Artist Brief 2020

Sculpture Trail


Artists and community groups are invited to submit one or more proposals for the Site-Specific Sculpture Trail on the South Devon Coast at Teignmouth. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty as well as a busy holiday resort. The sculptures will be sited in flowerbeds, which are cared for by the parks department of Teignbridge District Council.

2020 will be TRAIL’s 16th year. Our successes last year included two sculptures being exhibited at The Devon Guild, another installed permanently at Teignmouth Community College, running successful family workshops at The Contemporary Craft Festival and collaboration with the Ocean Recovery Project.

For 2020 we are excited to announce that we will be extending the event until the end of September as TRAIL will be included as a venue in the 2020 Devon Open Studios Event Guide.  This will give artists taking part in DOS the ability to advertise their venue throughout the summer to the wider public. For those not taking part and from outside the county it is a great opportunity to have your work shown in the DOS event as well as on the sculpture trail. We encourage emerging artists, established artists, artist groups and community groups to join us. There are too many artists to give everyone a named mention in the DOS guide, instead we will be publicising your work on the artist pages of our website. Each artist will get their own page, with images, contact details and any further information you wish to include.

For more information on past TRAIL events please visit

For award categories see below. If you require a specific location, please contact us about this ASAP.

There is NO submission fee.



Proposals Open 31st January 2020 closing date 23rd June 2020

Installations of sculptures from Wed 15th July 2020 to Sun 19th July 2020

Sculpture Trail starts Mon 20th  July finishes Sunday 27th  September 2020

Sculptures can be removed from Mon 28th  September 2020 to Sunday 4th October 2020

Award Ceremony Sunday 4th October 2020, to be confirmed.



Artist Award selected by the winning artist in 2019

Award for sculpture with best environmental message selected by sponsor

People’s Choice, selected by public vote.

Emerging Artist Award .







2020 Design Brief and Conditions for sculpture trail

The sculptures must be constructed from a minimum of 70% recycled material and should address one of the following criteria

  • To reflect concerns relating to recycling / landfill / water / waste / global warming/ plastic pollution and can include political or global issues.
  • To reflect the site by using or harnessing the natural elements.
  1. The sites are exposed to the elements, so the sculpture needs to be well constructed and weatherproof. The Health & Safety Officer from Teignbridge District Council will inspect the sculptures. The sites are within flowerbeds but can be accessed by the public if they are determined. Sculptures can be viewed on all sides. The sculpture should have no sharp edges, easily pushed over or have pieces that can break off and cause damage. Artists must be prepared to make changes to comply with Health and Safety issues if necessary and work will be withdrawn if the Health & Safety officer is not satisfied.
  1. The most suitable fixings for the sculpture are ‘met posts’ (fence post fixings) knocked into the ground. The sculpture or plinth must be designed with legs, which will fit into these fixings and can then be bolted or screwed for stability and security. Artists will carry out their own installation. Any special requirements or alternative fixing methods can be discussed with the organisers and a TDC officer prior to installation if necessary.
  1. The sculpture will be covered by Teignbridge District Council for Public Liability Insurance but not for material damage. This is the artist’s responsibility or risk. There is no compensation for damage through natural or manmade means.
  1. The artist or a representative must be available throughout the exhibition period in case repairs are necessary to the sculptures. There is no submission fee for the Sculpture trail; a 10% commission on sales will be applied.
  1. The committee’s decision on selection is final. The selection committee will meet monthly from March onwards and the closing date may alter if all the available spaces have been allocated prior to the date advertised.

How to apply

Submit copies of proposal for the sculpture trail by email or hard copy as soon as possible. Final deadline midnight 23rd June 2020.

Submissions by email, please label each attached document with your name and Trail 20.

Submissions by hard copy – put your name, contact details, and title on the first page and title on each subsequent page to avoid loss. The proposal should include:

  1. Drawings or photographs of the proposed sculpture.
  2. Details of the fixing.
  3. Size including height, width and depth.
  4. Construction materials and source.
  5. Brief description and inspiration for the work, be as informative as possible
  6. Include images of past work photographs/CD/website address. Only if new exhibitor.
  7. Your Contact details, name, address, telephone and email contacts.
  8. Successful applicants will be sent a blank information template to complete, this will be exhibited alongside the sculpture AND must be completed and returned by July 5th 2020
  9. IMPORTANT All successful applicants are asked to send information including a brief biography and still or moving images of the sculpture as your work progresses, for website, social media and publicity purposes.


Or by post to Amy McCarthy, Tresco, Bishopsteignton Rd, Teignmouth TQ14 9AD