Last night was so very exciting, when I talked to my Husband he said the Judges told him it was a unanimous decision and they decided the minute he stepped out the door. “He is a breath of fresh air in the art world”. Today they announced “An exciting yet challenging few months lie ahead for sculptor Sam Shendi who has been awarded £10,000 towards the cost of producing his large-scale sculpture, which will be exhibited for the first time in the Forecourt of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in October this year. Congratulations!
The jury were looking for a realistic and achievable proposal, an innovative and exciting concept and very importantly, someone who would maximize the potential of this career-changing opportunity. Sam Shendi ticked all of these boxes and convinced the jury that they deserved to win this prestigious award.
The five Finalist’s maquettes, all interesting and exceptional in their own way, can be viewed at the Royal British Society of Sculptors from 31 January – 29 April 2013 Gallery open: Wednesday – Friday 12.30 – 5.30pm (or by appointment)
The website says that The winner of 2013 FIRST@108:
- will be awarded £10,000 to create a full-scale sculpture based on their proposal and maquette.
- be contracted to produce and exhibit the work at the RBS in South Kensington, London from October 2013 for three months with a possible later exhibition at another London venue.
- have the opportunity to be mentored by an RBS sculptor with substantial experience in public art commissions.
At the same time The Affordable Art Fair also had a preview last night and my husband has work there. This morning he rang me and within the conversation he said a friend of his had ‘tweeted that he was talking to Bob Gelllloffffff whilst looking at his work. Did I know who he was…?? No. I was a little perplexed, how would I know who he was. “The Guy who sings for Africa” he said Oh Bob Geldof!There have been numerous messages of support on twitter
@SamShendi. So a really HUGE thank you to all the lovely support. I am so proud, really is an understatement.