Tipperary County Council (TCC) invites Artists to make submissions for the creation of a permanent gateway public artwork at the N24 Cahir Road Roundabout, Ballingarrane, Clonmel Co. Tipperary.
This is a two-stage procurement process.
Artist Brief: here.
The town of Clonmel is located in the lush green landscapes of the Golden Vale, on the banks of the River Suir, with the Comeragh Mountains to the South. Conceptually we invite Artists to consider information as outlined below and in the Artist Brief as inspiration for proposals while also considering that contemporary Clonmel is a vibrant, forward looking, university town with a strong industrial and retail base. Proposals should reflect contemporary art practice in the 21st century in presenting an artistic response for Clonmel.
“Flights of Discovery” is a concept which encourages visitors to explore Clonmel’s lush, natural countryside and the vibrancy and genius of its industrial heritage, from its brewing heritage to its links with Bianconi in the 19thCentury. Clonmel has long been known as the Vale of Honey and the town’s traditional association with bees and honey encourages a conceptual journey of the imagination as a way of exploring this multi-faceted and vibrant town or of “following the bees”. The concept of Flights of Discovery encourages visitors to openly explore the possibilities offered by the town of Clonmel.
For more than five centuries the Butlers were the most powerful aristocratic family in Tipperary. Their influence can still be seen in the numerous fine castles and houses scattered throughout the south east and North West of Tipperary and through churches and abbeys sponsored by the family.
Artists are asked to reflect on the culture, heritage and history of Clonmel. Artists are welcome to interpret these themes or other local themes of interest according to their own preference and practice.This is an open brief for a durable outdoor, permanent artwork, in any medium to be located on the Cahir Road Roundabout.This will be a gateway artwork for the town of Clonmel and will become a significant marker on a journey to or through the town of Clonmel.
Selection Process –Stage 1
This is an open submission two stage competition. Stage 1 is open to any artist. It is an initial expression of interest process that will result in the shortlisting of a maximum of 5 artists who will progress to stage 2. For full proposal details required see Artist Brief.
Deadline stage 1: 12 noon 9 September 2022
Project Timeframe: 30th November 2023 latest date for installation.
Proposals must be submitted in hard copy ONLY by hand, post or courier to the following address marked as follows:
“PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL TENDER DOCUMENTS”
“Cahir Road Roundabout”
Tender ID Number TCC 001456T
Tender Office, Customer Service Desk
Tipperary County Council
Emmet Street, Clonmel
Co. Tipperary E91 N512
Selection Panel Members
The panel will consist of 7 members as follows:
- Representative from the Executive -Tipperary County Council1
- Roads Engineer-Tipperary County Council
- Representative from the Office of Public Works (OPW)
- Independent visual art specialists x 2
- Community Representatives x 2: 1 Chamber of Commerce Rep + 1 Community Rep
General queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tipperary Arts Office Tel: 0818 06 5000