Maidstone public art commission

Area: Maidstone, Kent

Deadline: midnight, Tuesday 10 March 2020

Maidstone Borough Council would like to invite an artist to develop a permanent public artwork for the forecourt of the newly refurbished Maidstone East Railway Station, a strategically significant project in the regeneration of the town centre.

There is a strong preference for a dinosaur-themed sculpture since Maidstone is the only town in the UK to feature a dinosaur on its coat of arms. The remains of an Iguanodon were discovered during a quarry excavation on Queen’s Road in 1834 and proved to be an internationally significant find. The original fossil now resides in the Natural History Museum, with a replica cast held at Maidstone
Museum. The dinosaur was added to the coat of arms in 1946. 

Artists are free to work in any medium and to interpret the Iguanodon in any way they wish, but the work must be permanent and conceived with a clear understanding of the location and footfall the area will experience. Artists are also invited to consider how the artwork could be used to raise the profile and celebrate our Museum and heritage. 

The piece should be dramatic, eye-catching and fun, creating an iconic focus for the new forecourt.

While a dinosaur sculpture is the preferred option, alternative ideas may also be considered where the artist can demonstrate a strong, clear concept. 

Network Rail are currently carrying out a £2.5m redevelopment of Maidstone East Station, which is a key part of plans to regenerate the area and create a gateway to the town.

Please email [email protected] for the full Commission Brief and details on how to apply.