Leeds Arts University is commissioning a new public sculpture championing the achivements and recognition of women in the City of Leeds. The idea for the sculpture was conceived by Rachel Reeves (MP Leeds West) and is being project managed by Leeds Arts University in collaboration with Leeds City Council. The aim is a more gender balanced representation of public sculptures in Leeds.
The commissioners say: “A series of major UK cities and towns are now making concerted attempts to tackle the historical oversight of women’s achievements by way of public sculpture. Yet, it is also clear that many examples have tended to conform to a figurative and largely nineteenth century model of public sculpture, featuring women who have long since passed away. It is proposed that Leeds, with a long tradition of being an avant-garde city, contribute to this national debate in a ground-breaking way with an innovative structure that can both celebrate multiple women’s achievements and offer a creative model that can be added to democratically with living exemplars in years to come.”
The deadline for entries is Friday 21 September. More information.