First Plinth: Public Art Award 2021 is designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. The winning sculptor is awarded £15,000 to produce a large-scale sculpture for the sculpture terrace at Dora House before moving to a second site at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the First Plinth: Public Art Award 2021:

-    Marco Bizzarri GBA
-    Susie Olczak MRSS and Zoe Schoenherra
-    Tim Ellis MRSS
-    Simon Linington
-    Polly Morgan 

Congratulations to our shortlisted artists and many thanks to everyone who applied. The final selection meeting will be held on Saturday 24 April, coinciding with International Sculpture Day!

About the prize

This biennial award is open to any artist working in three dimensions, providing a unique and rare opportunity for the winner to build a track record in the competitive arena of public art.

The fabrication of the winning work is supported by the award, with the winner receiving mentoring from a team of experienced professionals – engineers, consultants and artists – to ensure the concept is delivered to the exacting standards required of work to be installed in public spaces.

This award is generously supported by the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation

Submissions for the 2021/22 award are now closed.

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