Women can and do make large scale outdoor Sculpture. 130+ applications received from strong sculptors across the UK made for a fascinating day of selection. Thank you to all who put in the time and effort to apply and congratulations to the shortlisted artists.

For the inaugural Women Make Sculpture: theCoLAB Commission.

It is an award of £15,000 towards the making of work: be it new or stemming from an idea long under consideration.

The brief is 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.  

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.

It is open to all women sculptors living or working in the UK of any age.  

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.

theCoLAB is an independent curatorial practice which promotes the appreciation of contemporary sculpture in all its forms by setting up intriguing and thoughtful collaborations to support the careers of sculptors.  Through site-specific commissions, residency programmes and exhibitions it acts as a platform for mentoring artists through the process of sculpting a living.  https://thecolab.artopps.co.uk