The initial outbreak of HIV and the corresponding AIDS crisis was marked by fear, isolation, misinformation and stigmatisation.
It is 40 years since the first clinical diagnoses of AIDS in Ireland and its impact here was no less devastating on the lives of individuals, their families and communities.
In those early years, much of the fear and stigmatisation arose from a lack of information and myths about transmission.
For many the stigma became another burden on top of the burden of the disease itself. It is a legacy which many communities still struggle with today.
To serve as a reminder that this terrible period is not forgotten it is proposed that a monument be commissioned, the purpose of which is ‘to remember those who have died and mark their lives and contribution to society, while also showing solidarity with those living with and affected by HIV today’
Many strides have been made in the treatment and prevention of HIV, meaning people with HIV today can live full and enriched lives. The monument will also serve as a tribute to those friends, families, support groups, doctors, nurses and carers who dedicated so much of their life and work to the treatment of HIV and improving care.
The purpose of the Competition is to commission a monument that appropriately and respectfully remembers those who have died and mark their lives and contribution to society, while also showing solidarity with those living with and affected by HIV today.
Please carefully read the full Artist Brief at gov.ie/…hiv-and-aids-national-monument
The Budget has not been set. The financial value of the commission will be negotiated by the OPW with the winner of the Competition but shall not exceed €200,000 (including VAT and all applicable taxes).
The Competition will be organised as a two-stage open competition.
Comprises the call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to outline artistic concept and approach to be taken by Applicants. The nature of the monument and the medium and format through which it is to be delivered is open to the choice of the Applicant. The competition is open to individuals and project teams and to professional and non-professional applicants. Applicants will be obliged to form alliances with qualified individuals who would provide the requisite artistic, design, technical knowledge and support to undertake the entire commission process.
Up to 10 proposals may be shortlisted to Stage 2. A fee of €1,000 including VAT will be paid to the shortlisted Competitors on receipt of the Stage 2 submissions that meet the Competition requirements.
Stage 1 Applications:
The Stage 1 Expression of Interest applications should be submitted to the OPW by email to email@example.com by the stated deadline: 12 noon on 14 July 2022.
It must be submitted as a single pdf document and should not exceed 30mb. It must include:
A written proposal outlining the Applicant’s artistic concept, ambitions and design approach [to maximum of 850 words]. The proposal can include drawings and images(no more than 5) which must be clearly captioned.
b. Evidence of experience of similar commissions and projects: This text can include photographs and links to Applicant’s website, video or audio projects[5 links maximum]. It must not exceed a maximum of 5 A4 pages.
c. CVs: Current CV of Applicant/(s) [2 A4 page maximum] and summary biographies of other members of the Applicant’s Team
d. Schedule & Budget: A draft project timescale and an outline budget covering artist fees; project team fees; production and development costs; materials; insurances; transport and installation; documentation including filming/photography; general expenses; community engagement, and any other relevant costs, including contingency to provide a general outline of the financial cost of the commission [1 A4 page maximum].
e. Contact details.
The Jury Members are nominated by the Oversight Committee. The Jury will be chaired by Department of Taoiseach representative and comprises:
- Three HIV Ireland nominees, Oversight Committee members;
- Two Fast Track Cities Steering Group nominees, Oversight Committee members;
- Haemophilia Society nominee, Oversight Committee member;
- Ana Liffey Drugs project nominee, Oversight Committee member;
- Arts Council nominee;
- Principal Architect, OPW
- Nominee from artistic background relevant to Stage 2 proposal.