The BBC reports that eight artists - Maurice Blik, Georgia Boyd Russell, Martin Jennings, Susan Stockwell, Bill Woodrow, Kenness George Kelly, Joy Gregory and Etienne Milner - are to submit plans for a memorial statue to nurse and Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole.
A selection panel, chaired by Baroness Amos, will make the final choice in the Spring. The statue will sit in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital, in London.
Earlier this week it was announced that the only known painting of Ms Seacole had been bought by the The National Portrait Gallery for £130,000.
Jamaican-born Ms Seacole was painted by London artist Albert Challen.. It was discovered in July 2003 after being bought at a boot sale in Burford, north Oxfordshire but has been on loan to the gallery since 2004.