St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina, Co. Mayo, invites proposals for the commission of an Artwork / Artworks to be funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme in connection with our new school building. Artists / Architects / Designers are invited to tender for the project in a two-stage process. Proposals are welcome from both individuals and collectives, and from those working across a range of disciplines and a broad scope of creative approaches. We are interested in physical artwork(s) that integrate into and enhance the public spaces of our school, within the building and / or on the extensive exterior grounds. We welcome proposals that have an interactive and / or engaging element and that are vibrant and innovative in design / approach. We envisage that within the budget, a public art project that results in one or multiple physical artworks may be commissioned by an individual or a collective.
The value of the commission is €43,500 including VAT and taxes.
Stage One Deadline
Friday November 19th 2021 at 12:00pm
This is a two-stage open competition. Proposals will be short-listed for development in Stage Two. A fee of €300 will be paid to short-listed artists for further development of their proposal. Please read the brief for further details about the commission, location and school community.
The brief, site maps, and a virtual tour of the new building are available on the school website:
Wednesday October 13th 2021 at 2:30pm. Places will be limited. Please book your place by Friday October 8th at 12:00pm by contacting the Curator, Yvonne Cullivan, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stage One Submissions should include the following:
● An outline of the approach to the commission and initial ideas prompted by the brief (no more than two A4 pages)
● A paragraph outlining why you are applying for this commission and how it links with your practice, highlighting the most relevant experience to this commission (guideline: 250 words)
● A proposed budget and timeline
● An up to date C.V. outlining experience of relevance
● 5 examples of recent / relevant work e.g. jpegs (150 dpi is preferable), links to mpegs, mp4s and / or project websites. Please label all images / links
Submissions should be sent in one PDF attachment to: email@example.com.
From Stage One applications, a shortlist of individuals / collectives will be selected. The panel has the right to clarify any issues which may arise in the course of selection. Those shortlisted will be provided with a development fee of €300 to support them in developing a detailed proposal for Stage Two. A brief will be provided outlining submission requirements and selection criteria.
The selection panel will consist of members of the Per Cent for Art Steering Committee including staff, management and student representatives, and at least two professional artists / arts managers. The selection panel reserves the right not to commission, if the panel so judges, and to re-advertise, invite or commission directly, or to select more than one individual / collective and to divide the budget.
All queries should be directed to Yvonne at:
Deadline for Queries
Friday November 12th 2021 at 12:00pm. All queries should be directed to the Curator.