Sunday March 24, 2019



calling all local sculptors - competition now open!

The Hackney Road Sculpture Prize is an exciting competition to find a new and unique sculpture which will be included in regeneration plans for Hackney Road in East London. The sculpture will be placed in the heart of a new mixed-use development providing over 1,000 new local jobs and over 200 new local homes by Regal Homes, and promises the potential of being a future local landmark. We are now inviting submissions, so contact us for a competition entry form.

Eastside are delighted to be involved with the support and promotion of this unique opportunity for visual artists, both professional and emerging. The winning artist will receive funds to make their sculpture, as well as a £1,000 cash prize, and the exciting chance to have their piece exhibited as a public work of art. For more information or to receive an application form, please email: 


Christopher Enticott, Director, Eastside Educational Trust, comments: "Regal Homes were interested in how they could reflect the area's local creativity within their regeneration plans for Hackney Road and we were only too happy to help when they approached us. This is an amazing opportunity for an artist’s work to become a cherished local landmark and Eastside is thrilled to be launching the Hackney Road Sculpture Prize. This is a genuine opportunity for one budding young artist to launch their career and make a real name for them."


Paul Eden, Co-Founder, Regal Homes, added: "Regal Homes are planning a bold employment-led regeneration scheme on the Hackney Road, offering flexible and affordable workspaces for emerging East London tech firms and start-ups; as well as new homes and amenities. This is an incredibly vibrant and creative place and the public realm should reflect these valuable local attributes. With this competition, we hope to take advantage of the inspiration right here on our doorstep."


Leading London developer Regal Homes only build in London and developments are situated in regeneration areas near transportation hubs where the design and quality developments bring benefit to the community. They are keen for the new public realm to be inspiring and reflect this vibrant area’s creativity so with this in mind, the theme of ‘Regeneration’ has been decided and will really give artists the chance to explore their creativity and skills and pay homage to the local area.


East London artist Patrick Hughes and London-based designer Mike Rundell will together judge the competition.


Patrick Hughes is widely recognised as one of the major artists of contemporary British art, he is also a designer, teacher and writer. He has been living above his studio in East London for 20 years and held his first show in 1961. Patrick Hughes said: "I have lived and worked in Hackney for twenty years. It was a Bermuda triangle of dereliction then, now it has changed. Shoreditch and Haxton have joined up to be a creative Shockston." Find out moreabout Patrick Hughes and his work. 


Mike Rundell has a background in both engineering and fine Art and had worked with the likes of Damien Hirst and Jay Jopling. His Practice, MRJ Rundell+ Associates, offers clients a uniquely personalised architecture and design service for projects of every size. Mike Rundell said: "An element of artistic creativity is crucial when designing new buildings and places, so I really welcome this competition to design a sculpture which will not only celebrate the area’s regeneration, but also Hackney's breadth of creative talent."


This really is a fantastic opportunity for sculptors in London, and we are encouraging all our creative networks to spread the word and have the chance to become a part of London’s architectural history.


For more information on the competition rules, and to receive an application form, please email:


The Hackney Road Sculpture Prize is supported by Regal Homes. Below are the competition judges Patrick Hughes and Mike Rundell. 




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