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The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (MTSA) is the most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK: offering £8,000 in financial support towards the making of new work, plus a solo show at Standpoint Gallery.

The MTSA seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material.

The recipient is selected from an open call by a panel, guest selectors have included Richard Deacon CBE, british sculptor, Lisa Le Feuvre, executive director of the Holt-Smithson Foundation, Cornelia Parker OBE, RA, english sculptor and installation artist and Clare Lilley, director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Touring Programme

We are delighted to announce the MTSA now includes a UK touring exhibition programme, launching at Cross Lane Projects , Kendal this autumn. This is a major development for the award and will see the winner’s exhibition reaching out to new audiences across the UK.

More information to follow.

Applications 2018-19

Applications now closed

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Winner 2018-19

We are delighted to announce that Anna Reading has won the 2018-19 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.


Background of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Mark Tanner was a British Sculptor who trained at St. Martin's College of Art and had been associated with Standpoint since its inception. He worked mainly in steel, and was one of the first artists to show in Standpoint Gallery. He died in 1998 after a long illness.

The Mark Tanner Award was established in 2001, on the initiative of and with full sponsorship from a private charitable trust, to keep alive the passion and enthusiasm he had for the making of art.

A decade of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award


Thinking is Making: Presence and Absence in Contemporary Sculpture

by Herbert Martin and Fiona MacDonald

Published by 'Black Dog’ in celebration of a decade of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

The book includes essays by Martin Herbert on the changing role of the object within recent and contemporary sculpture, a short history of sculptural practice as taught at St. Martins School of Art during the 1960s and 70s by Matilda Strang (independent curator) and an introduction and commentary on each of the past winners of the award by Fiona MacDonald (curator Standpoint Gallery).

It is a large format, hardback book of circa 200 pages, with beautiful images.

It is available from Standpoint Gallery for £25 - call in or contact us, for information on how to purchase via post.

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