Judging update: George Blunden Public Art Prize

Due to the high number of submissions for its inaugural George Blunden Public Art Prize, Stonewater has announced it is extending the first judging round of the competition until early September.

Entries for Stonewater’s competition have been received from talented artists across the UK and are currently being judged by a panel of colleagues and customers.

Entrants were given complete creative freedom with their submissions but were asked to consider the environmental impact of their work, how the pieces would incorporate local history into the final design, and whether there were any opportunities to engage with the local community to produce the artworks.

To allow enough time for its judges to carefully review and consider each entry, Stonewater has decided to delay the finalist announcement until 6th September 2021.

Jonathan Layzell, Executive Director of Development at Stonewater, said: “We’re really pleased that the competition has captured the imagination of so many artists, across a wide range of specialisms.

“Given the number of entries we’ve received, and the time artists spent crafting their submissions, we have decided to extend the first judging phase until early September.

“Public art is an important element of the placemaking work we do to add value and convey a distinctive sense of place within our communities, and it’s encouraging to see so many artists enthused by our initiative and present their ideas.

“The members of our first judging panel have some tough competition to choose from, but I’m looking forward to meeting the finalists in the second phase and picking Stonewater’s first ever George Blunden Public Art Prize winner.”

For more information about the prize contact: awards@see-media.co.uk.