Top Judge

Top Judge

One of the highest profile art experts in the country will be chairing the judging panel of Kent’s most prestigious art award.

Award-winning Richard Cork, who recently appeared on ‘The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece’ about Van Eyck’s painting ‘The Annunciation’ on BBC2 and has written numerous art books, will be chairing the Rouse Kent Public Art Award 2007. He is a former Turner Prize judge and writes for many high profile publications, including the Guardian, the Times and the New Statesman.

“We are delighted that such a highly respected art expert has agreed to judge the award,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. “Richard was our panel chairman last year, too, and we are very fortunate that he has agreed to help us for a second year running.”

The award, which carries a total prize of £20,000, is given annually by Liberty Property Trust UK, the developer of the Kings Hill business park; Kent County Council and Arts Council England, South East.

There is still time for people in Kent to nominate their favourite piece of public art for the award – it can be anything to which the public has access, such as a sculpture, mosaic, wall hanging, street furniture or mural. The piece can be outside or inside, for instance in a library or park, and it must have been completed between April 2006 and March 2007.

Anyone wishing to nominate a piece of public art for the Rouse Kent Public Art Award should contact Clair Bushnell of Cultural Development, Kent County Council on 01622 696460/ Or download the nomination form on where details of past winners can also be seen. Closing date for entries is 2nd March.

The prize money for the main award totals £15,000 and this year there is a new home builder category with a prize of £5,000 for the best proposals for a public art commission for a new housing development in Kent

The judging panel will make its shortlist on 23rd March and the winner will be announced at a VIP dinner at the Kings Hill Golf Club on 23rd May.

Joining Richard on the judging panel will be Vivien Taylor, associate director and architect at Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd; Chris Marsh, managing director of Christopher Marsh & Co, architect, town planner and principal lecturer University of Westminster; Stephanie Fuller, South East visual arts officer (Public Art & Architecture), Arts Council England, South East; Kevin Wilson, director of Artpoint; Michael Pinsky, urban planner, researcher and artist; Trisha Gupta, director and group chief architect of Countryside Properties and Rick Kirby, artist and winner of the Rouse Kent Public Art Award in 1998 for ‘Ring of Hope’ in Cranbrook.

Last year’s winner was ‘Chatham Vines’ which was created by installation artist John Newling and commissioned by Medway Renaissance, Medway Council. As well as Chatham Vines, the other shortlisted pieces were 'Lamb' in Canterbury; 'Four Shores' in Sheppey and 'Somewhere We Meet' in Hextable.

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