A long-running campaign to create a lasting monument celebrating Leeds women has been re-energised as the submissions deadline looms.
The YEP last year joined Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves and council leader Judith Blake to call for a statue reflecting on the city’s history of strong female pioneers and record-breakers.
Leeds Arts University is now a leader of the project, and the piece could be an innovative, abstract or conceptual sculpture rather than necessarily being a realistic portrayal of a historical figure.
The submissions deadline is Friday, September 21 to apply for the project.
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The university is looking to shortlist four artists to each receive £1,000 to make a small maquette of their idea, which will be exhibited in the institution’s new gallery space in Blenheim Walk in May 2019.
A final sculptor will then be selected to create the piece for a site at Quarry Hill, with an unveiling expected in June 2020.
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Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Arts University, said: “We are delighted to be involved in such an inspirational project delivering greater representation for women in public art in the city.
“Leeds Arts University has a rich heritage of supporting pioneering women sculptors, including the iconic Barbara Hepworth, and we’re keen to continue that tradition.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for established and up-and-coming artists to create something truly innovative, celebrating the accomplishments of multiple women in Leeds in a new and exciting way.
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“As the deadline for submissions approaches, I look forward to seeing the proposals and for the university to play a part in the creation of something iconic to inspire the next generation."
Submissions are open to all, not just students at the university.
Applicants will need to provide a 500 word proposal statement, CV and images.
To apply, log on to www.leeds-art.ac.uk/feminist-public-sculpture and download an artist’s brief form.