Persimmon Homes Ltd (Thames Valley) are re-launching the opportunity for an artist to design and create a piece of public art to be installed within the site of a new residential development. Previous competition entrants can re-apply with new works. The development location is known for woods with Special Area of Conservation status, the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Trust and the Chinnor Chalk Pit, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The location, design and function of the artwork should not impact on the amenities of the site for future residents but enhance the location by working with the historical and scientific context of the area.


This new development has a central area of public open space that is easily accessible to all residents.

The primary access into the new residential development will be via a new road off Greenwood Avenue. This new access will lead down the development’s main street incorporating a high-quality public realm with strong landscaped features. This street will direct people down to the primary area of public open space on the site. This space will be the main focal / destination point for a site-specific piece or pieces of public art, introduced to reinforce the local landscape and natural history of Chinnor.


Persimmon Homes Ltd (Thames Valley) are seeking to appoint an artist to design and produce a timeless, innovative and distinctive piece of art to animate the principal area of open space and enrich the local community. Ideally, the work will reflect the historic use and / or nature associations of the site.

Whilst the preference is for the delivery of a stand-alone focal feature within the open space, Artists should not feel limited to this criteria and are invited to consider artwork that can be incorporated into site topography (such as paving and seating).

Please see plans below for further reference:

Proposed Site Layout plan
Street Scenes plan
Storey Height plan
Design Principles Document


The piece(s) will be located in a public space and therefore applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, along with time and budget. The piece(s) will be exposed to weather and physical stresses, as well as potentially subject to vandalism. The piece(s) must be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials.


The budget allocated to the artist for the creation and installation of the artwork (including any transportation costs) is £42,450 (VAT not included).

The contract amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: the artist’s design fee; other consultation fees (such as structural engineering consultation); insurance; tools; materials;fabrication; transportation; installation; any building or site modification required; travel to and from the site; per diem expenses; project documentation; contingency to cover unexpected expenses; and any other costs.

We are flexible with the choice of materials proposed, providing the cost of the artwork falls within the set budget, materials are durable and maintenance requirements are minimal.


Rachel Caplin


Rachel is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) who spent the first seven years of her Planning career at various Local Authorities in and around London working in Development Management. She then moved into the private sector five years ago, working for large, central London based Planning consultancies. Since joining Persimmon Homes in August 2021, Rachel has managed all the various Greenwood Place Planning applications and Planning related matters (in addition to many other sites across the region). During her time at Persimmon Homes, she has also been a part of the Public Art process for a development located in Harlow.

Rachel Faulkner


30 Years in the house building industry, working as Sales Director in Persimmon Homes for 8 years. Overseeing the selling and marketing of a number of developments in the Thames Valley and Oxfordshire areas. We are committed to supporting local artists and feel this is a key element to enhancing the experience of living in one of our communities.

Bill Price


Bill Price is a director at WSP and a structural engineer by background. He worked on the Shard at London Bridge from the earliest stages of design development to completion in 2015. He is now working on several masterplans involving transport infrastructure as well as the Cube at Paddington Square. Over the years, Bill has worked with many artists and sculptors assisting with engineering design, fabrication, safety, transportation and site installation. Bill is a trustee of the Royal Society of Sculptors and provides support to the board as well as artists if required. In addition, Bill is a trustee of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, supporting original drama and family shows as well as a wide range of community engagement.

Mark Richards


Mark Richards FRSS has had a 30 year career, largely in the field of figurative sculpture, and has completed over 250 commissions worldwide. He combines a comprehensive understanding of sculpture techniques with a rare sensitivity of touch, and his work exhibits both cohesive composition and great beauty of form. Mark is a Trustee of the Royal Society of Sculptors and has sat on a variety of selection panels. In his selection of sculpture, he aims to promote invention, cultural and physical site awareness along with high standards of execution and professionalism.


Members of the Royal Society of Sculptors are invited to submit proposals. The selected work is anticipated to be installed in Winter 2023/ Spring 2024.

Entry Fee

There is no charge to apply for this opportunity.

Entry Process

To complete this application, please provide the following:

  • Up to 5 images relating to your proposed idea (can be photos or drawings)
  • Please outline your idea behind your proposal with rough costings, timeframe for design/ research, fabrication and installation (200 words)
  • A CV of no more than two pages long (please include any previous commissions)
  • A description of your present practice (200 words)

Notes to assist you with your application:

  • We would like to see consideration of health and safety- no sharp edges/ the piece cannot easily be climbed- for example
  • Water features will not be considered
  • Please ensure that your proposal is site specific and refers to the historical and/or scientific context of the area
  • Artists must have Public Liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 27 February 2023. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive feedback will not be given at this stage. Notification of all results will be sent by email week commencing 13 March 2023.

Key Dates

Closing DateMonday 27 February 2023, 5pm
Notifications of results*w/c 13 March 2023
Design and research phase/ fabrication April – Winter 2023
Artwork installationWinter 2023/ Spring 2024

*Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee that feedback will be given at this stage.

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