The PMSA was founded in 1991 with a mission to celebrate, protect and promote our public monuments and sculptures. We do this by recording and researching existing artworks, helping to save iconic pieces, and supporting artists to create new public art.
In cities, towns, and villages across the country, there is a treasure trove of monuments and sculptures reflecting our rich and diverse cultural history. Many are neglected, in a state of decay or under threat of demolition. Public art receives little government funding, but it’s a vital part of the fabric of our everyday landscape. We’re here to make sure it stays that way.
The PMSA’s National Recording Project was a world- rst scheme toauthoritatively record and research all publicly owned sculpture in the UK.
The database provides a free-to-access online photographic showcase for sculptors, scholars, local historians and the general public. It’s the largest, most in-depth sculpture project ever attempted, and contains academically researched historical information about artworks never previously catalogue.
PMSA helps fund the preservation, restoration and re-siting of public sculpture. Many of our most important works are under threat through neglect, or demolition due to commercial pressures. We lobby government and business
to raise awareness of the public art that can too easily be taken for granted. Recent projects include the delicate job of moving and restoring Barbara Hepworth’s Vertical Forms in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and Porthmeor Fund, and helping to save Liverpool’s (in)famous Bucket Fountain.
Britain’s foremost scholarly journal devoted to sculpture in all its aspects. Published 3 times a year in conjunction with Liverpool University Press, Sculpture Journal offers a critical overview and international forum for writers and scholars.
First published by the PMSA in September 1997, the Sculpture Journal is available to members of the PMSA.
The PMSA 3RD Dimension Awards mark the next generation of benchmark accolades for sculptors and public monument conservators. Forthose who achieve one, PMSA awards are often career defining. With significant cash prizes in the categories of Public Sculpture, Public Fountains, Conservation, Architecture as Sculpture, and Innovation, the awards recognise talent and reflect new trends and developing traditions in public art.