Five students from UEL in the running to create new sculpture for London

Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, has partnered with the University of East London to provide Fine Art and Architecture students with an opportunity to examine and discover the inherent qualities of Kebony, enabling them to develop their own proposition for a sculpture.

Students were invited to submit their innovative, experimental and materials-led concept proposals to the highly acclaimed judging panel comprising: Thomas Hoegh, Chairman of the Board at Kebony and Founder of Arts Alliance; Simon Robertshaw, Dean of the School of Arts & Digital Industries at the University of East London; Michael Pinsky, a member of the University’s staff sculptural artists; Our very own founder David Morris, Design Exchange – also  media partner – and Susie Allen, Co-curator of The Line and Founding Director of Artwise Curators and of the Charity Art Lights London.

The proposals were judged on a set of criteria examining the originality of concept, innovative use of Kebony wood, project viability, clarity of vision and relevance to the brief. A shortlist of five has been selected and asked to create a small model of their design which will be presented to the panel on Monday 4 December. The successful entrants are:

Ian Bennett

Felicia Cooper

Nelson Cunha

Aaron Doig

Michael Nash

The winner of the Kebony – UEL sculpture competition will be announced on Monday 4 December and will be presented with a cash prize, in addition to guidance and support from both the University and Kebony to craft their sculpture to scale. The final design will then be exhibited in a Central London location which will be revealed after the winner has been announced.

Kebony/UEL sculpture competition

Proposal by Aaron Doig

Kebony/UEL sculpture competition

Proposal by Aaron Doig

Alexis Harding, Course Leader at the University of East London commented: “This competition has been a fantastic opportunity for UEL students to showcase their creative talent. With the help of our esteemed graduate technician, Daryl Brown, the students have experimented with Kebony and discovered the materials impressive strength and durability. It’s been exciting to see how initial concepts have progressed and I cannot wait to see how these develop into maquettes.” 

Sabine Domayer, Marketing Manager at Kebony explained: “The team at Kebony has been thoroughly impressed with the quality of proposals produced so far. Kebony is a unique and versatile material; as such we have been seeking innovative designs and new ways of working with the wood. We would like to congratulate those shortlisted and thank all students who took part in sharing their initial concept proposals.”

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