New Sculpture To Be Hosted Annually On Liverpool Plinth

A plinth outside Liverpool Parish Church will host a new artwork every year, organisers say

Artists in the North are invited to submit ideas for the plinth, which is located outside Liverpool Parish Church. The idea echoes London’s fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Liverpool is set to get a new sculpture every 12 months as it invites artists to submit ideas for an empty platform.

Like the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, the Liverpool Plinth will host work on rotation, from spring 2018, organisers have said.

Situated at Liverpool Parish Church, also known as St Nick’s, it has been empty since the removal of Brian Burgess’s Christ on a Donkey.

Sculptors in northern England have been invited to submit ideas for the plinth. The winning artist will receive a £1,000 prize.

Lucy Byrne, managing director of arts organisation dot-art, said: “The Liverpool Plinth at St Nick’s church has been empty for several years… so we’re delighted to bring a thrilling piece of new art to this beautiful area of the city.

“This is also a great chance for established and up-and-coming sculptors in the North to be able to showcase their works in a very prominent part of Liverpool.”

The work has been commissioned by the Liverpool Business Improvement District Company and Liverpool Parish Church.

The Rev Dr Crispin Pailing, rector of Liverpool, said there was “a long history of the church helping the arts to flourish”.

“Art does not have to be explicitly religious to connect with people’s spirituality.”

Submissions opened on 16th October 2017 and close on 7th January 2018 followed by the launch of the selected sculpture in Spring 2018.

To find out about The Liverpool Plinth, how you can submit a sculpture and criteria for applications, please click here.

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