Hippodrome 120 Sculpture Commission

2019 marks 120 years since an entertainment venue was first built on Birmingham Hippodrome’s site. Starting as a circus, then followed by variety, Birmingham Hippodrome is now one of the UK’s busiest theatres.

As part of the celebrations for our 120th year, Birmingham Hippodrome is working in partnership with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre (PSC) to commission a temporary, site-specific sculpture for a void space in our four-storey foyer, around which the building’s primary public staircase ascends. Footfall in the foyer exceeds half a million visitors each year.

Founded in 2013, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre (PSC) is a not-for-profit arts organisation that offers resources that bring together the production of sculpture with critical, cultural and educational programming on this art form. Providing essential opportunities, technical support and facilities, PSC supports the advancement of sculptural practice in the UK, critical engagement and innovation in this field.

We are interested in receiving expressions of interest from early and mid-career artists whose artistic practices demonstrate an engagement with sculpture and/or work in three dimensions, for a bold, new site-specific art work to be suspended in this void space, which is approximately 10 metres high.

Up to five artists will be shortlisted for £250 awards to develop full proposals. The successful artist will go on to receive an artist’s fee of £2,500 as well as a production budget of £10,000. PSC will support the artist in the project’s management, production and installation.

For full details and instructions on how to apply, download this commission brief here.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Fri 5 July. Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.

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Contact Name

Lucy Tomlins

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Start Date

11th June 2019

Closing Date

5th July 2019