Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop scoops £3 million prize from anonymous donor

Posted on 26/10/2010 by

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Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has won £3 million to build a new “Creative Laboratories” centre for sculptural experimentation in Newhaven.

The announcement, which was made at their Newhaven premises this morning, is the culmination of a two year competition which has seen the competitors whittled down from 13 to just three finalists; Edinburgh College of Art, The Scottish Book Trust, and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

The prize was gifted by an anonymous donor with the purpose of creating an outstanding new or renovated building for the arts in the capital. The identity of the donor is, and will remain, a secret.

Bob Benson chair of the judging panel, said: “The panel felt ESW’s proposal offered the most inspiring combination of exciting architecture and cultural impact. Its Newhaven location will expand the artistic geography of the city, and create a unique cultural venue in this part of Edinburgh.

You can hear the full story of the prize, and the competing visions of the three finalists, on the latest edition of the BBC’s Culture Café show at 1:15 today.

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Posted in: Arts, Newhaven