George Blunden Public Art Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural George Blunden Public Art Prize has been announced by Stonewater today (7 September).

Coda Workshop Bryn Hallett

More than 160 artists from across the UK registered their interest for the competition, which is offering the winning artist a prize of £75,000 and the opportunity to develop artworks for five of Stonewater’s affordable developments.

A panel of Stonewater customers and colleagues judged the submissions, which required artists to pitch a long-term, low maintenance installation for its Mulberry Meadows scheme in Castle Cary.

Judge and Development Manager at Stonewater, Jack Bass, said: “It’s been a privilege to be on the judging panel and shortlist the variety of entries that came in from across the UK.

“Artists used an array of different materials, approaches to sustainability and ways to involve the community to create such distinguishable and exciting proposals, which was great to see.”

Six entrants have been shortlisted including George King Architects, Helena Roden, Hospital Art Studio, Coda Workshop, Art in Site and Matt Chinn.

The shortlisted artists will be invited to present their idea to a further panel of judges including Stonewater’s Chair, Chief Executive and Executive Director of Development on 30th September 2021.

Rob Hawkins, Head of Rents and Service Charges at Stonewater and another judge from the panel, added: “It was good to have the opportunity to participate in the first round of judging for the public art prize.

“In particular to see the inspiration artists took from the location and natural environment, and the consideration given to building spaces that create opportunities to bring communities together. I’m really looking forward to seeing which submission is chosen as the winner.”

Following the second round of judging, Stonewater will be announcing the first George Blunden Public Art Prize winner at a virtual ceremony in November.