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As part of the celebrations for their 120th year, Birmingham Hippodrome wanted to commission a temporary, site-specific sculpture.
PSC were appointed to manage the project from commissioning to the point of delivery and installation. We provided access to our extensive network of artists whose practices demonstrate an engagement with sculpture and/or work in three dimensions. In addition, we helped to define and shape the project brief and managed a national Open Call process.
As advocates and supporters of emerging talent on stage, the Hippodrome wanted to continue this ethos when choosing an artist for this particular commission. With our support they were able to take a risk by awarding such a high profile and technically ambitious project to an emerging artist. The final piece, by Rachael Champion (image above) fills a void space in the Hippodrome four-storey foyer, around which the building’s primary public staircase ascends. A focal point in the building, footfall in the foyer exceeds half a million visitors each year.
It proved to be a great symbiotic relationship, with PSC being able to help Rachael with production and engineering of the artwork, as well as managing the art work installation, which included the production of all appropriate risk assessments and method statements.
When speaking about the project Jonathon Harris, visual arts producer at Birmingham Hippodrome commented:
“The Hippodrome 120 Sculpture Commission is a signature project for the venue’s 120th birthday celebrations and an exciting moment for our new visual art programme that reinforces the Hippodrome’s commitment to artistic investment. The technical and artistic expertise of Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre has made it possible for us to commission and support the fabrication of new sculpture on this scale.
With well over 500,000 visitors to our building each year, we look forward to this new, temporary public sculpture making a real statement and offering the public the opportunity to engage with high quality contemporary visual art”.
For three years PSC supported the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise Trophy Commission. This involved working with them to generate a brief and identifying and inviting leading emerging artists from our extensive network to make proposals. Each year, a selection was made from the art works submitted that best embodied and conveyed Deutsche Banks values. Subsequently, we supported the artist through the production, editioning and to the final point of delivery. A process that supports both the artist and benefits the commissioning body.