In 2019, the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre celebrates its tenth anniversary and will mark the occasion by announcing a unique public art opportunity. Under the Per Cent for Art Scheme, the OPW will commission a new work in collaboration with National Parks & Wildlife Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Mayo County Council Arts Office.
Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo, is one of Ireland’s six National Parks. It comprises 15,000 hectares that is dominated by Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited wild landscape dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.
Artists are invited to submit budget proposals up to a maximum of €30,000.
Artists Brief: Ballycroy_Percent_for_Art_Commission_Brief.pdf
This is a two-stage open competition, managed in line with the National Guidelines on Public Art.
Stage one is a call for expressions of interest. Proposals will be assessed and shortlisted by a panel of art specialists.
Expressions of interest at stage one must contain:
- Textual description outlining the concept for the project (max 400 words)
- Draft costings and timescale for the proposal.
- Artist statement, CV and three examples of previous projects.
Expressions of interest can be emailed to Aoife O’Toole, Mayo Arts Service: email@example.com by Monday 27th January 2020.
Shortlisted artists will be issued with a letter of invitation to submit more fully realised proposals at stage two. Short-listed artists will be paid an honorarium fee of €550. Stage 2 deadline Wednesday 11th March 2020.
A preferred location for the sculpture on the grounds of the Visitor Centre has been identified. A site visit has been arranged for artists on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 2pm. This visit will offer an opportunity to meet with the Client, attendance is strongly advised. Further locations may be discussed during the site visit.
See brief for further details regards expression of interest, site visit and commissioning process.
For queries about submissions, please contact Aoife O’Toole by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 094 9064376 at Mayo County Council Arts Office.