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Nominate your favourite artwork

Nominate your favourite artwork

People living and working in Kent are being asked to nominate their favourite piece of art for the 2009 Rouse Kent Public Art Award.

To be eligible for the award, the work must be in a public space to which the public has free access, be the work of a professional artist, have been completed between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2009 and have a lasting impact on its environment.

The award is given every two years by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Kent County Council. The winner will be decided by a panel of art experts and senior figures from the county.

This year the panel will be chaired by Janet Street-Porter, writer, broadcaster and Editor at Large of the Independent on Sunday, who has appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘F-Word’ and was a contestant in ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here’.

Janet trained as an architect before entering journalism and is a regular commentator on the arts. She said: “It's important that art in public spaces is of a really high standard and I am happy to help achieve that.”

The total prize money for the award is £15,000, funded by Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Kent County Council. The first prize of £7,000 will go to the winning artist, with £5,000 to the winning work’s commissioner and a second prize of £3,000 will go to the runner up artist. Judging will take place in April, with the winner being announced at a VIP ceremony at Kings Hill in May.

“The award has been around for 14 years and we believe Kent is richer in public art as a result. By giving this award we aim to encourage new commissions and exciting artworks for the county,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. 

Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Kent County Council values this award as an opportunity to highlight the good practice that is developing in the county in relation to commissioning public art. The award is an opportunity for the commercial sector, the public sector and the arts sector to come together to celebrate joint aspirations.” 

Nomination forms for entries to the award can be downloaded from www.rousekentpublicartaward.co.uk and the closing date for entries, which will be for works completed within the last two years, will be 30 March 2009.

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