Competition to produce sculptural work for the Loughborough University campus

LU Arts unveils new competition giving students and graduates the chance to produce sculptural work for the University campus.

If you’re interested in proudly displaying your work alongside over 40 other sculptures across the Loughborough site - including pieces by artists Lynn Chadwick, Bernard Schottlander and Margaret Traherne - then keep reading.

The work is to adorn the exterior wall of the Eccleston Student Engineering Centre, which provides space and equipment for students to conduct extra-curricular engineering experiments.

It’s the home of Loughborough’s Formula Student racing team, who design and build a racing car for the Formula Student competition each year; the University’s Space Society; and is used for a wide variety of projects exploring means of travel and communication across the ground and through the air.

Therefore, the sculpture must be inspired by the processes, forms or imagery of automotive and aeronautical engineering.

Who is this competition open to?

Funded by a donation from Barry and Valerie Eccleston, the competition is open to all current Loughborough University students, as well as those who have graduated from the University (including Loughborough University London) from 2010 onwards.

It is also open to both individuals and groups, however 50% of the group must be Loughborough University or Loughborough University London students or alumni.

The winner will receive a budget of £10,000 and an additional fee of £3,000, alongside mentorship to enable the realisation of the work, which is to be unveiled at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

There will also be two runner-up prizes of £500 available for outstanding proposals.

More information on the brief, the application proposal you are required to produce, as well as the process of this project can be found on the full call-out here.

Competition deadline

The deadline for proposals is midday, Wednesday 25 November 2020. For further enquiries please contact LU Arts’ Programme Coordinator David Bell by emailing

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.