A newly launched project looking to bring an exciting new sculpture trail to Kingston town centre is being organised through a partnership of the Canbury Community Trust, Kingston Council, Kingston First and Kingston University.

Artists from Kingston and beyond have been invited to submit ideas for a contemporary sculpture which will form part of the trail, set to open in August 2021. Six winning sculptures will be selected by a panel, chaired by internationally renowned artist David Mach RA.

New art for the town centre

The trail will be located within Kingston town centre up to Canbury Gardens, and will be made up of six new sculpture trail artworks, incorporating existing publicly sited artworks including David Mach’s iconic red phone box sculpture ‘Out of Order’ (1989), Carole Hodgson FRSS’s wall-based sculpture in the underground car park (1986) and Mat Collishaw’s new eleven metre long three channel video installation ‘Echolocation’.

One of the six sculptures will become a permanent artwork in the town centre. This will be chosen by residents and visitors who will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite sculpture. The winning artist will receive £10,000 prize money.

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“This exciting, collaborative project builds on our shared vision for Kingston town centre’s streets and spaces, bringing new artwork to the public realm. This is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work, and for visitors to discover a wealth of public art, both old and new, in our town centre.”

– Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive Kingston First

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Call for artist entries

The closing date for artist entries has now passed.

Submissions were open to professional and part-time artists, with entries from Kingston University, the Royal Society of Sculptors and our many talented Kingston-based artists welcomed.

The artist entries will now be considered by our selection panel, headed up by David Mach RA. The date for the winning artists to be announced is TBC.

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“Kingston Sculpture Trail seeks to reinforce and add to its public artworks legacy by siting six contemporary artworks, selected from a national competition. Kingston residents and the local community will be invited to vote for their favourite artwork, which will be permanently sited in the town for everyone to enjoy.”

– Paul Stafford, elected member of The Royal Society of Sculptors and Honorary Fellow of Kingston University

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Young people participation

All entries will be considered by a selection panel, chaired by David Mach RA, creator of the red telephone boxes installation on Old London Road.

The panel will also include two local students interested in art and design; a fantastic opportunity and invaluable for university applications and CVs. The application closing date has now passed and the students have been selected. 

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“Kingston School of Art is delighted to be partnering on the development of this exciting project that will see artworks displayed publicly for the enjoyment of the whole community. We hope this initiative will help draw visitors from further afield to see all that Kingston has to offer.”

– Mandy Ure, Dean at Kingston School of Art

“Kingston is a vibrant and diverse borough, with a long history and strong cultural and community heritage. This is an exciting, rare and unique opportunity and we hope that a lot of local artists will submit entries.”

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

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