By submitting an application, the entrant promises that all of the information comprised in the application is correct. The entrant also promises to comply with these rules and any other award requirements specified by the Society (whether on its website or otherwise) and the Society reserves its right to exclude any entry which in its opinion does not comply.

All applications must be made using the online form. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Applications must be received by the closing date specified.

The proposals submitted must be entirely the entrant’s original idea and creation and they must not infringe someone else’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. The submission must be lawful, it must not be offensive, obscene, racist, discriminating or otherwise objectionable and it must not contain any form of advertising.

Proposals must also not be hazardous in any way, and a thorough risk assessment must be supplied by the artist if the initial proposal is shortlisted.

Entrants grant the the Society the unrestricted right (without royalty) to reproduce images of submitted artworks in any publication in connection with the First Plinth award be it online, printed or otherwise disseminated.

The Judge’s decision is final. If the Society is unable to contact any short listed artist or winners via the email address supplied by the entrant, the shortlist position/ award lapses and the Society reserves the right to select alternative winners.



Applications are welcomed from artists of any age and nationality working in any style or media who are yet to be recognised as practitioners in public art and have not yet won an open (or closed) competition for a commission to create a work for a public space above the value of £15,000. For those who have received formal training the expectation is that you will have a minimum of three years post graduate experience.

Shortlisted artists will be required to attend an interview on 23 March 2021, a maquette, supporting documents, drawings or rendered photographs of the full scale work and up to ten images of existing work will need to be presented at this stage. Short listed artists will be expected to be present on the evening of 23 March 2021 for the announcement of the winner of First Plinth 2021.


Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.

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