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Broomhill Estate – National Sculpture Prize 2021

NSP 2021 – Call for entries: “Outthinking the future” 

The British National Sculpture Prize (NSP) for emerging outdoor artists was founded by Rinus and Aniet Van de Sande in 2009 to inspire, motivate and support emerging artists living in the UK. 

Eleven years on the prize continues to represent the UK’s premier platform for emerging sculptors to showcase their talents by having their work publicly displayed alongside established artists at the Broomhill Sculpture Gardens in North Devon. Now under new ownership the Broomhill Estate is entering a new chapter and will build on the reputation honed over the past 24 years by continuing and expanding its mission to support the arts. The NSP has established itself as a cornerstone of the fine arts movement, supporting and elevating emerging outdoor artists by providing a platform for new talent. Broomhill Estate's new owners, Frictionless Fine Arts Limited, will continue to host the competition annually to encourage and commend new and emerging artists. 

Frictionless founder and CEO Alex F. Kleiner III explains: “We have a bold and innovative vision to evolve Broomhill Estate as a preeminent sanctuary for fine arts, broadly defined. The first signal of our commitment to this vision is in affirming our annual sponsorship of the NSP and immediately tripling the purse to a whopping £45,000. It is also our sincere pleasure to name the judge’s prize after its creators, Rinus and Aniet Van de Sande. The future of fine arts in the UK is frictionless!” 

This year’s theme is ‘Outthinking the Future’ and the deadline for registration is 28th February 2021.

Key dates for entrants:

Registration deadline: 28 February, 2021

Proposal submission deadline: 28 March, 2021

10 shortlisted sculptors announced: April, 2021

Sculpture installation: Mid-June, 2021

NSP 2021 summer exhibition: July-September 2021

Prize winners announced: October 2021

The awards

The Rinus and Aniet van de Sande prize

The overall winner, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will secure a cash prize of £10,000 plus an additional £5,000 investment to create a further work of art.

Both pieces will become part of the permanent collection at the Broomhill Estate.

The Peoples’ Choice award

The Peoples’ Choice winner will be awarded a £5,000 cash prize. This prize is awarded to the sculpture that receives the most public votes during the exhibition period. Voting will take place online and in person at the Sculpture Gardens (June – October).

Founder of the Broomhill Art and Sculpture Foundation and the NSP, Rinus van-de-Sande describes the debates and “the discussions the judges hold during the competition are always fascinating. It's a gladiatorial contest! The entries have such a variety of material uses and concepts. Some pieces have a serious message, others are simply fun and interactive and each year we have a different group of judges, which means that a new set of likes, dislikes and prejudices comes into play."

How to enter:

Artists can now register their interest in the competition. The deadline to register is 28th February 2021. Everyone who registers will be invited to submit their proposals via an online submission platform. Full instructions for how to access the submission platform will be provided to all applicants who register. 

The deadline to submit your full proposal is 28th March 2021. 10 artists selected for the shortlist will each be awarded a £2,500 contribution to design a sculpture suitable for display outdoors under the theme ‘Outthinking the future’. 

We are looking for proposals that clearly demonstrate the creative process, for example, through sketches and a maquette. Since short-listed sculptures will be placed outdoors, participants must address issues regarding maintenance, durability and corrosion in their choice of materials.

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