JOIN US to help protect, preserve and promote public sculpture and monuments. Your support of the PMSA and contributions are needed and greatly appreciated. In return for full membership you will receive:
- Invitations to participate in all our visits, events, conferences and AGM
- Three issues of the Sculpture Journal annually (Excluding Under25/Student category)
- Our regular news bulletin Circumspice (only available by e-mail except by special request)
You can download the PSMA Membership leaflet as a PDF.
Join The PMSA
To join the PMSA, and pay by bank transfer, please complete this online form and pay your membership fee into the following account using your name as the payment reference:
Account name: PMSA
Sort code: 09-01-55
Account No: 83493602
If you would like to pay by cheque or set up a Standing Order (payable on 1 January every year), please download the postal membership form, print it out, fill it in and post it to us at the following address:
70 Cowcross Street,
London EC1M 6EJ
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) is a registered charity committed to increasing awareness of Britain’s public sculpture. The PMSA was founded in 1991 by the sculpture and monument enthusiast Jo Darke. The Association’s President is His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester; its founding patron was Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
Our aims are to preserve and protect our monumental heritage and to promote the commissioning of new sculpture. Our task is huge, there are 15,000 sites showing public sculpture in the UK and that doesn’t even include those with war memorials!
The PMSA relies on voluntary work. Our publications and projects are funded by membership subscriptions and donations from generous individuals, institutions and grant-giving bodies.
Since the dissolution of the Fountain Society many of its former members have joined the PMSA. We welcome the focus and additional expertise they bring to our work with fountains.
What we do
The PMSA provides information and consultation on public sculpture and monuments. We engage with communities to raise awareness of the Association and its ethos. We run a programme of events, including an annual conference, talks and visits. We also produce books and journals such as the Public Sculpture of Britain series, The Sculpture Journal and guides including The User’s Guide to Public Sculpture and The Custodians’ Handbook.
The PMSA works with other organisations such as the Amenity Societies, Art UK, Historic England, the Greater London Authority, the Royal Society of British Sculptors, the Twentieth Century Society and the UK Institute of Conservators on conferences, publications and on collaborative projects such as the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square to stimulate public debate on sculpture.
The PMSA is active in many areas and is an enabling organisation for members who wish to campaign on sculptural issues.
The National Recording Project
The National Recording Project (NRP) is an ongoing comprehensive survey of British public sculpture ranging from the Eleanor Crosses to contemporary work. This survey, undertaken in collaboration with many British cultural and academic institutions, has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Henry Moore Foundation, Pilgrim Trust and the Paul Mellon Centre. Work has recently been completed in Edinburgh and Cumbria and a new area started in Essex.
The NRP online digital database is a unique collection of over 10,000 entries on public monuments and sculpture in the UK. This excellent resource includes full details of the items surveyed and from 2017 will be part of a project called ‘Your Sculpture’. The PMSA will undertake this in partnership with Art UK so that public and gallery sculpture in this country is comprehensively available to everyone, with updated records and new digital images of all items. The listing will be complete by 2020, providing the most comprehensive record of public art in Europe.
The PMSA also publishes the Public Sculpture of Britain series of books in association with Liverpool University Press. These contain a full history of all the major sculptures by region researched by some of the country’s leading art historians. Recent volumes include Norfolk and Suffolk, Sussex, Sheffield and Westminster, with more planned.
The Sculpture Journal is a leading academic publication dedicated to scholarship on sculpture, past and present. Founded by the PMSA in 1997, it has achieved international recognition over the last two decades and is now published by Liverpool University Press. The three issues produced every year, combining ‘Open’ and ‘Special’ issues, are free of charge to our full members. Edited by Peter Dent (Bristol University), Catherine Moriarty (University of Brighton) and Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute), the Sculpture Journal encourages new research on historic, modern and contemporary sculpture and is international in scope.
3rd Dimension, the PMSA’s free online magazine and newsletter, features in-depth articles ranging from the medieval to contemporary on monuments, sculpture and fountains. With studio and installation visits, up-to-date news, reviews and interviews there is always something interesting to read. Visit us on: http://3rd-dimensionpmsa.org.uk/ and follow us on Twitter: @3rdDimension2
Save our Sculpture
Save our Sculpture (SOS) is the PMSA’s campaign directly asking the public to report sculptures which have been damaged and vandalised, or are at risk. We can support local campaigns to preserve public monuments and sculpture at risk of damage, removal or alteration. Sculptures identi ed as at risk will be added to a SOS At Risk Register.
Sculpture theft is of major concern to us. As metal prices soar we are receiving numerous reports from across the UK that public sculptures are being stolen and possibly melted down for their metal value. The PMSA is spearheading a campaign to stop these thefts and is working with the police and organisations from the heritage sector on ARCH (Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage).
The PMSA’s Marsh Awards
Our commitment to promoting contemporary public sculpture is illustrated by The PMSA’s Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. This award, the PMSA’s Marsh Award for Excellence in the Conservation of a Public Sculpture or Fountain and the PMSA’s Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Fountains are all administered by the Association on behalf of the Marsh Christian Trust. These awards encapsulate the Association’s inclusive attitude to public sculpture and fountains: we consider historical and contemporary works to be equally important in both urban and rural landscapes.
Maggi Hambling was the first winner of the Marsh Award for Public Sculpture in 2005 with Scallop, located on Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk. Other winners have included Jaume Plensa’s Dream at St Helens (2009), Philip Jackson’s Bomber Command Memorial (2013) at Hyde Park and Richard Wilson’s Slipstream at Heathrow (2014).
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