First Plinth: Public Art Award (formerly FIRST@108: Public Art Award) is designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. The winning sculptor is awarded £10,000 towards the cost of producing a large-scale sculpture which will be exhibited in 2020 on our sculpture terrace before moving to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the summer months.
About the prize
The 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 winner is awarded £10,000 towards the cost of producing a large-scale site-specific sculpture or installation for the Society’s sculpture terrace. Over the following months 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.
Finalists for 2019/20
The five shortlisted finalists with the maquettes they created to support their submissions.
how to apply
Deadline for applications are now closed and will re-open in 2020.
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This award is generously supported by the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation