A new plinth overlooking Liverpool’s famous waterfront is to give local artists a unique opportunity to showcase their work.
The Liverpool Plinth at Our Lady and Saint Nicholas Church will host a new sculpture every 12 months with the first monument set to be unveiled next spring.
Based on the idea of Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, The Liverpool Plinth occupies a prominent position overlooking Chapel Street and the waterfront. It has lay empty since the removal of Brian Burgess’s ‘Christ on a Donkey’ several years ago.
Each artist who has his or her work featured will also receive a £1,000 cash prize.
Liverpool BID Company, in collaboration with Liverpool Parish Church, has commissioned city gallery and art organisation dot-art to run the project.
Lucy Byrne, managing director of dot-art, says: “The Liverpool Plinth at St Nick’s has been empty for several years and so we’re delighted that Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool Parish Church have commissioned us 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. We look forward to seeing the submissions.”
The Revd Dr Crispin Pailing, rector of Liverpool, adds: “There is 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. We see this as an opportunity to help animate the city, and for those who engage with the sculpture to experience new horizons.”
Sculptors living or working in the North are being asked to submit existing work for consideration before the closing date of 7 January 2018.