The Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth Programme
Every 18 months The Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth programme invites leading artists to enter new works for display in Trafalgar Square. London has seen a collection of fascinating and often controversial commissions displayed on the plinth.
Each year, the Mayor of London invites London’s schools to enter their own ideas for the Fourth Plinth. The award gives children a chance to get involved with public art and offer their views of London.
This year Emerson Park Academy entered 83 submissions from Year 7 pupils. Pupils worked over the half-term break on their entries and amazed staff when they brought their sculptures into school on their return. Submissions included an enormous football boot, a colourful dinosaur, sculptures in plaster, a tower of cards, and a fried breakfast made from clay.
Art & Design Teacher Miss Lines said
‘The Fourth Plinth Schools Award is a fantastic opportunity for children and the response from my pupils has been fantastic. I am extremely proud of Year 7 for being extremely creative and ambitious with their ideas.’ All 83 entries are currently displayed on the Mayor of London’s website & one winner has been selected.
Year 7 Pupil Daniel Quilter’s thoughtful artwork ‘Hearts to Grenfell’ has won a prize and Daniel has been invited to the awards ceremony at City Hall on 26 April 2018. The awards will be presented by Heather Phillipson, this year's judge.