A once in a lifetime opportunity to create a site-specific commission on the sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia. This commission by the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) will celebrate the whale through a reinterpretation of the former Flensing Plan, offering a message of hope for future generations by demonstrating how humankind can move from exploitation to conservation.
At first glance, industrial heritage on the sub-Antarctic UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia seems remote and impenetrable. Artists however find South Georgia and all of its human associations inspirational. At the furthest edge of the world, the island evokes a deep sense of spirituality, and as evidenced by SGHT’s previous artist residency programmes, spurs creativity. At Grytviken Whaling Station, the scale of destruction of whale species sowed the seeds of a paradigm shift in our view of nature and its exploitation in modern times. With a mandate (through its contract to manage the Grytviken Museum on behalf of GSGSSI) to bring the cultural heritage of South Georgia to an international audience SGHT seeks to bring the message of hope for the future of the whale to the 15,000 international visitors now arriving by ship at South Georgia each year.
Central to the commercialisation of the whale on South Georgia is the Flensing Plan. It was here that whales were landed and processed on an industrial scale. Rather than simply restoring the early 20th century historic fabric of this site, SGHT and FOSGI, in partnership with GSGSSI, are inviting individuals, collaborative practices and organisations from varying artistic disciplines to submit ideas for a commission to celebrate the whale through a reinterpretation of the former Flensing Plan, the area at the heart of Grytviken Whaling Station.
Creative Brief: sght.org/commission-grytviken-whaling-station
•Artist Fee £50,000 (incl.of VAT if applicable)(they expect the period of engagement to be 24 months,but this is subject to concept, production, Government priorities, maintenance & fundraising –artist fee covers all stages)
•Production Budget of between £150,000.00–£2,000,000.00 (This budget must include all costs associated with the artform including items such as design, shipping, construction). All costs associated with this commission including the maintenance legacy will be paid for through the fundraising activities of SGHT and FOSGI.
- Open to individuals, collaborative partnerships or organisations from varying artistic disciplines.
- Open to mid-career or established practitioners with a proven interest in one or more of the following areas – cultural heritage, the natural environment, ecological issues or conservation.
- 5+ years’ experience practicing in your chosen artform.
- Track record of delivering large-scale projects on time and on budget.
Stage One: Preliminary Proposal
Applicants should submit a two page (A4) preliminary proposal with supporting documents of previous work and CV.See ‘How to Apply’ section in Creative Brief for further details and required information.
•A pre-selection panel will assess all entriesin preparation for the judging panel to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.
•The judging panel will meet late February/early Marchto select three proposals to be progressed to the next stage, those shortlisted will be notified by mid-March.
The three selected proposals will be given a fee of £3000 (based on Scottish Artist Union rates)to prepare for Stage 2, the fee covers all expenses including travel for interview.
For further information and to download the creative brief please click on the link – http://www.sght.org/commission-grytviken-whaling-station-south-georgia/