The Blunden Prize

Stonewater is re-launching its public art prize for 2022/23 to give talented artists from all over the country – both established and emerging – who are producing ground-breaking and innovative artworks – the chance to deliver a series of pieces that can sit proudly on our development schemes.

10 years of public art

Strong communities provide the social cement that holds places together and often defines their success. Nowhere is this more apparent and needed than in the formation of new residential neighbourhoods.

Previously, Stonewater’s development team has worked closely within the local communities they are serving to commission artists that are able to create pieces that convey a distinctive narrative of place, uncovering histories and nuances of the area.

Having spent more time exploring our local surroundings throughout the coronavirus outbreak, the importance of having beautiful sights and engaging areas nearby has never been greater. Another really compelling reason why Stonewater is inviting artists of all disciplines to play their part in building community spirit and inspiring residents at new affordable housing developments across England.

The competition is now open for 2022/23

Following the success of our first Blunden Prize, we’re relaunching the national competition and inviting artists from all disciplines to pitch their ideas for the chance to win five public art commissions that will feature across our developments and a prize of £75,000.

Entries for the 2022/23 Blunden Prize are now open, and artists are being asked to submit ideas for an art installation for our Calverley Lane scheme in Horsforth, Leeds. The winning piece will be installed in a prominent location at the entrance point of the 152 affordable home development, situated on the former Leeds City College campus.

Artists should consider the location and history of the site, as well as the natural features of the location. As part of the brief, we’re also asking artists to consider the environmental impact of their designs and demonstrate how they would reduce the carbon footprint of their proposed work.

How to enter

To find out more about the brief and to review the terms and conditions, click the front cover of the brochure below.

The Blunden Prize is free to enter and open to artists of all disciplines, with entries closing on Friday 27th January 2023, at 12pm (GMT). To enter:

  1. Complete the registration form.
  2. Read the brochure to see the brief. Artists have creative freedom to lay out their entries as they see best but it should be no longer than 10, A4 pages and should be submitted as a PDF – we will not consider entries in another format.
  3. Submit your entry, along with a completed contact details form available to download here, by e-mailing

See our 2021 winner

The 2021 Blunden Prize received 47 entries from artists across the country and was won by Midland’s architecture, sculpture and design studio, CODA Workshop.

Watch the winner reveal below:

You can also listen to our podcast from 2021, in which we talk about the idea behind launching the prize.

Register your interest to keep up to date with the latest news and information about the Blunden Prize.