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Invitation to Sculptors

The Jack Leslie Campaign is inviting prospective sculptors to confirm their interest in creating a quality statue of Jack Leslie.

The Campaign has hit its original minimum fund-raising target, and hopes to deliver a statue at Home Park next year (2021 being the Centenary year of Jack Leslie arriving in Plymouth) .

However, our fundraising continues as we seek to create the best possible statue, on a suitable plinth with surrounding information, and lighting, as well as continuing with our education work (1).

The Campaign has already been contacted by many prospective sculptors who are enthusiastic about this fantastic opportunity. (2) This includes highly acclaimed sculptors with great experience and expertise, as well as up-and-coming artists.

Now, as the first part of the commissioning process, the Campaign is looking to cast the potential net as wide as possible, to ensure as diverse a range of ideas and expertise as possible. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit expressions of interest and are invited to contact the Campaign by mid-day on 31st December 2020 by email to JackLeslieStatue@gmail.com

All that is required at this stage is contact details: email and telephone, and links to a website or any portfolio pieces. Please do not send written brochures or materials.

All those who have expressed an interest, both before and after this call out, will then receive further instructions on the commissioning and selection process, the criteria, and an opportunity to submit more initial design ideas to meet those criteria. 

On receipt of these, the co-founders, who have taken advice from experts in the field and will continue to do so (3), will draw up an initial “long-list” to be discussed with the committee and family.

After further enquiries including interviews, a final short-list will be compiled before the difficult but exciting decision is made to select and commission the final winning design.

At the appropriate stages, the Campaign will consult with key partners and, of course, Jack’s family.

But for now, we are taking the first step, by throwing out an invitation to sculptors to get in touch, and for the public to spread the word to encourage as many talented artists as possible to contact us.

NOTES

1 The campaign is particularly keen to hear from businesses who would like to get involved. These extra funds will not only help the statue project, but also the educational work involving the monument and the Jack Leslie story. Please contact us for more information: jacklesliecampaign@gmail.com

2 Some sculptors have already submitted design ideas, and even maquettes (a scaled model of what a prospective statue may look like). These are all welcome, but no promises or commitments have been made, and the formal process starts now.

3 The Campaign is also interested in taking advice from those from or with links to diverse communities. If funds allow, we shall consider hiring a creative consultant in this area. As we intend to spend the money raised so far on creating the statue, we would love a company to sponsor this area of project work – please get in touch if you would like to assist with this by email to jacklesliecampaign@gmail.com