The arts are very important to public health – both as therapy but also as a means of engaging the public and others in issues around population health and wellbeing.  In addition to supporting the therapeutic benefits of the arts, the RSPH also recognises that the arts can be an important mechanism in getting people to discuss a range of health and wellbeing issues. Each year, since 2016, the RSPH have supported the creation of a piece of work to encourage debate and discussion about public health.

In 2016 the RSPH commissioned the artist Thomas Moore to recreate Hogarth’s famous Gin Lane to reflect some of the major public health challenges of the 21st Century.

In 2017 the RSPH worked in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society on a photography competition, Flash Points, exploring health across the lifecourse.

And in 2018 the RSPH were funded by the Health Foundation to commission the photographer Matt Writtle to create a series of images to reflect the health inequalities we face in communities.

For 2019 the theme is Shape of the Public’s Health which will explore current public health challenges through the medium of sculpture.


This opportunity is an exclusive call out to members and fellows of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Only existing work will be considered, we will be unable to accept proposals for work.

Entries will be shortlisted and first, second and third prize winners will be selected, all of which will be exhibited at the RSPH Shape of the Public’s Health event on 11 September at 28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY, 6pm.

All winners will be invited to the event and the first place winning entry will receive a cash prize of £1000. Winners will be expected to attend the evening and say a few words about their work.

£300 towards delivery and collection of the artwork will be available to the first, second and third place winners.


The first site will be indoors at 28 Portland Place, a listed townhouse. Please see below for full information regarding this space:

Door height – 2m 30cm

Door width – 1m 4 cm

Door diagonal – 2m 56cm

Works will sit directly on the floor or a plinth, the plinth however will need to be provided by the artist.

Foundations: average domestic flooring – room is on first floor

Lighting: average domestic/ window lit


Paul Camic

Professor of psychology and research director, Canterbury Christ Church University

Paul is professor of psychology and research director, Department of Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University and a consultant clinical health psychologist. He took his undergraduate degree at Clark University, near Boston, in social geography, masters at Tufts University (Boston) in psychology, PhD at Loyola University (psychology) and completed his clinical training and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. He has published over 60 articles in the areas of health psychology, community psychology, particularly focusing on non-clinical public health interventions, and in the area of arts and health. An important area of interest has been the use of open access, community settings as non-clinical intervention sites for people with severe mental health difficulties and for people with dementia, along with the people who care for them, populations that often experience social exclusion. Paul is founding co-executive editor of Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.

Almuth Tebbenhoff VPRSS

Royal Society of Sculptors - Vice President

Almuth was born in Germany in 1949, came to England in 1966 as a student exchange and stayed. She studied ceramics at Sir John Cass School of Art 1972-5, made pots and surreal clay sculpture. In 1981 Almuth set up a studio in Wandsworth and expanded her practice to include metal fabrication. For a while she worked very minimalistic then developed her own style. Since 1980 Almuth has exhibited, lectured, tutored, experimented, developed and learnt to carve marble which is very grown up. Over four decades she made many sculptures which are in collections worldwide.

Dr Ranjita Dhital

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Reading, a pharmacist and a sculptor.

Ranjita used to practice as an addiction specialist pharmacist and in public health. Ranjita’s PhD at King’s College London investigated how pharmacists and their staff could reduce alcohol harm through delivering psychosocial brief interventions. This included a referral process where higher risk drinkers were advised to access specialist support. This culminated in the first known randomised controlled trial worldwide to assess its effectiveness. Ranjita is using Experience-based Co-design and Participatory Action Research to reduce harm caused by the production and consumption of homebrewed alcohol in Nepal. She is also applying participatory and arts methods to co-design community pharmacy spaces with pharmacy patients and staff. Ranjita has been awarded fellowships and research grants and published her work in a range of research journals. Ranjita has been sculpting for over 10 years and experiments with a range of materials. She is now applying the arts to her health service research and teaching to engage students with their learning.


This opportunity is free to enter.


To complete this application, please provide the following:

  • 5 images of existing and available work which relates to this opportunity
  • A CV of no more than two pages long
  • A description of your present practice (200 words)
  • Please outline your idea for the theme of Shape of the Public’s Health (200 words)

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 26 July 2019. 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 12 August 2019.

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