Cass campaign goes with the Flo

A campaign by staff and students in The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design to stop the sale of a popular piece of public art is gaining momentum.

Date: 13/01/2013

A campaign by staff and students in The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design to stop the sale of a popular piece of public art is gaining momentum.

Cass Senior Lecturer and artist Patrick Brill (Bob and Roberta Smith) has been at the forefront of a campaign to prevent Tower Hamlets Council selling-off Henry Moore’s famous sculpture, Draped Seated Woman. 

Known as Old Flo, the sculpture was originally sold to the former Greater London Authority at a reduced cost on the understanding that it would be installed in a public location for the benefit of people in London’s East End. 

Bob and Roberta Smith and students from The Cass have worked together to raise awareness of the situation by holding a flash mob and painting a letter sent to the Mayor of Tower Hamlets. 

Now, the Museum of London is collaborating with the artist to boost the profile of the campaign through a number of initiatives. An extensive consultation process will take place around the East End over the upcoming weeks, and Bob and Roberta Smith will produce artwork from the process which will form a new exhibition at the Museum.  

The work reflects London Metropolitan University’s community focus and unswerving commitment to making education and the arts available to all.

Read more about The Cass campaign here.