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:

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Rachel Ara

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.


Julie Brook

Julie Brook is a British artist who has lived and sculpted in remote landscapes in North West Scotland and the deserts of Libya and NW Namibia. She is currently developing work in stone quarries in the Komatsu region of Japan in relation to making work in the Outer Hebrides.


Annie Cattrell

Cattrell was born in Glasgow. Studied at Glasgow School of Art, University of Ulster and the RCA, where she has taught since 2000.

She often engages in cross–disciplinary dialogues, in particular she is interested in the parallels and connections that can be drawn within the methods used in art and science research.


Anna Gillespie

Born in 1964, Anna Gillespie obtained a degree from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and then studied International Relations at the London School of Economics.  In 1992 Anna become a full-time sculptor, qualifying as a stone mason before completing an MA in Fine and Media Art at Cheltenham.


Frances Richardson

Frances Richardson received her MA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. In 2017 Richardson was awarded the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and the Chiara Williams Contemporary Art SOLO AWARD. Her most recent exhibition Not even nothing can be free from ghosts, Standpoint Gallery, London 2018 toured to Cross Lane Projects in Kendal, Cumbria.


Helen Carnac

Helen Carnac is an artist and maker who lives and works in London. Setting up her studio in the early 1990’s, she develops projects using methodologies rooted in an acute awareness of physical location, place and working practices.  She has worked extensively in Europe and USA. Her work is held in national and international collections.