Rupert Norfolk is the current winner of First@108 Public Art Award which gives a sculptor the opportunity to create their first large-scale piece of public art. Norfolk has created Playground - a reinvention and fusion of plastic garden toys into one abstract form for the sculpture terrace. A second new work, National Libraries, is on show in the salon gallery. Both works can be viewed until 4 May 2018 at the Society's headquarters in South Kensington. To find out more about the artist's practice and the making of these new sculptures watch this short film below.
Event: Rupert Norfolk in conversation with Oliver Basciano, International Editor Art Review on 24 April 2018, 6.30pm. Booking via Eventbrite.
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.
Tabatha Andrews MRBS, winner of the 2015 FIRST@108: Public Art Award recently won the Building Better Healthcare Award in the best collaborative art project category for The Dispensary! Click here to view the short film about the making of this ground-breaking interactive sculpture made specifically for elderly patients with dementia. Following the end of it's term at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, the Dispensary moved to Devonshire House where it will continue to benefit residents.
This award is generously supported by the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation.