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The NSP has established itself as a cornerstone of the fine arts ecosystem, supporting and elevating emerging outdoor artists by providing a platform for new talent. In a change to previous years, the competition is open to all aspiring sculptors and no longer requires applicants to have attended an art school with the funding increased from £1,000 towards fabrication of artworks to £2,500 for each successful application.
The theme for this year’s prize is Outthinking the Future and two winners will be chosen from an initial shortlist of ten. The first, decided by a panel of distinguished experts, will be awarded a £10,000 cash prize plus a £5,000 investment in an additional original sculpture. A further “People’s Choice” winner decided by exhibition attendees, the public vote winner will win £5,000.
This year, for the first time ever, the public vote will take place in person only. Sculpture park visitors are invited to come down, view the exhibition and vote for your favourite to win the £5000 cash prize.
The winners will be announced on Monday 1st November 2021 and the prizes will be awarded at a special event held in London on Wednesday 1st December.
The Ten Finalists:
- Emma Louise Moore A level closer to time
- Emily Woolley, A small ocean swallowed
- Lucy Gregory, Rose tinted
- Jonathan Michael Ray,Large boulder the size of a small boulder
- Gus Skottowe, Rituals of the Technium
- Thomas Merrett, Listener
- Tom Waugh, I am not a robot
- Richard Paton, Gravity begins at home
- Henrietta Armstrong, Throwing bones
- Laura Such, Plane sight
2021 Judging Panel:
- Adrian Locke,chief curator, Royal Academy of Arts
- Gavin Turk,artist
- Dianne Harris, curator, Kinetica Museum
- Alastair Smart,arts editor and art critic, The Telegraph
- Deborah Curtis, founder, and creative director, House of Fairy Tales
- Andrew Logan, artist
- Sophie Parkin,artist, writer, owner of Vout-o-Reenees / The Stash Gallery
- Helen Buckley, curator, ArtFinder
- Michelle Charles, artist
- Molly Parkin, artist, novelist, fashion editor, broadcaster
- Jessica Wetherly, artist, historic NSP winner
- Polly Morgan, artist, taxidermist