New art for Dulwich Park – shortlist

Southwark Council have issued a press release with details of the shortlisted artists for the commissioning of a new artwork for Dulwich Park following the theft of Barbara Hepworth’s Two Forms in December 2011:

Southwark Council press release Southwark Council shortlists artists for commission of the Dulwich Park artwork 24 January 2013

The commissioning process for the new sculpture for Dulwich Park has gained momentum with the announcement of the four shortlisted artists.

Recent winner of the prestigious Zurich Art Prize, Ryan Gander; Turner Prize nominee in 2003, Anya Galaccio; Conrad Shawcross whose work “Metamorphosis: Titian 2012” was commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival; and internationally acclaimed Eva Rothschild have been selected.

Following the theft of the Barbara Hepworth sculpture from Dulwich Park in 2011, a steering group made up of Southwark Council representatives and members of Dulwich community groups was set up to oversee the commission of a new artwork for the park. The steering group have been working alongside the Contemporary Art Society, who were appointed last year to manage the artist commissioning process.

The selected artists now have a period of three months to develop their design proposal. Following this, a public consultation will be held in June 2013 to gauge opinion on each of the art work proposals. Details of the locations for public consultations will be made available in April.

Each artist will be judged on their ability to meet the commissioning principles agreed by both the steering group and the Contemporary Art Society ahead of the public consultation.

Commissioning principles:

      1. Responsive to Context

The commission process for Dulwich Park should allow time for artists to engage with the Park, its history, its landscape and the communities who enjoy it.  Setting an inspiring brief for the commission that encourages the artist to interpret the context sets the scene for a remarkable and responsive commission to emerge.

2.      Providing an Experience of the Park

There is an opportunity to develop an artwork that provides new ways of appreciating the park – and that engages audiences dynamically. 

3.      A Legacy for Hepworth

The commission ultimately should represent the highest quality contemporary art, achieved by working with professional and critically endorsed artists and valuing the creative response.

4.      Best Practice

As a public project it is important that the process reflects best practice commissioning guidelines. The commission should be delivered through transparent and accountable procurement processes, reflecting the necessity for a robust and sustainable artwork, managed to a high standard throughout and communicated via sensitive public engagement.

Councillor Veronica Ward, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sport, Olympic Legacy and Volunteering said “We were overwhelmed by the response we had from such amazing talents. Although it was a tough decision to make, we are confident that the shortlist reflects a good pedigree of artists all capable of fulfilling the brief in their own individual way. We look forward to reviewing their individual visions for Dulwich Park and we pleased to be able to honour the legacy of Barbara Hepworth in this way.”

Fabienne Nicholas, Head of Consultancy, Contemporary Art Society said; “We are delighted to present this strong shortlist of artists for the Dulwich Park Sculpture Commission. Each artist has a varied approach to sculpture: Gallaccio’s site specific works are concerned with beauty, nature and the passing of time while Gander’s ideas based practice ranges from installations and sculptures to lectures and publications. Rothschild’s sculpture plays on minimalist traditions whilst exploring architectural and urban space and Shawcross creates static and moving sculptures which explore geometry, philosophy, physics and metaphysics. The four artists live and work in London, and while each has an international and prolific career none have a permanent sculpture in the city. This list is an illustrious and varied one, befitting of the ground breaking artist of her time, Barbara Hepworth.”

The Barbara Hepworth sculpture was stolen from Dulwich Park last year following several incidents of metal theft in the capital. Since then, following a national campaign to target metal theft, the council has enforced measures to protect the boroughs most valued artefacts including the Henry Moore sculpture on the Brandon Estate.

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Notes to editors

Biography of artists Anya Gallaccio Born in Paisley, Scotland 1963 Anya Gallaccio’s work is concerned with nature, beauty and the passing of time and often uses ephemeral materials to refer to the cyclic nature of life and death. Often her work includes organic materials which undergo a change during the course their life, nodding to the core aspects of her practice: change and transformation. Her sculptures have a multi-sensory and experimental element which allows the viewer to engage with their rich tactile qualities. The conceptual framework of her art is often developed from the specific site and its historic resonance, yet she stays loyal to her themes of preservation versus perishability, the natural versus the artificial. Anya lives and works in London.

