FIRST@108 is a unique biennial award designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions.
For the first time, the RBS is partnering with CW+ (the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) to deliver the 2015 award, providing the opportunity for one outstanding sculptor to create new work for this prestigious London hospital and gain a track record in the highly competitive field of public art.
Following an open call for submissions, five sculptors - Tabatha Andrews, Sadie Brockbank, Stathis Dimitriadis, Mark Doyle and Briony Marshall were selected to develop responses on the fascinating theme of Memory with the ambition of stimulating and engaging elderly people with dementia who are being cared for at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
Tabatha Andrews was chosen as the winner for her exciting multi functional and sensory proposal. Over the past few months Andrews worked with patients to gain inspiration for her sculptures which will be sited in a care of the elderly ward and a busy public space in the hospital this year. The first new sculpture entitled The Dispensary will be unveiled at the RBS for one night only on Wednesday 31st August 2016, alongside selection of Andrews sculptures which form part of Altered States: an exhibition exploring perception and sensory interpretation through immersive installation and sculptural form including horticultural installation artists Heywood and Condie. You can read an update about this remarkable project here.
The RBS would like to acknowledge the partnership with CW+ and the generous support of the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation for making this award possible.