Sculpture Dublin aims to raise awareness of Dublin’s sculptural heritage and to commission new sculptures in parks and public spaces city-wide. It is a Dublin City Council initiative, developed by Parks and Landscape Services and the City Arts Office, and supported by the Hugh Lane Gallery and Visual Artists Ireland. Dublin City Council will commission a public sculpture in each of the DCC administrative areas: North West, North Central, Central, South Central and South East. The curatorial framework for Sculpture Dublin will be structured around the specificities of each commission site, with strong emphasis on context, user-communities and topographical features. Please note artists can apply for one Sculpture Dublin commission only.
The commission for the South East Area will be developed in Bushy Park, Dublin 6W.
Artist Brief: Artist-Brief-Bushy-Park.pdf
Budget: The total budget for this commission is €100,000. This is inclusive of all costs and VAT
Stage 1 Deadline: 4 September, 12 noon
Site Visit: A site visit for interested artists will take place in Bushy Park, at the bandstand, at 12 noon on 21 August 2020. The briefing will include a question and answer session, and will be filmed and posted on Vimeo
This commission invites artists to respond to Bushy Park, a substantial suburban park that accommodates a variety of recreational uses within the remains of a historic demesne landscape. Bushy Park is characterised by its topographical diversity and interest. Fresh prospects reveal themselves around every corner, sustaining curiosity and discovery. Artists are asked to explore Bushy Park, its assorted terrains and contemporary uses, and identify a space within the park that resonates with them. A work of scale might be imagined for an open expanse of grassland, or a modest woodland intervention, water feature or folly. Importantly, the site must speak to you and your work and provoke a sensitive and considered aesthetic response. You might choose to draw the eye close to detail or open up a new and surprising vista. Ultimately, the work should encourage a new encounter with nature and provoke a moment of wonder that will enhance and refine the meaning of the chosen location. Through a two-stage open competition, Sculpture Dublin asks artists to propose a new permanent public artwork for Bushy Park. Stage One calls for artists to submit proposals for a sculpture to be installed in the park in August 2021.
Commissioning a new artwork for Bushy Park presents artists with a rare opportunity to engage with an open brief. Intentionally broad in scope, it encourages artists to visit the park, survey it and observe its myriad uses; then to form a relationship with a particular space within it and select the location they feel demands some form of sculptural response. It envisages that the commission will facilitate a more meaningful interaction between people and place.For more information about Bushy Park, including historical overview, maps and photographs, see brief.
The creation of a sculpture to be sited within Bushy Park is the central focus of this commission. However, the completed work may evolve through a variety of artistic approaches and/or incorporate works made in other artforms, e.g. one-off artistic interventions, collaborative projects, workshops, inter-disciplinary responses, time-based or digital works, etc. Proposals for works in any material medium are welcome. A local public engagement programme will be developed around the artwork and the commissioned artist will be invited to contribute to this.
See Artist Brief for more.
This is a two-stage, open competition. The closing date for Stage One submissions is 12 noon on 4 September 2020.
Submissions should be submitted electronically via the Sculpture Dublin website: www.sculpturedublin.ie
Artists should provide the following information as part of their submission:
- Contact information (name, address, email address and phone number). To be entered into an online form on the Sculpture Dublin website.
- CV: please submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Maximum 3 pages to be uploaded as a single PDF document to the Sculpture Dublin website.
- Documentation of work: please submit up to 5 examples of relevant previous work, including written descriptions, photographs, and where appropriate, links to videos hosted on Vimeo. All information should be compiled into a single PDF document to be uploaded to the Sculpture Dublin website.
- Proposal: outlining each of the following:
- Artistic vision for the commission (concept, process and proposed work);
- How the vision for the work relates to the context and site;
- Visualisations and descriptions of the proposed work (i.e. visual material, technical drawings, working methodology, installation etc.);
- An outline project plan, budget and timeline.
All Proposal information should be compiled into a single PDF document to be uploaded to the Sculpture Dublin website.
The Selection Panel will evaluate submissions against the Selection Criteria (see brief) and choose a shortlist of up to five proposals. Shortlisted artists will be invited to make a more detailed Stage Two proposal.
Stage Two will comprise of a limited competition with up to five shortlisted artists invited by the Selection Panel to make submissions. A detailed brief will be issued for this stage. Shortlisted artists will be requested to provide a more comprehensive analysis of the concept, methodology, technical information, time frame and finances of their proposal in Stage Two. Artists may be invited to attend an interview with the Selection Panel before a final selection is made.
Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee of €1,000 for completing the Stage Two submission/application process.
Following receipt of second stage proposals, the Selection Panel will make a final decision.
The Selection Panel will consist of some or all of the following: Representative of DCC Parks and Landscape Services; Representative(s) of the City Arts Office; Representative of the Hugh Lane Gallery; Member of the Sculpture Dublin Steering Group; External expert (artist/curator); South East Area public representative; Local Terenure/Templeogue/Rathfarnham community representatives.
Artists are welcome to submit queries about this brief and the commissioning process to Karen Downey by 12 noon on 28 August 2020. Please email any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Query: Sculpture Dublin – Bushy Park Commission” as a reference in the subject line.