Deadline Reminder | Thomas “Big Tom” Mc Bride Sculpture, Monaghan

Application deadline: 30 August, 5pm

Monaghan County Council have formed a committee and are seeking expressions of interest from artists of all levels of experience in creating a statue to be situated outside the Market House, Market Square, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. See artists brief for site location.

The piece is to celebrate the achievements of Thomas “Big Tom” Mc Bride and his contribution to music locally and nationally. The commissioners are seeking a figurative bronze sculpture of Big Tom as it is to be a permanent fixture and should require minimum maintenance.

The total budget available for the artwork is €85,000 (inclusive of VAT).

The Artists Brief for the commissioning of this sculpture can be found by clicking on the following link:

This is a Two Stage commission process. €500 will be made available to the artists selected for Stage 2, who will be invited to present their proposals to the Selection Panel.

Stage 1 applications must include:

1. Application form
2. Please provide details of up to 10 examples (minimum 3) of work in the public realm which are relevant and are complete. Hardcopy, CD or USB key accepted.
3. Please provide:

a. Sketches and, or, visualisations of the proposed artwork.
b. A project plan which should must include a timeline for each stage of the manufacturing process and an estimated completion date.
c. Detailed budget expenditure for this commission and an estimated cost.
d. Please provide details of how the applicant will report to the Commissioners on this project.
(Max 4 pages)

Please note that all submissions should be posted in hard copy to:

Monaghan County Council,
Civic Offices,
Riverside Road,
Co. Monaghan,
A81 RY22.


Site Visit
To organise a time for a site visit, you can contact the engineer on (042) 966 1236 or email up to 23rd of August 2017. Site visits can be arranged anytime between 9:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

This project is administered by Carrickmacross – Castleblayney Municipal District of Monaghan County Council. All queries should be sent by email to