A 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 submitted ideas for a contemporary sculpture to form part of the trail, set to open in August 2021. Sculptures by six winning artists have now been selected by a panel, chaired by internationally renowned artist David Mach RA. Read on to find out more about the artists and see the new public art coming to the town centre this summer.

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 RA’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 new 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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“Seven exciting new artworks will be installed in the town centre this summer, contributing to Kingston’s strong and varied offer and encouraging visitors to come and enjoy the trail. The incredible legacy of this project will be a permanent sculpture, as voted on by residents of Kingston, sited in the town to be appreciated by generations to come.”

– Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive Kingston First

“It’s great to see Kingston still pursuing Public Art for its streets. A fantastic opportunity for the artists involved and very enjoyable to meet with the other judges to pick out our favourites.”

– David Mach RA, artist and creator of ‘Out of Order’ 1989

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Selection panel

A selection panel, chaired by David Mach RA, met at the end of May to decide on the winning sculptures. The panel 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. 

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. 

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“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

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7 winning sculptures

  • ‘Kingston Spinning Sculpture’ by Roger Clarke MRSS – A colourful sculpture that invites viewers to interact by spinning it
  • ‘AANGEL’ by David Begbie MRSS – An androgynous angel figure, acting as a ‘guardian’ or benevolent presence looking over Kingston
  • ‘Time and Tide’ by Marigold Hodgkinson FRSS – A curved, mirrored sculpture which shifts gently in the wind reflecting light and it’s continuously changing surroundings
  • ‘The Kiss’ by Alex R T Davies MRSS – Part of a series of sculptures titled ‘Unwanted Monuments’, two bronze street cones ‘kiss’ inspired by Rodin and Constantin Brâncuși’s piece of the same name, conveying the delicate intimacy of the subject with ordinary objects with no gender
  • ‘Party Animal’ by Alex R T Davies MRSS – From Davies’ same series ‘Unwanted Monuments’, a bronze goat sculpture stands proudly with a street cone on its back, inviting the viewer to touch and even sit on the piece
  • ‘Mountain’ by Stefan Jovanović & Jack Hardya large interactive steel sculpture designed as a symbolic fireplace for gathering, an offering and an invitation to the folks of Kingston to touch and listen to, in sun, wind and rain
  • ‘The Juggernaut of Nought’ by Richard Trupp MRSS – a large, industrial wedge-shaped sculpture celebrating the industrial heritage of the Thames riverbank and creating a moment of pause in its surroundings
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“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 Kingston Sculpture Trail reinforces the Council’s commitment to supporting arts and culture as an integral part of our wider economic recovery. We are delighted to be part of this innovative project connected with so many internationally renowned artists. To be able to showcase their work here in Kingston, in some of our wonderful public spaces, shines a light on all that the town centre and our stunning riverside has to offer residents and visitors alike.”

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

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