ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNER ON NOVEMBER 12 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
It has been gestating for more than a year. It has been backed by 700 companies, organisations and individuals from every part of the region, and attracted 200 works of art in embryo and all this without spending a penny of public money.
Now the Great East Midlands (GEM) Landmark Competition is reaching its climax, and on Monday 12 November 2001, at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, Lord Attenborough himself will announce the winner of the competition to design a sculpture with the breadth and scale to symbolise the East Midlands.
Nine entries have been short-listed and were posted on the Landmark website (www.landmark2001.co.uk) in October so that members of the public could vote for the winner.
The finalists are:
· Cable structure, Alina Hughes, Tom Hughes, Thibaut Devulder, Nottingham
· Cupped Hands, David Staples, Burton on Trent
· Dove of Peace, Gordon Brown FRSA, Ravenshead
· East Midlands Miner, Mark Bentley, Nottingham
· Fountain of the East Midlands, D P Armstrong, Newark
· Man, Ryan Scrimshaw, Nottinghamshire
· Rainbow Arch, Simon Withers, Nottingham
· Tower of Stars, Kenneth Gilbert, Leicestershire
· The Turbine Blade, Ian Walmsley, Derby
Amid concerns that the East Midlands lacks a strong regional identity and suffers from a GDP per head well below the European Union average (40th out of 77 regions), the GEM campaign is a movement led by private sector businesses dedicated to raising the profile as well as the profitability of the region.
In an area famed for its diversity rather than unity, GEM has fostered closer links between individuals and businesses in addition to raising awareness of the role played by the East Midlands Development Agency.
The Landmark contest will give the East Midlands a symbol as potent as that of Newcastle on Tyne's 'Angel of the North', and one not just for the region, but born from it. Entries were submitted by East Midlanders from all walks of life, including housewives, pensioners and schoolchildren as well as architects, artists and sculptors.
GEM Campaign Chairman Lee Stokes said: We've come a long way with this competition, which arose from efforts to put our great East Midlands region on the map and to make it an even better place to live, work, learn and play. This surge of interest from local people marks the beginning of exciting things to come."
On Monday 12 November at 2 pm Lord Attenborough, Patron of the Campaign, will announce the winner of the Landmark competition, who will receive prize money of £2,000. No stranger either to the City or University of Leicester, Lord Attenborough and his brother, the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, grew up here during the years their father, F L Attenborough, was Principal of what was then the University College.
Later on the same day another legend of the world of cinema, Lord Puttnam, will give the second Richard Attenborough Centre Public Lecture at 7 pm, immediately followed by the re-naming of the hall to commemorate Diana, Princess of Wales who formally opened the Centre in May 1997. Further information on David Puttnam's lecture is available from the Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455.
Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Chair of the East Midlands Universities Association and one of the judges in the GEM Landmark competition, commented: The GEM presentation will be a landmark in the University's calendar and an historic milestone for the region of which this University is an integral part.
The University of Leicester has been involved with GEM right from its inception and I am delighted that, in my capacity as Chair of the region's universities, higher education in general can make a contribution towards this remarkable initiative to raise the region's profile.
The main sponsor of the Landmark competition is Kingston inbusiness. Among the 700 other businesses supporting the venture are the Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF), the CBI, the Institute of Directors, BT, East Midlands Electricity, Experian, East Midlands Airport, Eversheds, Nottingham Playhouse, Deloitte & Touche, NatWest, Barclays, Lloyds, BDO Sty Hayward, Browne Jacobson, the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Loughborough, De Montfort and Derby.
Note to editors: Further information is available as follows:
Lee Stokes, Chairman, GEM Campaign Chairman, tel 01623 454545, mobile 07855 144473 fax 01623 454560, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleanor Hartley, Director, University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, tel 0116 252 2455, fax 0116 252 5606, email RACentre@le.ac.uk
Lord Attenborough will announce the winner of the GEM Landmark contest at the Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester, at 2 pm on Monday 12 November 2001.
Lord Puttnam will deliver the second Richard Attenborough Centre Lecture at 7 pm on Monday November 12.
The University of Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre is located on Lancaster Road, a few yards from the city's War Memorial. The nearest public parking is about 10 minutes walk away at Victoria Park pay and display, next to De Montfort Hall. There is also limited parking on nearby roads. The Railway Station is approx 15 minutes walk from the Centre.
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