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Public art was first introduced at our developments in 2012 by Raglan, which has continued following our merger with Jephson to become Stonewater in 2015.

We believe that strong communities provide the social cement that holds places together and often defines their success.

Stonewater's development team works closely within the local communities to commission artists that create pieces of art that convey a distinctive narrative of place, uncovering histories and nuances of the area.

The Blunden Prize gives both established and emerging artists from all over the country the chance to deliver public art that can sit proudly on our developments.

2024 competition

The Blunden Prize 2024 is now open!

We’re calling for artists from all disciplines to put forward their ideas for an art installation at our Elm Fields Farm scheme in Coventry, which is set to provide 148 affordable homes to the local community.

More information on the criteria and brief for this year’s Prize can be found in our brochure.

The winner of the Blunden Prize 2024 will receive a cash prize, be commissioned to produce their piece for Elm Fields Farm, and receive two additional commissions for public art at other Stonewater developments.

Two runners up will receive a commission from Stonewater to create a piece of public art for a new affordable housing scheme in the UK.

To enter:

For full rules and entry information, see the brochure.

The closing date is 12pm (midday) on Friday 26 April 2024.

Join our webinar

Entrants are invited to attend a Q&A webinar hosted by Stonewater on 26 April 2024 at 2pm.

Sign up here

See previous winners

2022-23 winner

The 2022-23 competition focussed on a Stonewater scheme in Horsforth, Leeds, and the winner was announced as Yorkshire stone sculptor, Patrick Walls.

Using local sandstone and project-specific stone, his artwork is intimately connected to its surroundings. Pat has held a series of community workshops to help develop ideas that have formed his final design, which has recently been granted planning permission.

2021 winner

Winners of the inaugural George Blunden Public Art Prize were Midlands-based Coda Workshop. The competition invited artists to present ideas for an installation at Mulberry Meadows, a 125-home development in Castle Cary in Somerset.

Coda Workshop designed a weathered and stainless-steel structure, which would create a community meeting place that incorporates tasteful nods to the history of the local area.

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