Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Relaunched As National Prize In 2013

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Standpoint have announced that the acclaimed British sculptor Richard Deacon, winner of the Turner prize in 1987 and Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, will be joining the selection panel alongside Rebecca Scott (trustee) and Jemima Brown (MTSA winner 2010/11) for the relaunched Mark Tanner Sculpture Award in 2013/14.

The largest award of its kind in the UK which, since 2001 has celebrated and supported the work of emerging London based sculptors, will now be open to artists from the whole of mainland UK.

To mark this transition onto the national stage, Black Dog Publishing will be launching the book ‘Thinking is Making, Presence and Absence in Contemporary Sculpture’. With essays by critic Martin Herbert on the changing role of the object within recent and contemporary practice, a short history of sculptural practice as taught at St. Martins School of Art during the 1960s and 70s by Matilda Strang (independent curator) and an introduction and commentary on each of the past winners of the award by Fiona MacDonald (curator Standpoint Gallery).

Timeline: Applications open: January 2013, deadline for applications: Monday 17 March at 5pm Book launch: March 2013

Exhibition at Standpoint of the 10 previous winners, plus the announcement of new award winner: May 2013

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is unique in its combination of offering both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional emerging sculptor. We seek to reward outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture and are particularly interested in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials. The award is £8,000 plus the costs of presenting a solo exhibition at Standpoint Gallery.

Previous selectors have included Phyllida Barlow, Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker and Cathy de Monchaux.

Standpoint is an independent artist-run project space and studios in Hoxton, London. We are a vibrant platform for the development of emerging and mid-career artists, running exhibitions, events and residencies.

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is central to Standpoints charitable aims –

– to act as a platform for emerging artists outside the commercial gallery system – to support the diversity and vibrancy of artistic production
– to promote excellence in and commitment to the artist as maker
– to provide an arena for artists’ networks and professional development