Rachael Champion has been awarded the Birmingham Hippodrome 120 Sculpture Commission, which is part of the celebrations to mark the iconic venues 120th year. PSC will support the artist in the project’s management, production and installation. The new commission will open in October 2019.
Rachel Champion’s work primarily manifests as site-specific installations and architectural sculptures that respond to places and their histories through contextually relevant forms and materials. Her practice focuses on highlighting the often unseen, overlooked systems and infrastructure of the built environment and the natural world. For the commission, Champion will suspended organic forms adorned with architectural imagery to highlight the fascinating textures of the city of Birmingham and to reference this acclaimed theatre’s many architectural transformations over its lifetime.
The artists shortlisted for this commission were Kashif Nadim Chaudry, Matt Gale, Richard Hughes, Joanne Masding and Frances Richardson.
The selection panel consisted of Emalee Beddoes-Davis, Modern and Contemporary Curator, Birmingham Museums Trust; Jo Capper, Public and Off-Site Curator, Grand Union; Jonathon Harris, Visual Art Producer, Birmingham Hippodrome; and Lucy Tomlins, Director, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre.
About Birmingham Hippodrome
One hundred and twenty years in the making, Birmingham Hippodrome’s theatrical programming generates over half a million moments of cultural engagement each year. The Hippodrome’s rich history and archive encompass its beginnings as a circus and home of variety performance through to its contemporary identity as one of the country’s largest independent theatres and the Birmingham home of ballet, dance and opera.
Passive Evaporites (2018); courtesy of the artist
Forced Landscape (2013); courtesy of the artist
Paradox Basin (detail) (2018); courtesy of the artist