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 a high profile public space.

This year’s winner is Rupert Norfolk.

He created Playground - a reinvention and fusion of plastic garden toys into one abstract form for the Society’s sculpture terrace. A second new work, National Libraries, also showed in our salon gallery in spring 2018.

To find out more about Rupert Norfolk’s practice and the making of these new sculptures watch this short film:

About the prize

The 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.

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