Keele 50th anniversary sculpture commission

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Posted on 24 November 2011

A new sculpture is to be commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the award of Keele University’s Charter as a university.

The commission, to be funded by alumni and other donations, is for an outdoor sculpture that would be the centrepiece of a major redevelopment of Union Square, situated at the heart of the Staffordshire campus.

Union Square is the focal point of university life for students, staff, local residents and visitors.  It is adjacent to shops, cafes and bars and close to the library and chapel.  The area incorporates areas of grass and mature trees providing a multi-functional space. The commission is for a major piece of sculpture that will be substantial in scale and a striking feature at the centre of the Square.
The successful commission will represent the character and founding philosophy of the University and reflect its ambitions for itself and its future graduates. The aim would be to encapsulate the breadth and concept of Keele’s dual honours courses, the interdisciplinary nature of the University, and other elements of its ethos, which are about sustainability, internationalisation and personal endeavour and achievement.

As a major long term investment, and a distinctive landmark on the campus,  the sculpture will be one that students identify with as being part of their experience of Keele and a piece that engages the interest of visitors.
A call for the submission of design concepts was made this week (18 Nov), with closing date of 5 January 2012. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to develop their proposal in the following weeks and attend a meeting at Keele give a presentation.  Installation of the winning proposal will take place in October and the statue will be unveiled in November as a finale to the year of celebration.

The University already has a small number of sculptures that have been commissioned or donated throughout its fifty years and this new commission will be part of the art collection, as well as contributing to the environment in which it is placed.

Submissions should be sent to:

John McCarthy
Director of Marketing& Communications
Keele University
t: 01782 734942