Have you noticed a new public sculpture that has been put up recently? Do you like it? Do you like it enough to nominate it for a special award? If it was erected within the last two years it will qualify for the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association’s (PMSA) prestigious Marsh Award for Public Sculpture.
The Angel of the North by Antony Gormley has just celebrated its 20th birthday. This was quite a controversial sculpture when it was unveiled, but many people loved it. The first sculpture to win the PMSA’s Marsh Award for Public Sculpture in 2005, Scallop by Maggi Hambling, located on the seashore at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, was also controversial when it was installed, but is now very popular. If you have spotted a good public sculpture, this too could become a landmark in your area. If you love it, let others know about it by raising its profile and nominating it for the important PMSA’s Marsh Award.
Nominations close at midnight on 13th April 2018.
There are three annual PMSA Awards, which are presented in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust, to be won:
Excellence in Public Sculpture: For a sculpture installed in a public place within the last two years.
Excellence in Public Fountains: For a fountain installed in a public place within the last five years.
Excellence in Conservation of a Public Sculpture or Fountain: For the conservation or repair of an existing work in a public place within the last two years.
The PMSA’s Marsh Awards commend excellence and encourage awareness and discussion of public sculpture and fountains. They celebrate new work that demonstrates originality, aesthetic quality
The conservation award commends craft and professional skills.
The award is made to the artist or designer of new work or, in the case of conservation, the conservator. When the artistic concept or design was the product of collaboration, where the client or craftsmen were involved, the award may be shared. The conservation award may be shared, if it involved a multidisciplinary approach.
The competition is judged by the PMSA’s Marsh Awards Committee, chaired by PMSA Vice-Chairman, Keir McGuinness. Winners will be announced on 6th November 2018 at the PMSA’s Marsh Awards
Last year’s winner of the Public Sculpture Award was Women of Steel, a stunning bronze sculpture by Martin Jennings FRBS, sited in front of Sheffield City Hall. Women of Steel commemorates the women who were conscripted to work in the armaments industry during the Second World War.
Past winners of the Public Sculpture Award encompass tremendous variety. They include ROOM by Antony Gormley on a wing of the Beaumont Hotel in London’s Mayfair and Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji DFC by Douglas Jennings MRBS at Gravesend in Kent (joint winners 2015), Slipstream by Richard Wilson RA at Terminal 2, Heathrow (2014) and Comedy Carpet by Gordon Young in Blackpool (2012).