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An Insistence on Freedom: A Celebration of Siegfried Charoux’s Life & Work

16 May 2021 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


‘The Reader’ and ’The Book Reader, 1960. Charoux preparing for RA Summer exhibition, attributed to Keystone Press © Charoux-Archive, LANGENZERSDORF MUSEUM

Hampstead Garden Suburb


A talk by Dr. Melanie Veasey

This unique event will be held in émigré sculptor Siegfried Charoux’s former studio in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11, which has only rarely been opened to the public since his death in 1967.

The session will explore Charoux’s commitment to artistic and civil liberties. In the first part the current owners and custodians of the studio will share the story of their discovery of the building and its history, and their careful restoration of it, influenced by the spirit of place and by Charoux’s philosophy. Afterwards, Dr Melanie Veasey will explore Charoux’s Austrian secessionist identity, cultural influences and émigré encounters and how, post-war, his British residency and citizenship led to the development of his revolutionary sculpture practice and politically-inspired iconic British public sculptures, amongst these The Islanders exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Melanie Veasey is an art historian, studying twentieth-century art and visual culture in Britain. She is particularly interested in figurative sculpture and the diversification of public patronage of the arts. Melanie holds a PhD in Art History, the title of her thesis was ‘Reforming Academicians’, Sculptors of the Royal Academy of Arts, c.1948-1959. (2018, University of Loughborough).

There will also by a talk by Gregor-Anatol Bockstefl, custodian of The Estate of Siegfried Charoux at the Langenzersdorf Museum, Lower Austria.


This event was originally planned for 15th March but due to Coronavirus situation was postponed until 11th October. Regrettably, and perhaps inevitably, due to the continued dynamic situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, we have disappointingly had to take the decision to once again postpone this event until Sunday 16th May 2021.


Refreshments will be served.
The venue has disabled access. Street parking is available.
The nearest Tube station is Golders Green.


Temple Fortune Hill
London, NW11 7XN United Kingdom + Google Map