Competition launched to design new park sculpture

Release Date: 03 June 2020

Residents are invited to design a new sculpture for Kneller Gardens which celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the park.

As part of the Friendly Parks for All programme, the Council would like to install a new sculpture, at the Mereway Road entrance, that could be tactile and interactive, enabling visitors with disabilities or dementia to enjoy it as well.

Local residents and all who visit the park are invited to take inspiration from the river, biodiversity and ecology, trees, wildlife and local history – and come up with a new piece of community-designed artwork.

The work of art could be interactive, use interesting shapes or textures or be designed to stimulate all the senses.

Entrants can work alone or in groups and must submit their designs using drawings, images or photographs.

The winning design must be original and not subject to copyright.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Cllr Julia Neden Watts, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee for Richmond Council, said:

"This is a lovely project and perfect for lockdown. Our parks and open spaces have played a very important role over the past few weeks. I hope that people have been inspired by nature and a sense of local community and that many of you will submit creative designs that could be turned into reality. This will be a wonderful legacy for the local area.”

As part of the project we are working with people who are blind or have visual impairments so we are interested in tactile designs that can be used to enrich their visit.

Cost of fabrication and material used will be considered by the judging panel.

The submissions must be either emailed to or submitted via Instagram @friendlyparksforall

Notes for editors

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Reference: P203/20

Updated: 30 June 2020