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Six artists shortlisted for Trafalgar Square's iconic Fourth Plinth
Ibrahim Mahama. Photo: George Darrell.



LONDON.- The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced the six artists who have been shortlisted for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth commission: Nicole Eisenman, Samson Kambalu, Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Teresa Margolles and Paloma Varga Weisz.

The shortlisted artists’ proposals will go on show at the National Gallery from late-May to July this year and will also be available to view online. A virtual tour of the exhibition will be created in partnership with Google Arts & Culture. The public will be invited to have their say about the proposed artworks, which will inform the decision of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group when selecting the two winning sculptures.

The two winning commissions will be announced this summer and will be unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in 2022 and 2024 respectively, following on from the current sculpture THE END by Heather Phillipson, which will remain until September 2022.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am delighted to announce the shortlist of artists for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The number of international artists shortlisted shows that London continues to attract leading creative talent from across the globe. The Fourth Plinth is one of the flagship contemporary art commissions in the world and I look forward to seeing how these artists will transform it. I hope Londoners continue to show their support for our arts and cultural sector in these challenging times by visiting the National Gallery and the viewing the exhibition online, from May.”

Ekow Eshun, Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, said: “Today we announce an array of international artists who have been invited to propose artwork for the iconic Fourth Plinth. I’m excited by the imaginative range and creative ambition that each artist will bring to the project and very much look forward to seeing how they will respond to the space, which remains the most important public art commission in the world.”

Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of The National Gallery, said: “The Fourth Plinth is located just a few yards from the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, and I am delighted that we can host the exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ proposals in the Gallery. I think it is important that we find ways to encourage the public to look at and become interested in art, whether it’s the great pictures in our museums or new art in public spaces.”










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