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FIRST@108: Public Art Award

The RBS is proud to announce the 2017 FIRST@108: Public Art Award Finalists who impressed the jury with their exciting and varied responses to the theme 'The Poetics of Structure', which lent itself to responses from artists interested in the structural and the engineered as a way to convey meaning.

Congratulations to Graham Guy-Robinson MRBS, Beatrice Haines MRBS, Evy Jokhova (2016 Bursary), Rupert Norfolk and Ana Catarina Pereira MRBS.

Following a rigorous selection process, an eminent jury comprising Clare Burnett, RBS President, Bill Price, Director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Conrad Shawcross RA sculptor, and Hannele Tilles, curator selected five artists who have been invited to develop their proposal and create a maquette.

The award is open to any artist working in 3 dimensions, and from over 100 applications, the RBS is delighted that four out of the five selected proposals were from members of the RBS. One winner will be selected and awarded £10,000 towards the cost of producing a large scale site-specific sculpture or installation for the RBS forecourt. Over the following months the fabrication of the winning work is supported by the award and the winner is mentored by a team of experienced professionals - engineers, consultants and artists - to ensure the concept is delivered to the exacting standards required of work to be installed in public spaces. The new large-scale sculpture will be installed early in 2018, alongside a solo exhibition of the winner's work.

The Finalists maquettes and proposals will be on show in the RBS Studio Gallery from 9 March – 5 May 2017 alongside Digital Rendition - a solo exhibition by Joseph Hillier FRBS in the Salon Gallery and exterior forecourt.

Also, Tabatha Andrews, winner of the 2015 FIRST@108: Public Art Award completes the second of her two-part commission for the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. Her engaging new sculpture, Chassis will be installed in the main entrance foyer of the hospital from 21st February until the end of October 2017 and can be viewed during hospital opening hours. Click here to view the short film about the making of The Dispensary, Andrews ground-breaking interactive sculpture made specifically for elderly patients with dementia. 

This award is generously supported by the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation.