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 are being invited to submit ideas for a contemporary sculpture which will form part of the trail, set to open in August 2021.

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) and Carole Hodgson FRSS’s wall-based sculpture in the underground car park (1986).

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

Anyone is invited to submit an entry, with submissions open to professional and part-time artists. Entries from Kingston University, the Royal Society of Sculptors and our many talented Kingston-based artists are welcomed.

Interested artists are invited to put forward a proposal for a place on the trail, which might be either a free-standing sculpture or an artwork fabricated in situ. To submit your application, please email it to Find more information and criteria for shortlisting by clicking the button below.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 30 April.

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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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Opportunities for young people

All entries will be considered by a selection panel, which will include two local students who have been selected to join the panel.

Schools, Colleges, Youth Services or creative organisations in Kingston can either nominate students, or students can apply direct by sending a short statement (up to 200 words) on why they should represent the voice of young people in Kingston on the committee to: To apply or for more information, please download the application form below.

The deadline for applications is Friday 30 April.  

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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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