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. 

2019/20 winner: Fabio Lattanzi Antinori

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

The Brief

First Plinth: Public Art Award is designed to closely replicate the public art commissioning procedure. The award’s aim is to challenge, yet support the sculptor through this process. Like most public art commissions there is a theme and therefore value will be attributed to a well-considered approach to the theme of Resolve. Open to interpretation and approach, we hope this theme encourages applicants to push the boundaries of their practice.

The winner of First Plinth: Public Art Award will create an innovative work for the sculpture terrace at Dora House to be shown in 2022, before moving to a second site at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

How To Apply

To apply please visit the following link:

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 15 February 2021. Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive feedback will not be given at this stage. Notification of all results will be sent by email 1 March 2021.

Entry fees are £22.50 for RSS members and £32.50 for non RSS members.

Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.