New art work being chosen for the ‘W4th Plinth’ in Chiswick

Image above: One of the submissions for the next artwork on the W4th Plinth

Record 469 entries

Every six months or so Abundance London changes the public art work on the brick wall of the railway embankment at Turnham Green Terrace, and a change is due.

The NASA photograph of the world will be coming down, to be replaced by one of a record 469 artworks submitted for consideration.

A panel of judges will narrow the options to a shortlist before putting it to a public vote.

Image above: Current artwork on the railway embankment wall

The W4th Plinth art project was launched in September 2019 with an artwork by Sir Peter Blake, showing the Music Hall entertainers who had performed at the Chiswick Empire theatre. Sir Peter Blake and Chrissy Blake have been on the panel of judges for subsequent artworks and now, after several years on the jury, they have decided to step back, leaving the stage to a new jury.

Over the next fortnight the jury will be working their way through this amazing wealth of imagery, narrowing down the selection to a longlist which they will then meet to discuss. A shortlist will then be presented for public vote, to choose the works which will be installed from this spring.

Here are some of the entries:

Images above: Some of the artwork under consideration

Judges

There are seven members of the judging panel:

Peter Burgess

Peter trained at the Royal College of Art and went on to study painting and portraiture with Patrick Gozzo in Agen, France. An experienced teacher and arts organiser, Peter has also received numerous awards for his work. His painting was included in the 2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2015 he started Chiswick Art School which offers classes in fine art and ceramics.

Sarah Cruz

Sarah is the co-founder of Abundance London. Since 2010 Sarah and her Abundance partner Karen have dedicated themselves to improving the W4 area with community, horticulture and art projects. Sarah designed and artworked the Chiswick Timeline mural in 2018. She is proud to be involved with the W4th Plinth since its inception. She is also a founding member of the Chiswick Cheese Market. In her day job Sarah is a multi award winning packaging designer. She is currently the creative director for an agency specialising in wine label design.

Karen Liebreich

Karen is co-founder and director of Abundance London. For over a decade Abundance has carried out various horticultural, educational and artistic projects around Chiswick, including the Timeline mural, the Butterfly Wall (on the old police station), the W4th Plinth, Chiswick in Ceramic, Chiswick without Frontiers (at the Library), as well as looking after some 15 pocket gardens. Karen is also a director of the Chiswick Flower Market. IRL Karen is a writer.

Images above: Some of the artwork under consideration

Steve Nutt

Steve is a local surveyor who has been part of Abundance London for the last four years. He has lived in Chiswick for 35 years. The W4th Plinth was originally his idea, and he is responsible for its installation, as well as its inception. Other projects include the Butterfly Wall on the old police station. He is also a director of the Chiswick Flower Market.

Tanya Saunders

Tanya studied Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She then curated several exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as carrying out historical research for commercial art publications. Since 2004 she has been co-owner and director of Saunders Fine Art, London. Since 2013 she has been running Make+Paint art clubs, nurturing children’s artistic imaginations through creative processes. Her work was included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2019. In 2022 Tanya became Head of Art at Kensington Prep School. She is a long-time collaborator with Abundance on various community art projects,including the Butterfly Wall, Chiswick in Ceramic and the Abundance pocket garden signage

Georgia Simmonds

Georgia studied BA Textile Design, specialising in print, at Central Saint Martins before embarking on a career in fashion journalism. She has written for ELLE UK, Grazia, The Guardian and Net a Porter. Georgia is currently an art and photography teacher at ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form in Chiswick and also keeps up her own painting practice.

Karen Wyatt

Karen Wyatt is a partner at Wyatts Chartered Accountants, specialising in small businesses and charities. She has been Finance Director for Abundance for over ten years, as well as serving as trustee for other environmental charities. She has also been Chairman of Governors for various local schools. Karen is also a collector of art and studies art history.

Images above: Some of the artwork under consideration

To see all 469 images under consideration, go here: W4 Plinth entries

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