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Concern for an ageing population and the vulnerability of the elderly in the Ennis rural and urban was the prime driver behind a group of people from a diversity of backgrounds coming together in 2007 to form Cuan an Chláir. Those involved had the well being of the elderly as a common focus and the provision of appropriate care and support to that sector as a shared ambition.
In 2015 Cuan an Chláir built a multi-purpose Community Day Centre for 50 people and twelve two bedroom sheltered houses for the elderly of Ennis and surrounds. 2020 sees the next phase of development take place. On the site of a farmhouse and farm yard, Cuan an Chláir are restoring farm outbuildings and the farmhouse at a cost of €2.3m. The new layout will see a courtyard with 10 dwellings, the renovation of the existing coach house and 4 new dwellings in a terrace, providing 15 new accommodation units in total. As part of this development Cuan an Chláir now wishes to commission an Artist to develop a new public art project as part of this development. The commission is funded through the Department of Environment & Local Government percent for art scheme and is coordinated by Clare County Council Arts Office on behalf of Cuan an Chláir. The contract for the commission will be issued by Clare County Council.
As part of Phase 1, artist Lewis Goodman was commissioned through the Per Cent for Art Scheme to create a piece / place that would reflect peace and tranquillity in the harvest time of life. The notion of community is also intrinsic to the development –the creation of a new community of a similar generation to support and enhance each other as they age. (Photo of Lewis Goodman piece attached and in brief.)
It is the commissioners intention to commission another project that would compliment this ethos. The notion of the harvest time of life is particularly apt in Phase 2 with the redevelopment of the old farmhouse, farm yard and out buildings. The broader setting for the project location, in the hospital grounds, sees the old farmyard sited next to a ring fort and bat sanctuary. In the context of the overall development particular attention has been given to these features along with the restoration of the old stone walls and farm buildings and the preservation of the mature beech and oak trees and hedgerows.
Site of Art Work
There are three proposed locations for the completed artwork
a) On the right hand side (green area) of the site as you enter against the backdrop of the field / fairy fort. This is the main vehicular entrance to the development.
b) On either / both of the green areas in the Courtyard section of the development
c) Within / against the covered area at the bottom of the Courtyard –an area envisaged for social outdoor gatherings such as BBQ’s etc.
Artists will be shortlisted and selected through an open competition process. It is envisaged that this will be a one stage commissioning process. However, if the selection panel deems it necessary to do so, the option to go to a two stage competition will be exercised and artists will be paid a sum of €500 to supply further information/ develop their brief.
The selection panel will comprise of 2 Directors of Cuan an Chláir, an engineer / site foreman and an independent artist. It will be chaired by a representative of Clare County Council Arts Office.
Further queries should be addressed to Siobhán Mulcahy at 065 6899091 or email@example.com