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FIRST@108: Public Art Award

The RBS is proud to announce Rupert Norfolk as winner of the FIRST@108: Public Art Award 2017 following a rigorous selection process by the jury comprising Clare Burnett, President of the RBS, Bill Price, director WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Conrad Shawcross RA and Hannele Tilles, curator.

The award is open to any artist working in 3 dimensions, and and provides a unique and rare opportunity for the winner to build a track record in the competitve arena of public art. The winner is 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 by Norfolk will be installed early in 2018, alongside a solo exhibition of the his work. To find out more about the artist and to view his proposal click here.

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. Both artists will discuss their practice at the RBS on Wednesday 26th April 2017, 6.30 - 8.30pm and anyone is welcome to attend.

Also, Tabatha Andrews MRBS, 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 28 September 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. Following the end of it's term at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, the Dispensary has moved to Devonshire House where it will continue to benefit residents. 

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