Arts & Science Festival is delighted to announce a brand new sculpture commission for 2019-20. Art is a vital part of campus life and this exciting commission will continue the University of Birmingham’s long history of working with leading artists, artisans and architects. The new public sculpture will bring together arts and science in the University’s recently expanded campus parkland, the Green Heart.
Following an open call to artists, four finalists have been selected to produce scale models of their ideas, which will be exhibited in an outdoor display case in the Green Heart. The finalists will deliver events as part of the Arts & Science programme, and provide interviews and preparatory works (e.g. sketches, smaller models) to be exhibited in the Rotunda Gallery, Aston Webb.
To celebrate the commission, a programme of sculpture-related public events will take place across campus as part of the festival including artist talks, sculpture tours and creative workshops.
Staff, students, local communities and festival attendees will have an opportunity to vote for which sculpture they would like to see realised in the final season of the festival programme. The winning proposal will be selected by public vote and a panel of creative experts from the arts sector.
The Arts & Science Sculpture Commission has been generously funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant.