KYN Hurlingham - exhibiting opportunity

Deadline: 18/06/2024

City: London  |  Region: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Lorraine Pajak

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KYN HURLINGHAM, a new care home in Parsons Green, would like to site a sculpture in its garden to celebrate its opening in Summer 2024. This opportunity is open to members of the Royal Society of Sculptors only.

About KYN

KYN blends unrivalled care provision with exceptional hospitality and beautiful design centred around the individual.

Our second home, KYN Hurlingham, opening in June 2024, is a Grade II listed building, neighbouring the prestigious Hurlingham Club along the eastern side of Hurlingham Park. Originally built as a ‘Ragged School’ in 1855, the site has also previously served as an open-air school for Brompton Hospital and a youth club. Now, as a KYN care home, the existing heritage and fabric of the building have been sympathetically restored to its former glory as a landmark building within the local area.

KYN is passionate about nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of our residents and we offer a wealth of opportunities to create, watch, listen, participate, and enjoy. The therapeutic benefits of the creative arts and their appreciation are well known and will play a key role in our programme. We hope that a sited sculpture will spark interest and conversation amongst residents, providing moments of connection, reflection, and relaxation.

Our garden will include biodiverse, therapeutic planting, a central lawn, and a kitchen garden space, designed to appeal to the senses and encourage residents to connect with nature throughout the year. We anticipate that the selected artwork will foster a sense of ownership and pride within the home.


The garden will play a significant role in both our opening programme and the ongoing lives of our residents. As such, we are seeking a piece sculpture which responds to the flora and natural beauty found within the space.  We are only considering existing artworks that are available for the required dates. 


Duration of Exhibition: 6 months

Artwork size: Up to 1.5m x 1.5m.

Durability: The artwork will be located in an outdoor space for the duration of 4 months and be exposed to weather and physical stresses. Applicants should therefore ensure that their submission will be structurally and materially sound for the duration.


There are several spaces within the garden which could host this sculpture, and we intend to work with the artist, architects, and landscapers to determine the best location for the artwork once selected.

Therefore, we welcome applications of sculptures which could be sited on either/both planted areas with a soil or lawn grounding, or a pathway made from permeable resin bound gravel. The artist will need to specify the requirements for installing and securing their sculpture upon point of selection.


The artist will be responsible for organising the transportation, installation, and de-installation of the work.

Support for the Artist

We will provide an artist fee of £500 (incl. VAT) and cover the costs of transportation, installation, de-installation and return of artwork to the artist.

Selection Panel

A KYN representative, KYN residents, a member of the Hurlingham Club and Laura Ford, President of the Royal Society of Sculptors. 


Selection - end of July

Results released - early August

Installation between w/c 2nd September to 8th September

Unveiling/ launch event 14th September 


By submitting an application, the entrant promises that all of the information comprised in the application is correct. The entrant also promises to comply with these rules and any other requirements specified by the Society (whether on its website or otherwise) and the Society reserves its right to exclude any entry which in its opinion does not comply.

All applications must be made using the online form. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Applications must be received by the closing date specified.

Any submissions must be lawful, it must not be offensive, obscene, racist, discriminating or otherwise objectionable and it must not contain any form of advertising.

Entrants grant the Royal Society of Sculptors and KYN HURLINGHAM the unrestricted right (without royalty) to reproduce images of any work in connection with the opportunity be it online, printed or otherwise disseminated.

The Judge’s decision is final. If the Royal Society of Sculptors is unable to contact any short-listed artist or winners via the email address supplied by the entrant, the shortlist position lapses and the Society reserves the right to select alternative winners.


Applications are welcomed from all Royal Society of Sculptors members. Please note that for your application to be accepted, your annual membership fee must be paid in full by the submission deadline or an existing quarterly direct debit be in place.


Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Members of the Royal Society of Sculptors only
When is the deadline?
Tuesday, 18 June 2024, 5pm.
How many works can I submit?
5 works for consideration. KYN are looking to choose one winning work.
When is the delivery date?
Delivery and installation will be between w/c 2nd September to 8th September
When do I need to collect my work?
A date for deinstallation and collection will be arranged with you.
How much does it cost?
This opportunity is free to enter.
Are there payments to artists?
A fee of £500 will be available. KYN will also cover the costs of transportation, installation, de-installation and return of the selected work.
Is there a private view / opening?
Unveiling/ launch event 14th September.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The work will be on show for residents, guests and general visitors during care home open hours.
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
News of the winning artist/ work will be posted to the Royal Society of Sculptors website and included in the Royal Society of Sculptors member newsletter. KYN HURLINGHAM will also announce the news via their own internal and social media channels.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, for the installation, deinstallation and launch event.

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