Plinth Commission – Call-out for participants

Void recently announced the recipients of the Plinth commission, 2020/21. The first commission by Alan Phelan will launch in September 2020. The RGB Hyacinth Bucket Challenge Sculpture COVID19 Memorial (working title) is a crowd-sourced sculpture made by individual participants in isolation, then assembled together to create the final artwork.

The sculpture will be of a hyacinth flower with petals made in papier-mâche. For this sculpture the ‘small flowers’ of the hyacinth are enlarged to the size of a bucket – 2 lightweight domestic buckets are used to make the mould for the flower which is layered with paper to make strong papier-mâché. Each flower is made by one person, at home and then returned to Void. The flowers will be assembled by the Void team onto a support structure on site at the Walker Plinth and an opening celebration will take place on the 5 September. After the exhibition is over, the bucket flower can be collected by each maker and used to make a fruit bowl or wall decoration. 

No massive art making experience is needed – all the instructions will be provided and a video will be available on Void’s vimeo site which follows the same guide. All materials are supplied by Void with only a few extra things needed which should be around the house.

Materials will be ready for collection on July 20th. Flowers must be returned by the 10th of August. In order to adhere to social distancing, please email Maeve at to arrange a collection time.

Image credit: Alan Phelan, “A Joly Screen, the background”, 2019, (detail), mixed media. As part of the show “The last great album of the decade” curated by Pádraic E Moore and Sheena Barrett. Photograph credit: Louis Haugh.

For more information contact:
Tansy Cowley, Press & Marketing Coordinator
Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL
Telephone +44 (0)28 7130 8080

* Void Gallery are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our website for further updates or contact us at

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