a Spaniard refugee, father of an Italian son, and married to an English woman, I am fascinated about memories and the principle of identities; the way they’ve been built, the way they function and the place they occupy in our intent to regenerate the public agora in our cities today.'

Follow Polo on Instagram at @polobourieau

Isabel de Vasconcellos is an independent curator and cultural producer, with extensive experience collaborating with artists and visual arts organisations to realise world-class public commissions and exhibitions. She writes on contemporary art, photography and design, and is the author of Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World. Follow Isabel on Twitter at @sliverofice or Instagram at @i_de_v