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Immortalised: A Design Competition

We are inviting proposals for new ways of remembering events, people and identities in the public realm.

Enter our design competition, one of the key events of the Immortalised season, before 5pm on Tuesday 8 May.

Download the competition pack

About the competition

This competition forms an integral part of the Immortalised season, which aims to encourage new thinking around the production, use and appearance of monuments and memorials in public life.

2018 is a particularly significant year for anniversaries in England, with events up and down the country commemorating the end of the First World War and the victory of the Votes for Women campaign. New statues, plaques and memorials are planned to mark these important historical moments, helping bring to the surface previously overlooked stories and individuals. In response - and recognising that artists, architects and designers have always played a key role in shaping our commemorative landscape - we want to explore alternative approaches to public memory in England. What will the monument of the future look like, and who or what should it remember?

In Britain, artists such as Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread have long questioned the form and function of our commemorative practices, while the Fourth Plinth in London has provided a highly visible platform for new approaches to public sculpture. This competition aims to encourage wider participation in such thinking, as well as opening up the debate around who or what should be 'immortalised' today.

Image of the Women of Steel statue in Sheffield which honours the thousands of women from across South Yorkshire who – during the first and the second world wars - took jobs in the factories and steel mills whose male workers were away fighting.
The Women of Steel statue in Sheffield which honours the thousands of women from across South Yorkshire who – during the first and the second world wars - took jobs in the factories and steel mills whose male workers were away fighting. © Copyright Matt Brown via FlickR (creative commons license)

How to enter the competition

To enter the competition, please download the competition pack and submit your proposal following the terms and conditions of the competition. There is no entry fee for this competition and the submission deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 8 May.

This is a two-stage competition. From this initial open call, ten submissions will be selected to develop their ideas for display in the Immortalised exhibition, due to open in London in September 2018. Depending on the proposal, these may be 1:1, scaled down, or a representation of the imagined final work. The selected submissions will represent each of our nine regions, plus one for stories that are of national significance. The regional selection will be based on the proposed site of the memorial, rather than the applicant's residence. If your idea doesn't relate to a specific place or crosses multiple regions, you should work towards the 'National Significance' category.

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