BARN (Birches Action Rural Network), Portadown, Building Peace through the Arts Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

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BARN (Birches Action Rural Network) Public Art Commission

Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. BARN seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total budget available for the artwork is up to £35,000 (inclusive of VAT).

Applicants are requested to read the full content of the Artist Brief, CLICK HERE, carefully as it contains important information pertaining to all stages of the commission.

The project seeks to develop a legacy artwork reflecting the group’s journey towards peace. The Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme themes are community cohesion, regeneration through the arts, positive relations at the local level, peace and reconciliation, connecting communities. The growing rural community at the Birches has witnessed a 23% growth in population in the last 10 years as new housing developments have expanded. A quarter of the population are of school age with only 14% over 65. BARN wish to re-image previous widespread misconceptions about apparent single identity local traditions, address community issues including sectarianism and racism, and encourage a renewed and welcoming identity which will be inviting to neighbouring communities, the wider Northern Ireland population and beyond.

Theme Title: Shining Out
Artists Idan Meir and Paul Mc Guckin were recruited to carry out creative community consultation with a wide range of stakeholders in the community. They presented a report containing their findings to the steering group including possible themes and potential site locations for the proposed artwork. The steering group agreed that ‘shining out’ was the theme most open to artistic interpretation.

Stage 1 Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest are sought from artists (or a team of collaborating artists) to deliver a piece of Public Art. Shortlisting will be based on the information provided (see Appendix A of the Artist Brief) using the Evaluation Criteria set out in Appendix B of the Artist Brief.  Please read Appendix A carefully and comply fully with the requirements. The deadline for receipt of applications is  12.00hrs on Tuesday 26th May 2015. The selection panel will consider submissions received by this deadline and select up to three artists to go forward to Stage 2 of this process.

Stage 2 Proposal
£500 will be made available to up to three artists/teams who will be invited to present their proposals to the selection panel. The proposal must include; sketch designs, visualisations and/or a maquette as well as an explanation of the concept for the artwork, how it relates to our theme and how the artist/artist team would approach its design, fabrication and installation. Details of maintenance requirements and lifespan expectations should also form part of the presentation. The artist/artist team must demonstrate how the work can be implemented within the allocated budget and details of the anticipated duration of the project with timescale broken down into research, production and delivery. The selection panel aims to select one artist/team to undertake the commission.

The Birches community will be at the heart of this project and the selected artist/artist team must demonstrate how they will work with the community to develop a sense of ownership/pride in the piece & the environment and most importantly help create a shared space for all. Therefore the artist/artist team must also outline the approach they will take to engage and work with the local community and showcase the successful project.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to:
BARN at 2 Clonmakate Road, Portadown, BT62 1LP 

Please note that all submissions should be posted in hard copy
The application must be submitted no later than  12 noon, Tuesday 26th May 2015
Applications must be in English and prices in £ Sterlinginclusive of VAT

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