Education Kingston Polytechnic, 1984–85 Goldsmiths College, London 1985–88

Selected Exhibitions

Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, UK, 2012 Highway, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, NL, 2011 Where is Where it’s at, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK, 2010 Eastshire Museum, Scotland, 2010 Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2011 Camden Arts Centre, 2008 Three Sheets to the Wind, Thomas Dane Gallery, 2007 Ryan Gander – Born in Chester, 1976 Ryan Gander has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms, from installations, sculptures and photographs to performative lectures, publications, inventions and interventions. His associative thought processes connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace. His work is often humorous, and challenges the viewer to fill in the gaps, whether establishing a story’s hidden character or an object’s possible function. Creating narratives that are hidden within the work, his inclusion of missing pieces allows us to make up our own stories and explore our own ideas, allowing us to take the work to unexpected and new places. Lives and works in London and Suffolk

Education BA (hons) Interactive Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1999 Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, 2000 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 2002

Selected Exhibitions Esperluette, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012/2013 Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, 2012 dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany 2012 Yokohama Triennale, Japan, 2011 Locked Room Scenario, Artangel, London, 2011 Intervals, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2011 Prizes Zürich Art Prize (2009) ABN Amro Art Price (2006) Baloise Art Statements of the Art Conrad Shawcross Born 1977 Conrad Shawcross’ static and moving geometric sculptures in wood and metal appear to be scientific and rational, but they each explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. Inspired by failed quests for knowledge of the past, he often appropriates redundant theories and methodologies to create structural and mechanical montages. His work while systematic often combines irrational and rational elements to create beautiful, majestic works that bewitch viewers with their design and function. , London Lives and works in London

Education MFA, Slade School of Art in 2001 BA in Fine Art, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, 1999.

Selected Exhibitions MUDAM Luxembourg, 2012 Turner Contemporary Margate, 2011 The Science Museum, 2011 Pace Gallery, New York, 2010 Eva Rothschild Born Dublin, 1972 Lives and works in London In Eva Rothschild’s sculptures, the magical meets the minimal. She plays on our tendency to imbue objects with meaning and power beyond their mere existence, prompted by the knowledge and beliefs we bring to them. Hints of spiritualism, mysticism and the aesthetics of New Ageism, as well as ideas around craft and its various associations, are clearly present in her work. Rothschild harnesses these diverse influences by using evocative materials, such as leather fringe and incense sticks, and by mining an archive of universally resonant forms, such as spheres and pyramids. Her interest in elemental shapes recalls the Minimalists’ pursuit of purity of form, but she also questions whether archetypal forms can be seen simply as form or whether they will be forever associated with layers of spiritual and psychic meaning.

Education BA (hons) Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast 1993 MA Fine Art, Goldsmith’s College, London 1999 Selected Exhibitions Douglas Hyde, Dublin, Ireland, 2012 Sightings The Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas, TX, USA, 2012 Childrens Art Commission: Eva Rothschild: Boys and Sculpture, The Whitechapel Gallery, London 2012 The Modern Institute, Glasgow 2012 The Heart of the Thousand Petalled Lotus, 303 Gallery, New York, 2011 Hot Touch, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, 2011 Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland, 2009 La Conservera: Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Murcia, Spain, 2009 Tate Britain, London, 2008

The Steering Group members are:

    • Councillor Hargrove – Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Recycling
    • Councillor Ward – Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure, Sport and the Olympic Legacy
    • Ian Dejardin – Dulwich Picture Gallery
    • Ian McInnes – Dulwich Society
    • Trevor Moore – Dulwich Park Friends
    • Deborah Collins – London Borough of Southwark Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure
    • Rachael Roe – London Borough of Southwark Arts Officer
    • Rebecca Towers – London Borough of Southwark Parks and Open Spaces Manager

The Contemporary Art Society Founded in 1910, the Contemporary Art Society exists to develop public collections of contemporary art in the UK, providing vital support to artists, curators, museums and their audiences. Having played a unique, visionary role in the formation of national public collections, the Contemporary Art Society has developed an unrivalled reputation for being `ahead of the curve’ in identifying artists who go on to establish international reputations at an early stage of their career. Recent commissions for the Olympic Park, London School of Economics and Heathrow T5 demonstrate the breadth of experience the organization brings to the Dulwich Park project.

All the proceeds generated through the Contemporary Art Society’s Consultancy are reinvested back into the society’s charitable mission to acquire new works of art for public collections and their audiences across the UK.