Morley Sculpture Competition Winner Announced
The winner of the Morley Sculpture Competition has now been selected and will have their work unveiled as part of this year's Festival of Arts and Culture.
The winner is long-time Morley student Molly Okell, who has taken several Sculpture and Printmaking courses with us over the last ten years. A well-established artist, Molly holds degrees in Illustration and Animation from the Camberwell College of Art and the Royal College of Art respectively. She is a previous winner of the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise, and set up and ran the animation company Straw Donkey from 1996-1998. She also worked for 4Music for a number of years as Head of Commercial Content, and is currently a Senior Lecturer on the Illustration Animation BA (Hons) programme at UCA Canterbury.
"I am delighted to have been given this unique opportunity to create a public sculpture celebrating both Morley College and the centenary of The Planets by the composer Gustav Holst," Molly says. "Holst’s music is both progressive and multifaceted and I intend to create a piece of work that reflects this.
"Morley College has been integral to the development of my sculptural practice since graduating from the Royal College of Art and I would like to thank the tutors and my fellow students for their input and support."
Molly was selected from a shortlist of five sculptors, following an interview with the judging panel. The selectors for the competition were Clare Burnett, the President of the Royal Society of Sculptors; Steve Burr, the Architect for the Morley rebuild; and Nick Rampley, the Vice Principal of Morley. Speaking about the finalists, the selectors said "We were very impressed by all of the shortlist, recognising the effort and achievement of all of the applications. We hope that the applicants found it as valuable and positive an experience as we did." The other shortlisted artists were Anna-Lena Ekenryd (named runner up and given a Special Mention), Danae Polyviou, Jonathan Silver, and Patsy Hickman.
As part of the prize, Molly has been provided with seven bags of cement to use in constructing her sculpture by competition sponsors Fibrocem. Fibrocem are a specialist division of the Wetherby Group, the UK's largest independent cement-based construction products manufacturer. For more information on Fibrocem and their products, visit their website or call them on 01845 578555.
Molly's finished sculpture will be placed on the inaugural "Fifth Plinth", which will be positioned in the new Morley entrance courtyard. It will be unveiled at the official opening of the new courtyard in September this year.