FIRST@108: Public Art Award

A distinguished panel of professionals in the field of public art select both the initial shortlist and the winner.

Clare Burnett
President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors




Clare Burnett is a site-responsive artist based in London.  She makes pared-down, abstract artworks which encourage people to engage visually and conceptually with their surroundings. Previous site-specific projects have included installations of works in West Norwood and Brompton Cemeteries, in the City and in Leighton House Museum.  Her current interest is in our relationship with objects, colour and materials and she has explored this in her two most recent shows, Pink at William Benington Gallery and Improvisations at the University of Leeds.  She is represented by William Benington Gallery.



Bill Price
Director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff




Bill Price is a structural engineer who worked on the multi-award-winning The Shard from the earliest stages of design development. Mr. Price is currently working on exciting commercial initiatives for Network Rail and Transport for London, a large mixed-use station regeneration project, a major new stadium for Chelsea and new cultural facilities in London. Bill has also worked alongside many sculptors and designers on a range of installations and exhibitions for over 25 years. Work in this field has involved close collaboration with the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Canary Wharf, Goodwood and a range of developers to provide public art in urban locations.


 Conrad Shawcross




Imbued with an appearance of scientific rationality, Conrad Shawcross’s sculptures explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. Attracted by failed quests for knowledge in the past, he often appropriates redundant theories and methodologies to create ambitious structural and mechanical montages, using a wide variety of materials and media, and often working on an epic scale. Different technologies and natural forces inspire his forms, but his mysterious machines and structures remain enigmatic, filled with paradox and wonder. Some have an absurdist melancholy feel, while others tend to the sublime. Recently, Shawcross has developed the scale of his practice, taking on architectural spaces with work that combines epic scope and poetic grace.


Hannele Tilles




Hannele Tilles has curated several photographic exhibitions in Finland and recently published a book documenting Finnish recording artists, early recording techniques and television music programmes.  She has a longstanding interest in art, particularly sculpture, and has been involved in the commissioning of several pieces of sculpture. She has links with the Finnish Society for Sculpture and was recently on the judging panel for Skulptur, a large scale exhibition in London of indoor and outdoor sculpture from all five Nordic countries. Hannele has been on the panel for FIRST@108 on three previous occasions.