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City of Sculpture

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

Published: 4 January 2021

Last updated: 5 May 2021

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. 

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

Submissions for Summer 2021 installation are currently being reviewed. The next submission dates will be January 2022 for Summer 2022 installation. 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 form part of City of Sculpture: 

  • Berkeley Square Gardens
  • Golden Square
  • Lower Grosvenor Gardens
  • Marble Arch Gardens
  • Park Lane, island six (opposite The Dorchester Hotel)
  • Pimlico Gardens
  • Riverside Walk Gardens
  • Soho Square.

Advisory panel

Submissions will be considered by an Advisory Panel chaired by Cllr Paul Swaddle, Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City. 

Panel members are:

  • Melissa Blanchflower, Curator for Serpentine Galleries
  • Tim Eastop, Producer for Arts on the Waterways for the Canal & River Trust
  • 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.