The Bernard Noble Sculpture Foundation had as its objective to support, encourage and promote young, emerging or unrepresented sculptors by means of an annual award or commission of an outdoor sculpture prize to an artist for a sculpture to be acquired and exhibited by the Foundation.
Four prizes were awarded and four sculptures exhibited in the grounds of Colletta di Castelbianco in Liguria in Italy. The Foundation had undertaken to establish a sculpture park there in association with the Cultural Association of Colletta di Castelbianco. Colletta's grounds and gardens are open to the public.
The prize was for a minimum of £5,000. While the artist was responsible for the costs of the execution and realisation of the sculpture, the Foundation could chose to assist in defraying such costs, should a work be deemed desirable but expensive to manufacture.
The Foundation was established in 2008 and granted its first prize in May 2008 and its last in May 2011 when it closed to new submissions.
"Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight - sunlight - is necessary to it and, for me, its best setting and complement is nature. I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape - almost any landscape - than in or on the most beautiful building I know." Henry Moore, 1951