Submissions deadline for expressions of interest: 5 July 2019 (17.00 BST)
Award winners announced: 2 August 2019
2019 marks 120 years since an entertainment venue was first built on Birmingham Hippodrome’s site. Starting as a circus, then followed by variety, Birmingham Hippodrome is now one of the UK’s busiest theatres.
As part of the celebrations for their 120th year, Birmingham Hippodrome is working in partnership with PSC to commission a temporary, site-specific sculpture for a void space in their four-storey foyer, around which the building’s primary public staircase ascends. Footfall in the foyer exceeds half a million visitors each year.
Birmingham Hippodrome is interested in receiving expressions of interest from early and mid-career artists whose artistic practices demonstrate an engagement with sculpture and/or work in three dimensions, for a bold, new site-specific art work to be suspended in this void space, which is approximately 10 metres high.
Up to five artists will be shortlisted and each receive £250 to develop full proposals. The successful artist will go on to receive an artist’s fee of £2,500 as well as a production budget of £10,000. PSC will support the artist in the project’s management, production and installation.
The selection panel is made up 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; Lucy Tomlins, Director, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre.
Application is via expression of interest, uploaded into the online submission portal only.