For the second year running, Liverpool BID Company is collaborating with Liverpool Parish Church and city gallery and art organisation, dot-art for The Liverpool Plinth project
Sculptors from across the north of England have just over a week to enter a competition that could see their work showcased on Liverpool’s world famous skyline for a whole year.
For the second year running, Liverpool BID Company is collaborating with Liverpool Parish Church, also known as St Nick’s, and city gallery and art organisation, dot-art, to bring an exciting new piece of art to The Liverpool Plinth, located at the side of the church overlooking Chapel Street and the waterfront.
The new piece will replace last year’s winning sculpture, Gold Lamé, by Tony Heaton – a suspended, bright gold car – that has brought smiles to faces for the last 12 months, not to mention making international headlines when it was first unveiled.
Gold Lamé was originally commissioned as part of Art of the Lived Experiment for DaDaFest 2014 at the Bluecoat.
Artists from across the north of England are being urged to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and submit existing work that could call The Liverpool Plinth their home for the next year, with the closing date for applications on Thursday, March 28. The winner will also receive an additional £1,000 prize.
The project forms part of one of the pledges in the Liverpool BID Company’s business plan for Commercial District BID – to create a public art strategy. The unveiling of the new piece of art is scheduled for spring 2019.
Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, said: “When we first launched The Liverpool Plinth project in 2018 we were taken aback by the overwhelming response from the huge number of artists eager to have their work considered.
“The unveiling of Gold Lamé also caused quite the stir online. It will be sad to see Gold Lamé leave The Liverpool Plinth, but exciting to welcome a new sculpture.”
And sculptor and artist Tony Heaton, creator of Gold Lamé, added: “Having just returned to live in the North West, one of the great aspects of being selected was the opportunity to meet such enthusiastic and positive people promoting the arts on Merseyside.”
Sculptors living or working in the north of England (North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber) are asked to submit existing work for consideration before the closing date on Thursday, March 28. All delivery and installation costs for the winning artist will also be covered.