Last Updated on April 23, 2021 by Kingston Society

Sculpture Trail – Open call for artists

A new sculpture trail to Kingston town centre is being organised through a partnership of the Canbury Community Trust, Kingston Council, Kingston First and Kingston University. As Kingston Society we have a record of promoting public art in our Borough and it is in line with our objectives as contributing to the Borough’s environmental design. A member of the Kingston Society will join this small working group to contribute ideas and  encourage people to engage with this positive initiative.

Artists from Kingston and beyond are invited to submit ideas for a contemporary sculpture which will form part of a new trail to open in the Summer of 2021. One of the six sculptures will become a permanent artwork in the town centre. This will be chosen by residents and visitors who will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite sculpture. The winning artist will receive £10,000 prize money. Submissions close on 30 April 2021. For more info click here

New art for the town centre

The trail will be located within Kingston town centre up to Canbury Gardens, and will be made up of six new sculpture trail artworks, incorporating existing publicly sited artworks including David Mach’s iconic red phone box sculpture ‘Out of Order’ (1989), Carole Hodgson FRSS’s wall-based sculpture in the underground car park (1986) and Mat Collishaw’s new eleven metre long three channel video installation ‘Echolocation’.

One of the six sculptures will become a permanent artwork in the town centre. This will be chosen by residents and visitors who will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite sculpture. The winning artist will receive £10,000 prize money.

Call for artist entries

Anyone is invited to submit an entry, with submissions open to professional and part-time artists. Entries from Kingston University, the Royal Society of Sculptors and our many talented Kingston-based artists are welcomed.

Interested artists are invited to put forward a proposal for a place on the trail, which might be either a free-standing sculpture or an artwork fabricated in situ. To submit your application, please email it to sculpturetrail@kingstonfirst.co.uk. Find more information and criteria for shortlisting by clicking the button below.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 30 April.

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