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City of Sculpture

Submit a sculpture nomination, and see locations of our current sculptures.

Published: 4 January 2021

Last updated: 26 January 2021

Please make sure you have read our COVID-19 events and filming guidance carefully, before you apply.

City of Sculpture brings contemporary and traditional sculpture to iconic outdoor locations across the city in collaboration with artists and galleries from London and across the world. 

All sculptures must apply for planning permission and artists exhibit at their own expense. 

Current sculptures and locations

'Crawling' Lady Hare, Sophie Ryder
Location: Berkeley Square Gardens

The Orphans, Gille and Marc
21 life-size bronze elephants
Location: Marble Arch gardens

Bra, 2016 and Corset, 2017, Kalliopi Lemos
Stainless steel weighing 120kg
Location: Golden Square

Visitor, David Breuer-Weil
Bronze, 290 x 237 x 214cm
Location: Cavendish Square Gardens

Slithery Ways, Pieter Obels
Corten steel, 150 x 160 x 110cm
Location: Soho Square

Scope

We are looking for artwork that enhances its surroundings and is suitable for public display. Preference will be given to Westminster and then London based galleries.

Proposals that include cultural engagement with local people such as artist talks and workshops will be considered favourably. Multiple sculptures will be considered where a suitable location is available.  

Submitting a nomination

We are currently accepting submissions for installations in Spring 2021 for six or 12 months. This timeline is subject to change in line with guidance around Covid-19 and installation dates will be flexible due to this uncertainty.

  1. Complete a submission form
  2. Submissions will be considered by an advisory panel and we will contact you if your sculpture has been selected for one of the available sites
  3. Informal stakeholder/freeholder engagement around successful submissions
  4. Submit a planning application for your sculpture. This will take a minimum of seven weeks.
  5. Arrange installation on an agreed date. A risk assessment, sculpture insurance and public liability insurance must be in place ahead of installation and you will be asked to sign a licence agreement

2021 Locations

The following locations will be available in 2021:

  • Berkeley Square Gardens
  • Golden Square
  • Marble Arch Gardens
  • Park Lane, island six (opposite The Dorchester Hotel)
  • Park Lane, Achilles Way (opposite the Hilton Hotel)
  • Lower Grosvenor Gardens
  • Riverside Walk Gardens

Advisory panel

Submissions will be considered by an Advisory Panel chaired by Cllr Matthew Green, Cabinet Member for Business and Planning.

The panel will include:

  • Melissa Blanchflower, Curator for Serpentine Galleries
  • Tim Eastop, Producer for Arts on the Waterways for the Canal
  • Seema Manchanda, Managing Director of The Showroom
  • Claire Mander, Founder of CoLAB

Criteria

Aesthetic

  • relevance to the immediate surroundings, the City of Westminster and the people who live and work here
  • the level of emotional and intellectual impact
  • originality, accessibility and artistic quality of work
  • ability to create a sense of pride in communities and the city as a whole
  • diversity of sculptures, artists and galleries exhibiting as part of City of Sculpture

Physical

  • suitability for outdoor display
  • appropriateness to its surroundings in terms of scale, visibility and accessibility
  • relationship between sculpture and landscape and its ability to enhance the built environment
  • evidence of the structural safety of the sculpture must be provided including a risk assessment for installation, maintenance and derig and sign off from a structural engineer
  • the artwork must not pose a safety hazard or restrict the typical usage of the site
  • proposals that include community engagement will be considered favourably

Limitations

  • artwork must not be politically or culturally sensitive or likely to cause offence
  • artwork must align with the council’s values of environmental considerations, accessibility and cultural inclusiveness
  • artwork must be large enough that it is clearly visible and not be likely to cause a trip hazard

Licence agreement

We ask that all City of Sculpture exhibitors sign a licence agreement to cover removal of the sculpture one planning permission has expired. Please email us if you would like to see the agreement before submitting your proposal.

Contact

If you have any questions about City of Sculpture please email [email protected]

City of Sculpture forms part of our ‘City for All’ vision.