Competition rules

Terms and conditions

1.1 Participation in the George Blunden Public Art Prize constitutes entrants' full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules, which are final and binding.

1.2 Winning the prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official rules and fulfilling all other requirements, as outlined on this page.

1.3 Once the prize has been awarded the commissioned applicant will be required to sign a contract with Stonewater confirming the terms and conditions of the award.


2.1 The George Blunden Public Art Prize is open to both established and emerging artists from all disciplines; including artists who have previously been commissioned by Stonewater to deliver public artworks.

2.2 Artists must live in the UK and are aged at least 18 at the time of entering.

2.3 Artists must submit their own original concept and not a copy of anyone else’s copyrighted material. 2.4 Artists must only submit their own art that they, personally created. 2.5 If there is any question about authenticity Stonewater reserves the right to request proof of authorship and if this is not satisfactory, then the entry will be disqualified.

2.6 Stonewater has the sole right to refuse submissions based on failure to meet brief requirements, inappropriateness of content, and/or concerns regarding copyright infringement in the original work.

How to enter

3.1 There are no entry fees for this competition. 3.2 Artists should register their interest in entering the award, here.

3.3 All artists should submit their proposal as a PDF document – Stonewater will not consider entries in another format – along with a completed contact details form available to download, here.

3.4 Within the proposal, artists are given the creative freedom to present their ideas however they see fit, but must clearly fulfil the requirements outlined in the brief and include an overview of how they would deliver the project.

3.5 All entries must be submitted by e-mailing them to by Friday 6th August 2021 at 11:59pm along with a completed contact information form available, here. Any submissions sent without this form and after this deadline will not be considered.

3.5 All entries will initially be judged by an initial panel and at least six finalists will be selected to present their work to Stonewater’s final judging panel.

3.6 All finalists must be willing to present their work either virtually or in-person. Details of how this presentation will take place will be confirmed closer to the time, depending on current COVID-19 restrictions. If there are any barriers to finalists presenting in-person, Stonewater will accommodate this accordingly.

Winner's commitment

4.1 The artist who wins the competition will commit to supporting Stonewater with the creation and delivery of five projects across 12 months. 4.2 Stonewater will award the winning artist a prize of £75,000 and will allocate a seperate budget to fund the materials, fabrication, installation and logistics of the five commissions. Artists will need to consider any planning implications from their proposal and, where appropriate, include for this within the budget.

4.3 To execute the public art at Castle Cary, artists must not exceed the budget of £100,000 +VAT.

4.4 The public art budget will vary for the five schemes and will be agreed with the artist ahead of them scoping out their design.

4.5 The winning artist agrees for Stonewater to market and promote the public art delivered at each scheme, providing context that can be publicised where possible.