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Launched in August, Kingston Sculpture Trail brings seven exciting new public artworks by world-class artists to the town centre. Check out a trail map, find out about the artists and their works and vote for your favourite sculpture.

The sculpture with the most votes at the end of the trail will become a permanent addition in the town centre.

You can start the trail wherever you like. 

There are seven new contemporary sculptures to discover across the town centre and Canbury Gardens. The blue markers on the map show where they can be found.

The trail also incorporates existing public artworks, including David Mach RA’s iconic tumbling telephone boxes on Old London Road (Out of Order 1989) and Mat Collishaw’s eleven-metre outdoor projection Echolocation (2021). Check the white markers to visit these as you enjoy the trail.

Click here to download a printable trail map.

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Earlier this year, an open call invited artists from Kingston and beyond to submit an entry for the trail. The winning sculptures were chosen by a selection panel, chaired by renowned international artist David Mach RA (Out of Order, 1989). The panel also included Paul Stafford FRSS Hon Fellow KU, Mayor of Kingston Sushila Abraham, KU School of Art lecturer Angela Ford and two local students from Kingston Academy and Tiffin Girls School.

“We’re on the streets now and the public has their chance to express their opinion and pick out their favourite sculpture. We, the judges, have done our bit, we’ve made our decisions, now the sculptures are on site let’s see what the audience makes of it all. Congratulations to Kingston on running a smooth operation, a good selection of proposals, a good selection of judges including two local students whose decision making I thought was particularly important.”

– David Mach RA, Artist

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Swipe across to take a look at the seven sculptures selected for the trail: 

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite sculpture! The winning artwork will become a permanent addition to the town centre and the artist will receive £10,000 prize money. Click the button below to open the voting survey.  

“Seven exciting new artworks by world-class artists have been installed in Kingston, contributing to its strong and varied offer and creating connection between the town centre, riverside and Canbury Gardens. The vote is now open for residents and visitors of the trail to choose their favourite sculpture, an incredible legacy from the trail which will remain a permanent feature in the town to be enjoyed for many years to come.”

– Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive Kingston First

“As an artist, educator and resident of Kingston for over 30 years, I am very proud of our town and how it has grown in confidence and developed, whilst supporting culture and the arts. I hope that our Kingston Sculpture Trail will add to the experience of both residents and visitors and enhance their enjoyment of the riverside and town centre. We are fortunate in that we have attracted interest from extremely high quality, world class artists, who want to be a part of our continuing story. I hope everyone enjoys these new artworks as much as we have enjoyed selecting them.”

– Paul Stafford, FRSS and Honorary Fellow of Kingston University

Five of the seven winning artists are members of the Royal Society of Sculptors. 

“The launch of Kingston Sculpture Trail features seven wonderful new artworks that will encourage residents and visitors to come and enjoy the trail in the town centre. We are so excited to be part of this innovative project that supports arts and culture as an integral part of our wider economic recovery.”

– Councillor Rebekah Moll, Portfolio Holder for Culture at Kingston Council

“I’m delighted that Kingston School of Art and Kingston University have been able to support this exciting project for the borough, and know that these commissions will be great additions to the town centre. The chosen sculptures will engage visitors through their story-telling, creativity and playfulness to encourage participation in their environment and offer a moment for reflection.”

– Mandy Ure, Dean at Kingston School of Art

The trail has been organised through a partnership of the Canbury Community Trust, Kingston Council, Kingston First and Kingston University.

All of the trail’s branding and visual identity (including the logo, background and all supporting collateral) was created by three talented Kingston University students; Imogen Ashby, Esdras Da Costa and Sophie Smith. On behalf of the sculpture trail partners we would like to thank them for all their hard work and fantastic creative ideas throughout this process.

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