The Competition organised by the Dulwich Society for the design of a full-size bronze sculpture of Edward Alleyn has attracted a widespread interest. A distinguished list of sculptors, many with impressive portfolios of previously commissioned works has applied for entry and the list closed on February 28th.

The artists have until April 30th to submit drawings and maquettes. A selection panel of judges under the chairmanship of Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery has been formed. The designs of the six finalists' work will be displayed in a special exhibition in the Linbury Room of the Gallery from May 26-June 6.

A Public Appeal for funds to commission the Statue will be launched by The Dulwich Society at a Private View and Prizegiving at the Gallery on Thursday 27 May at 8pm to which all members are cordially invited. During the evening the winning design will be announced and each of the finalists will be presented with a cheque for £750 by. the Society.

There will be opportunity for the artists to talk about their work.

It is anticipated that the completed statue, sited within the grounds of the Old College will be unveiled in 2005 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Edward Alleyn's purchase of the Manor of Dulwich. An Edward Alleyn Statue Appeal Committee has been formed by the Society, under the chairmanship of its President, Judge Michael Rich QC. The target of the appeal will be £30,000. A number of local residents have indicated they would like to become Patrons of the Appeal. Other supporters of the project who would also like to join the list of Patrons are invited to contact Michael Rich (18 Dulwich Village, SE 21 7AL tel. 020 8693 1957).

A list of Subscribers to the Appeal has been opened and donations may be sent to the Treasurer of the Appeal Committee, David Trace FCA, 88 Burbage Road SE 24. Cheques should be made out to the Dulwich Society Alleyn Statue Appeal.

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