Public Art 2021 - N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme - Artists BriefDownload File
This public art commission is funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) as part of the N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme, which has recently reached substantial completion. The scheme is part of TIIs capital expenditure programme which is focussed on improving the safety and efficiency of the national road network. The completed scheme has improved safety and enhances the accessibility of south west Donegal in particular between Donegal Town and Killybegs, Ireland’s largest fishing port. The scheme which is part of Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, is also a strategic tourism route providing access to a number of key locations in west Donegal including the Sliabh Liag Cliffs (with c.200,000 visitors per annum) and the Gleann Cholm Cille / Malin Beg Peninsula as well as Ardara, Glenties and Gweebarra.
The total funding from TII for this Public Art Project is €60,000. The artist will be responsible for meeting all associated costs out of the total allocated budget, including but not limited to artist fees, materials, installation, and any other costs related to the artwork inclusive of VAT.
Commission / Nature of the Work
Although the theme of the artwork is not defined the commissioners have suggested that artists explore the following themes which may inform the artwork:
– The Scheme’s Strategic Importance;
– The rich history and heritage of Mountcharles and Inver and the surrounding areas, for example;
The area has a particularly strong connection with natural stone and stone masonry and has a rich history in the supply of stone for building locally, nationally and internationally.
The strong industrial, social and economic history and heritage of the area as evidenced through local buildings and sites including the former Inver Creamery Building (Reg No. 40909229) which
was demolished to make way for the scheme, as well as the adjoining millrace which runs to the Former Corn Mill (Reg No. 40909201).
The Inver Creamery Building was built in 1903 using local sandstone. The creamery was partially rebuilt c. 1921/1922 after it was damaged by British forces during the War of Independence. The
creamery was sited adjacent to the upper section of the millrace which fed the Former Corn Mill located 250m to the west. The Corn Mill was built or extended c. 1860 and possibly containing the
fabric of an earlier mill built c. 1810. These sites are evidence of the past industrial processes and represent an integral element of the industrial, social and economic history and heritage of the area.
The Commissioners will employ a Two-Stage Open Competition Process to select a suitable Artist(s) to deliver the Commission. It is open to all interested professional artists at any stage of their career or experience. Selection will be based on the information supplied and how that establishes the competence of the artists to carry out this commission.
The brief asks the artist/s to note the following:
- The artwork should be sculptural and permanent in nature. The constituent materials of the artwork will need to be of a robust nature and capable of withstanding the prevalent weather conditions which characterise the site’s exposed location. It should be relatively maintenance free.
- The commissioners would like for there to be some engagement with key stakeholders during the process, for example community groups, local schools and businesses in close proximity to the proposed art piece.
- The commissioners would like to consider suggestions from the artist on what form this engagement will take, but examples might include;
o an artist talk or presentation;
o a remote studio visit/tour;
o a workshop which may or may not have an input into the creative process;
o stakeholders attending or being involved in the official opening ceremony; or
o another suitable suggestion from the artist.
- A commitment to Health and Safety policy is essential.
Artists are invited to express their interest in being considered for this project at the first stage of this commission.
Interested artists are invited to submit the following to the Commissioners:
A. Completed application form
B. Curriculum Vitae
C. A brief Artist’s Statement, including:
- An outline (1 page) of the initial ideas and concepts of the how the artist proposes
to engage with the commission. Drawings may be included but are not a
requirement. No designs or detailed proposals are required at Stage 1.
- Images / details of recent relevant works / projects.
- Nominated location for the art installation.
D. A sample selection of recently completed Public Art Commissions
There will be no formal site visit during Stage 1, however, should they wish to do so, all applicants are free to view the site when completing their Stage 1 application; any queries can be directed to Cian Friel, Donegal National Roads Office, T: 074 97 24500 E: email@example.com.
As a Covid-19 mitigation measure, to avoid repeated handling of mail, submissions will only be accepted on digital format. Artists wishing to apply must contact Cian Friel via email and express their interest before 4pm on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Once an Artist submits an expression of interest they will be provided with an individual link to the Donegal County Council Sharefile where they can upload their submission. Completed Stage 1 Submissions must be uploaded to the Donegal County Council Sharefile by 4pm on Monday, June 14, 2021.