Sue Ecclestone, Founder of the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize is delighted to announce that the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize has been added to the 2021 Awards.
Founded in 2017, the prize is part of a wider project to assist and celebrate emerging women artists and is becoming one of the annual highlights for women painters trying to gain recognition for their work. Sponsored by Dame Emma Thompson, art supply company Cass Art, Art Strategics Ltd, the Mall Galleries and incorporating The Tim May Memorial Prize, this year’s prize has expanded to include an award for a woman sculptor.
Sue Ecclestone commented, ‘After such a difficult 2020 we are delighted to announce the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize for 2021, generously sponsored by Lady Petchey, aka Frances Segelman, herself a sculptor.’
Lady Petchey said, ‘I am delighted to sponsor the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize, recognising the achievements of women in sculpture. As a self taught sculptor I know just how challenging it can be to succeed, and I hope this prize will encourage and inspire the next generation of women sculptors.’
Despite the challenges and restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sue pushed forward with the 2020 prize which emerged bigger and better than previous years, managing to add five new awards to the Prize. She also reported a bumper number of entries for 2020, adding, ‘I think the artists relished having something to focus on and a purpose to work towards.’
The support of Lady Petchey is a real bonus for this women’s art prize. Lady Petchey, or Frances Segelman as she is known in the artworld, is a renowned sculptor who has modelled the features of a stella cast list including the Royal Family. Lady Petchey and her husband Sir Jack, share a true spirit of generosity and support numerous charities as well as heading the Jack Petchey Foundation.
With the addition of the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize, Sue Ecclestone and the Holly Bush sponsors are set to strengthen their impact on the campaign to gain greater recognition for women artists. The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize opened for entries on 8th March and the deadline for entries is 6th June 2021. The entry fee is £15 for up to 2 works.