The winner of Women Make Sculpture commission is Rachel Ara. Ara’s work will be exhibited in the University College London (UCL)’s Bloomsbury Campus from mid-October 2019.

Rachel Ara is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist who explores the relationships between gender, technology and systems of power. She combines her making and computational skills to create nonconformist works with a socio-political edge. Selected 2018 shows were at the V&A, Whitechapel Gallery and the Barbican. In 2019 she will be showing at the MMCA in Seoul and at the Vienna Biennale.

"This Much I'm Worth", Whitechapel Gallery, London, June - Aug 2018, Photograph by Anise Gallery

"This Much I'm Worth", Whitechapel Gallery, London, June - Aug 2018, Photograph by Anise Gallery

Women Make Sculpture aims to dispel the myth that women artists do not (or cannot) make engaging, ambitious and, if desired, large scale outdoor works. Women Make Sculpture is an award of £15,000 towards the making of work: be it new or stemming from an idea long under consideration. The brief was open as to material, narrative and theme but the work must demonstrate an interest in making and materials or be inspired by the context for the work.

We are delighted to be working in collaboration with UCL Culture which is providing prominent Central London sites on the University College London (UCL)’s Bloomsbury Campus where the work will be exhibited from mid-October 2019.  

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Partners & Sponsors

Women Make Sculpture is generously supported by private philanthropists and patrons who wish to remain anonymous using resources released from theCoLAB Programme restricted funds held by the Royal Society of Sculptors.

theCoLAB wholeheartedly thanks UCL Culture and UCL Public Art for providing sites for the work, its expertise and its support of women artists. Founded in 1826, UCL was the first university in England to admit students of any race, class or religion and to welcome women on equal terms with men. UCL Public Art, part of UCL Culture aims to provoke debate, encourage engagement and cultivate partnerships between exceptional artists and those at the heart of teaching and learning at UCL.