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We believe that strong communities hold places together and often define their success.

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

You can find out more about public art at Stonewater and see examples.

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. Read on to see how you can get involved.

2024 competition

Entries for the Blunden Prize 2024 have now closed.

This year, we asked 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.

The criteria and brief for the 2024 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.

Register your details to receive the latest updates about the Blunden Prize, or follow our dedicated Blunden Prize Instagram account (@blunden_prize).

The finalists will be announced w/c 27 May 2024, with the winner announced w/c 15 July 2024.

See previous winners

2022-23 winner

The 2022-23 competition focused 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, titled 'Crossing', which has recently been granted planning permission.

The meaning behind ‘Crossing’ stems from Horsforth’s original name of Horsford, which was a river crossing in the River Aire used by horses. The original Horsforth ford was recorded in the Domesday Book as being situated off Calverley Lane. 

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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