Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The Exhibition

The final Ten sculptures will be unveiled at an outdoor exhibition
beginning June 2010, as part of the North Devon Festival celebrations.   The sculptures will be on display throughout the Summer.  You will be able to vote for your favourite work online and at Broomhill

National Sculpture Prize Sponsors

We would like to thank our local sponsors for their generous support.

The Ten Finalists

The ten finalists, who hail from all parts of the UK include:
“The final ten sculptural ideas each have a unique approach, with a variety of material uses and concepts, including some which are interactive. This and of course the public’s involvement in choosing a winner, will ensure that the exhibition in June will be the most exciting we’ve had yet! Of course we wouldn't be able to attract the caliber of artists we have, if it wasn't for the generous support of our local sponsors, Bray Leino, Parker Hannifin, Proof Magazine, N.Devon Festival and Castle Fine Arts Foundry who have helped financially back the venture.” Quote Rinus van de Sande (Owner of Broomhill)

Image: "Blow me away if you can!" by Claudia Borgna

Help us choose a winner!

This new, annual event is a distinctive addition to the national art calendar, not only as it promotes contemporary public sculpture but a unique twist sees the public given the vote to select their favourite.

Be prepared to have your art critic hat on this Summer, as Broomhill will be asking you to choose a winner! Two overall winners (to receive cash prizes) will be announced in September 2010, one chosen by the panel of judges and the other by the public.

North Devon Hospice

North Devon Hospice has been chosen to be a beneficiary of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, as this charity has a significant, positive impact in the local community, which the Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation wishes to support. The sculpture that wins the public vote will be donated to North Devon Hospice for one year and then replaced yearly by the subsequent winning sculpture.

The Prize

Each of the ten finalists will receive £1,000 to turn their proposed idea into an inspiring, celebrated finished piece, ready to be unveiled at the final outdoor exhibition, beginning June 2010, as part of the North Devon Festival celebrations.

Two winners will be announced in September 2010:

The judges winner will receive £3,500. The ‘Public Speaks’ winner will receive £1,500.

The Judges

The Judges, including Robert Bradford, Sandy Brown, Giles Penny, Peter Randall-Page, Mike Roles and Broomhill owners Rinus and Aniet van de Sande, gathered at Broomhill in February 2010, to deliberate and narrow the fifty proposed sculptural ideas down to the final ten. The task was a challenge, but after a day of discussion and heated debate the final ideas were chosen.

A big thank you to the judges and all who entered!

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize

The Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation launched a brand new and unique national sculpture competition at the end of 2009, set to provide an exciting challenge for new and emerging UK based artists.

Broomhill Art Hotel sits in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. The Broomhill Sculpture Park displays one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary art and sculpture in the South West. 300 sculptures by over 60 sculptors are sited in 10 acres of garden that present a wonderful balance between art and nature.

“The Broomhill Art Hotel’s sculpture forest has tongue-in-cheek humour that evokes Alice in Wonderland: nothing is quite as it first appears... My favorite was Greta Berlin's seven-meter red, patent-leather stiletto, which welcomes guests into the driveway of the intimate...bed-and-breakfast.” - from News Week 29 June 2009