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Women Make Sculpture: theCoLAB Commission


theCoLAB is delighted to announce the open call for Women Make Sculpture: theCoLAB Commission, an award of £15,000 towards the research, development and making of work(s) to be exhibited at one of three possible outdoor sites on the University College London’s Bloomsbury Campus from mid-October 2019.  The brief is open as to material, narrative and theme but the work must demonstrate an interest in making and materials or be inspired by the context for the work. The award may fund all or part of the development and making of a new or an existing idea that has not been realised or exhibited.

Women Make Sculpture aims to dispel the myth that women artists do not (or cannot) make engaging, ambitious and, if desired, large scale outdoor works. It is open to all women sculptors living or working in the UK of any age.

theCoLAB is working in collaborative partnership with UCL Culture of which UCL Public Art is an important part. Founded in 1826, UCL was the first university in England to welcome women on equal terms with men.

theCoLAB is an independent curatorial practice which promotes the appreciation of contemporary sculpture in all its forms. theCoLAB sets up collaborations to support the careers of sculptors, through site-specific commissions, residency programmes and exhibitions. It acts as a platform for mentoring artists through the process of sculpting a living.

The selection panel for 2018/19 is: Polly Bielecka , Director, Pangolin Gallery; Zoe Laughlin , Director, Institute of Making, UCL; Claire Mander , Director + Curator, theCoLAB (Chair); Anne Rawcliffe-King, Consultant, theCoLAB; Sam Wilkinson , UCL Culture, Head of Public Art.

For more information and to apply visit