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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Advancing the Appreciation of Public Statues and Sculpture

Sokari Douglas Camp, All the World is now Richer, 2007-10, welded steel. Commemorating the abolition of slavery. Currently on display at Westminster City Council Offices, Victoria, London. Photo: Leonie Summers.

The Public Statues and Sculpture Association (PSSA)

The PSSA encourages engagement with the many thousands of sculptures in the public domain across the UK, which represent an important part of our shared cultural heritage. It champions the historical, artistic and social context of public statues and sculpture, and also promotes education about sculpture, publishing articles, academic papers and specialist books. For more details see About Us.
Please help the PSSA achieve its objectives by becoming a member.

The PSSA in partnership with the Marsh Charitable Trust is delighted to announce

 

THE 2021 PSSA MARSH AWARDS SHORTLIST

 

Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture

Phyllida Barlow quarry, 2018, Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House The Steadings, Wilkieson, Edinburgh.

Briony Marshall Layers of Bournemouth, 2018, Hengitsbury Head, Southbourne, Bournemouth.

Thomas J. Price Reaching Out, 2020, Three Mills Green, Stratford, London – part of The Line public art walk.

Hazel Reeves ‘Our Emmeline’ Rise Up Women, 2018, St Peter’s Square, Manchester.

Mark Richards The Vernon Mine Warfare and Diving Monument, 2020, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Rachel Whiteread Nissen Hut, 2018, Dalby Forest, Lower Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire.

 

Award for Excellence in Fountains and Water Features

Joana Vasconcelos Gateway, 2019, Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House, The Steadings, Wilkieston, Edinburgh.

Mark Wallinger in collaboration with Studio Octopi Writ in Water, 2018, National Trust, Runnymede, Surrey.

Alison Wilding Herm, 2018, Rathbone Square, London.

The Fountain Workshop Fountains and Water Features, 2018-19, Aga Khan Centre, Kings Cross, London.

 

Award for Excellence in Conservation of Public Sculpture or Fountain

Cliveden Conservation The Druid, 2019, Priory Park, Chichester, Sussex.

London Stone Conservation Statue of Sarah Siddons, 2019, Paddington Green, London.

Plowden & Smith Silverdale Mining Monument, 2020, Silverdale, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire.

 

Winners will be announced at an online ceremony on Thursday 9th December

 

PSSA WEBINAR

The Unusual Suspects: Investigating less familiar sculptural materials from the 17th century onwards

28-30 January 2022

For further details see CALL FOR PAPERS

 

 

Explore the  PSSA Database –  UK Public Sculptures of Women

Over 100 public statues of women can be found in the UK. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021, the PSSA launched a database of non-royal sculptures representing women of achievement from past and present.

The first statue commemorating a named black woman in the UK; the first female UK Prime Minister; the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons; the first woman to become mayor of a London borough, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia; the first British woman to win all four major tennis tournaments; the first woman apart from members of the royal family to be commemorated in a statue. They can all be found here.

Discover the statues of women in  your local area or tell the PSSA about those which are missing from the database. The 119 statues now on the database is the start, it is not definitive, please help us to keep this interesting resource alive and current.

Martin Jennings FRSS, Mary Seacole, St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Photo: Creative Commons

 

Discovering Women Sculptors – Autumn Series

There is one talk remaining in this series:

Sculptor, Holly Hendry in conversation with Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Please book via Eventbrite
Talks are free for members of the PSSA and £3.50 per talk for non-members.
Please note you need to book and pay separately for each talk you wish to attend.

Gabriel Hayes working on the Aviation relief for the façade of the new Department of Industry and Commerce building in Kildare Street in Dublin in 1942.