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The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (MTSA) is the most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK: offering £10,000 in financial support towards the making of new work, plus a solo show at Standpoint Gallery.

The MTSA seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material.

The recipient is selected from an open call by a panel, guest selectors have included Richard Wilson RA, Conrad Shawcross RA, Lisa Le Feuvre, Richard Deacon CBE RA, Phyllida Barlow CBE RA, Rachel Whiteread CBE, Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Tim Marlow, Alison Wilding RA, Cathie Pilkington RA and Clare Lilley.

Applications 2022-23

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2022-23 applications now closed.

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Lee Holden

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Winner 2022-23

We are delighted to announce that Lee Holden (b. 1972, Accrington, Lancashire, UK) has won the 2022-23 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

Lee Holden is the 20th winner of the annual sculpture prize and receives: £10,000 towards the production of new work over the coming year; a solo exhibition at Standpoint in 2023; and a National Touring Programme.

Holden was selected from close to 300 submissions by a judging panel, comprising: Mike Nelson RA; Jane Bhoyroo, Producer at Yorkshire Sculpture International; Rebecca Scott, director at Cross Lane Projects and Mark Tanner Trust; and Rosie Edwards, MTSA winner 2021/22.

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MTSA Touring Programme

The MTSA National Touring Programme brings exhibitions by winning artists to partner venues across the UK. The programme is a major development for MTSA and part of a new initiative to develop audiences for the award outside of London, and strengthen networks across the UK.




9 July - October 2022
Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

Spring 2023
Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria

Nnena Kalu awarded a Mark Tanner Sculpture Grant

Standpoint is pleased to announce Nnena Kalu had been awarded a Mark Tanner Sculpture Grant.

Nnena Kalu ((b.1966, Glasgow, UK) is a sculptor and visual artist who has worked with ActionSpace for over 20 years at their supported studio at Studio Voltaire. Nnena has developed a unique practice that shares her sculptural process with the viewer by creating performative, large-scale installations in-situ.

Nnena was awarded the one-off £4,000 grant following this year’s MTSA shortlisted interviews. The panel identified that Nnena would benefit from additional supported time in her ActionSpace studio and a grant to enable this would make a beneficial impact on the artist’s sculptural practice and future development. ActionSpace is a London based visual arts organisation who supports artists with learning disabilities in developing their artist practices. The grant will provide Nnena with supported studio time for a six-month period.

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Background of the MTSA

Mark Tanner was a British Sculptor who trained at St. Martin's College of Art and had been associated with Standpoint since its inception. He worked mainly in steel, and was one of the first artists to show in Standpoint Gallery. He died in 1998 after a long illness.

The Mark Tanner Award was established in 2001, on the initiative of and with full sponsorship from a private charitable trust, to keep alive the passion and enthusiasm he had for the making of art.

MTSA Limited Edition Prints

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A decade of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award


Thinking is Making: Presence and Absence in Contemporary Sculpture

by Herbert Martin and Fiona MacDonald

Published by 'Black Dog’ in celebration of a decade of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

The book includes essays by Martin Herbert on the changing role of the object within recent and contemporary sculpture, a short history of sculptural practice as taught at St. Martins School of Art during the 1960s and 70s by Matilda Strang (independent curator) and an introduction and commentary on each of the past winners of the award by Fiona MacDonald (curator Standpoint Gallery).

It is a large format, hardback book of circa 200 pages, with beautiful images.

It is available from Standpoint Gallery for £25 - call in or contact us, for information on how to purchase via post.

MTSA Archives

MTSA Archives

Previous recipients of the MTSA

2021/22   Rosie Edwards
2020/21   Dean Kenning
2019/20   Olivia Bax
2018/19   Anna Reading
2017/18   Frances Richardson
2016/17   Beth Collar
2015/16   Megan Broadmeadow
2014/15   Kate Lyddon
2013/14   Iain Hale
2010/11   Jemima Brown 
2009/10   John Wallbank
2008/9   Paul Carter
2007/8   Clara Clark
2006/7   John Summers
2005/6   Kevin Osmond
2004/5   Paul Jones
2003/4   Victoria Rance
2002/3   Giles Kent
2001/2   Rosie Leventon

Previous Guest selectors

Phyllida Barlow CBE RA, Rachel Whiteread CBE, Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Cathy de Monchaux, Richard Deacon CBE RA, Lisa Le Feuvre, Conrad Shawcross RA, Penelope Curtis, Laurence Sillars, Richard Wilson RA, Tim Marlow, Hew Locke, Alison Wilding RA, Denise de Cordova, Cathie Pilkington RA and Clare Lilley.