13/3/2024     |     Concours

Peace Sculpture - The Winners

County Hall Arts is pleased to announce the selection and commissioning of two joint winners in respect of its Peace Sculpture Concours.

Cathy Lewis is one of the foremost figurative sculptors working in the UK. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Falmouth School of Art and the University of the West of England, she has built a reputation for producing exquisite works concerned with ideas around social culture and history.

A maquette of Cathy’s striking and evocative sculpture - to be made in clay and cast from bronze - can be viewed below. She comments:

"My aim is to produce a sculpture which is not tied to any one faith or country and can communicate a feeling of peace, wellbeing and freedom for all. I want the work to convey, both the feeling of a personal inner peace as well as hope for wider global peace."

Meanwhile, Houssam el Ghallal is an emerging Moroccan multidisciplinary artist, working with a variety of mediums from traditional to digital. A graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan, he was chosen as the competition’s second joint winner.

Houssam’s proposed work is entitled “Chess Peace” and is to be made from ‘cédre' wood and bronze. He explains:

" 'Chess Peace' stands as a monumental sculpture that reimagines the conventional pawn chess piece, transmuting it into a symbol of harmony. By juxtaposing the dove, universally recognised for peace, with the chess piece, traditionally seen as a mere pawn in strategic games, the sculpture challenges the conventional belief that individuals lack significant agency in shaping international peace. "

County Hall Arts first sculpture concours launched in June 2023. Artists were invited to submit proposals for a ‘Peace’ themed sculpture to serve as a symbol of our never-ending quest for global peace in these uncertain and unsettling times. 100 entries were received.

Cathy and Houssam are currently working on their respective sculptures - with each to be installed at the historic County Hall in London later this year. "Two runners-up (Isabel Langtry and Robert Truscott) have also each been awarded a cash prize of €1,500."

Indeed, we congratulate our joint winners and runners up - and thank all entrants to the concours, the standard of submissions was impressively high.

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