Artists sought for inaugural Liverpool Sculpture Prize

Posted on 9 February 2024
By Khyle Medany
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Artists are being invited to apply for a new Liverpool Sculpture Prize, which would see their work displayed for twelve months with a prize fee of £2500.

Liverpool Sculpture Prize, created and managed by Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool Parish Church, is open to any sculptor working and living in the UK. The call for entries opens on Thursday 8 February and is open until 8 April 2024. A judging panel, featuring people from within the arts, business and creative communities, will decide the winning entry, which will be unveiled to the public in June 2024.

The work will be displayed at Liverpool Parish Church, either on the plinth on Chapel Street, or in the church gardens overlooking Liverpool’s waterfront. The plinth was the site of Brian Burgess’s ‘Christ on a Donkey’ and The Liverpool Plinth from 2018 – 2023. In the gardens at Liverpool Parish Church, various works have also been installed including Ranti Bam as part of Liverpool Biennial.

Bill Addy, CEO of Liverpool BID Company says,

“We have a long running commitment to public art and it is a vital ingredient in everyday life in Liverpool. We wanted to develop a sustainable prize that would be open to artists across the country and we are excited to see the submissions we receive. We are looking for artwork that is thought provoking, animating and that will catch the eye of those who walk past. This is a high profile location with tourists, office workers, residents and visitors on its doorstep”.

Rector of Liverpool Revd Canon Dr Crispin Pailing is from Liverpool Parish Church,

“Our ambition with the Liverpool Sculpture Prize is that it attracts artists both young and old to submit their work. We know that the opportunities for exhibition for artists, particularly sculptors, are increasingly few and far between, especially in the public realm. This prize is designed to provide real support and ambition to promote artists who need it”.

Applications are open now until 8 April