Limerick Twenty Thirty is a dynamic property development company which is developing key strategic sites in Limerick. Opera Square is a landmark re-imagining of a city quarter that honours and re-ignites the age-old entrepreneurial spirit of Limerick. It features a series of diverse but interconnected buildings around a central plaza, discoverable by laneways from the surrounding waterfront, city high street and nearby market district. It is a weave of meticulously restored Georgian heritage and dynamic contemporary architecture that forever changes the ancient city’s skyline.
Limerick has always been about forward movement, of tides and ships, of new peoples, trade and ideas. Opera Square embodies this vibrant heritage. It is designed for flow, connecting neighbourhoods and drawing footfall in and onwards. It is a magnetic new centre for the city, for the ebb and flow of day and night, work and culture, community and enterprise.
The public art commission will be intrinsic to creating an identity and sense of place for the Central Plaza. The selected artwork will be a contemporary, ambitious and visually strong artwork that complements the cultural and environmental values of Opera Square.
The budget for this commission is €100,000.
The successful artist will be responsible for the design and creation of the artwork including final installation within the budget. The budget is to include all costs, artist fees, expenses, materials, insurance, fabrication, engineer’s reports, any relevant consultations and installation fees.
The budget for this commission excludes VAT.
Artists will have the opportunity to attend an online Information Session on 22nd of June at 2pm. We will be joined by project managers for Limerick Twenty Thirty and representatives from the Opera Project Design Team who will be available to answer questions.
Please register to attend the Information Session online here: visualartists.ie
Attending the Information Session is not a requirement; queries can also be submitted by email to email@example.com.
Concept & Materials
There is no set theme or concept, artists are asked to consider the values of the Opera Project and the mixed cultural, social and commercial uses of key areas like Central Plaza. The commissioners are open to the artists taking their own preferred direction and having creative freedom in their design.
The artwork is intended to be permanent and of high quality. The brief does not specify the materials to be used however due consideration must be given to selecting materials that will be durable and easily maintained over time. Aesthetically the design and materials should complement the unique design elements of the architecture, landscape design, lighting design, Mirror Pool and open public spaces. The materials used should take into consideration the environmental demands of the site and occasional extreme weather conditions, including high winds.
The commissioners are open to contemporary works that may use digital media, light, sound or non traditional materials or forms. Any proposals incorporating electronic or digital elements should consider the long term maintenance and durability of such materials on site.
This is a two-stage commission process. Stage 1 is open to artists at all stages of career based in Ireland and internationally. The selection panel will shortlist up to 5 artists who will be invited to further develop their proposals at Stage 2. Artists invited to Stage 2 will be paid a proposal development fee of €700.
Stage 1 Applications
Stage 1 is an initial expression of interest process and applications for Stage 1 should include:
Outline of Project Plan to include
- Summary of your proposal for the commission (max 100 words)
- Early stage visualisations or technical drawings
- Project Plan: Outline your concept and how you will approach the commission (max 500 words)
- Outline how you feel this proposal will enhance the public space and Opera Project (max 150 words)
- An indication of budget breakdown (material / fabrication quotes where necessary)
Essential Supporting Material
- Examples of up to seven previous projects or works. Include images, dates and locations
- Artist CV
Stage 1 applications must be made through the online portal at operasquarecommission.submit.com
Closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 4pm on Friday 15th of July 2022
Stage 1 is open to artists at all stages of career.
Artists with extensive experience in public art may request to be shortlisted based on the merit of previous work and a Basic Outline Project Plan that includes 1. Summary of Proposal and 2. Early stage visualisations only at Stage 1. Should they wish, they are not required to provide an outline of concept, approach, budget (3, 4, 5 above). Artists will need to provide at least three examples of completed projects of a similar scale to the Opera Commission (outdoor, permanent works with budgets higher than €75,000) to be considered for Stage 2 without providing a full Outline of Project Plan.
Applications from artists without extensive experience working in public art will be considered for Stage 2 by the selection panel based on the merit of their Outline of Project Plan. The artist must be able to demonstrate a professional approach and the viability of their project within their project plan and that they will include consultation with experts on the design, fabrication or structural integrity where appropriate.
The selection panel at Stage 1 and Stage 2 will consist of:
- Representative from Limerick Twenty Thirty
- Representative from Limerick City & County Council
- Representative from Project Design Team – Senior Architect / Landscape Architect
- Independent Professional Artist
- Independent Curator
Visual Artists Ireland will be impartial administrators of the Selection Panel meetings. VAI will not have a deciding vote.
See more information and apply at: operasquarecommission.submit.com