Major art opportunity

21 October, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Artists and art students in Kent, Sussex and Surrey are being given the opportunity to create a major artwork for one of Kent’s most prestigious new office buildings and receive £7,250 in prize money.

Law firm Cripps – one of the largest in the South East – is moving into new state of the art offices in central Tunbridge Wells at the end of the year and is commissioning a piece of art to install in the foyer of its new premises. The work will be visible from outside and from the major road outside the building as well.

All art forms will be considered and initial proposals, together with a brief description, supporting drawings and examples of previous work, should be sent to art consultant June Frickleton ( by midnight on Sunday 30 October. A shortlist will be drawn up by 3 November and selected artists invited to provide a more detailed proposal. The winner will be chosen by 16 November and work to an installation date of 23 January 2017.

“We are looking for a statement piece which will reflect the quality of the building and become a talking point for staff, visitors and passers-by,” said Gavin Tyler, managing partner of Cripps. “We are asking for submissions from students as well as professionals as we want to promote budding artists as well as the more experienced. We are also limiting it to Kent, Sussex and Surrey, as we are keen to support local artists.

“The piece should reflect our values as a business and be tailored to the space. Although there is no set theme to the artwork it should be sensitive to a public environment.”

Cripps’ new premises is the largest office building to have been built in the town for more than 25 years and with over 350 staff, the firm is one of the town’s largest employers.