Donaghmore Village Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

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Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm.
DDCA 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 £30,000 (inclusive of VAT) Appointment of the successful artist/design team is contingent upon the availability of funds from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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

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 in the brief) using the Evaluation Criteria set out in Appendix B. Please read Appendix A in the brief carefully and comply fully with the requirements.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 30th April 2015 at 5pm. 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
£500 is available to up to three artists / teams who will be invited to present their proposals to the selection panel. Shortlisted artists / teams will be invited to a site visit when informed of selection to stage 2, 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.

Theme : Celebrating Donaghmore’s History & Heritage

Donaghmore is a village very proud of its rich history and heritage. There are a number of monuments that exist in the village that remind us of the past such as; the stone walls, High Cross, Bronze age burial sites & Listed Buildings that have all shaped the heritage of the village.

Despite a lot of good relations work already having taking place some people are still living with the trauma of the Troubles. The highly visible location of the sculpture will remind everyone of moving on and should celebrate the many aspects of our shared history and heritage. The desire of the local people is to accommodate differences for the sake of providing a safe environment for their children and grandchildren.

‘New-comer families’ have made Donaghmore their home and this sculpture will represent our openness to share our past and the willingness of the community to welcome new influences in the future. An interactive sculpture would encourage those who enjoy it to remember its meaning and ethos.

The villages beautiful monuments remind us of our past heritage and history and this new sculpture should signify our new evolving heritage; acknowledging the importance of our past but looking forward to our bright and exciting shared peaceful future. An interactive sculpture would allow the community to not only appreciate the artwork but be part of it

What the community said in consultation:

“The blacksmith’s yard was a place for a yarn and a place to hear all the latest news and craic”. “

“I used to sit in school and listen out for the sound of the anvil in the street outside and I loved that sound “

The pipe band..” The pipe band was important because it was naturally cross community”

Queries to

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 April 2015 at 5pm
Late submissions will not be accepted
Applications must be in English and prices in £ Sterling, inclusive of VAT

Submissions should be posted to:
Aisling McElhone
DDCA, Torrent Complex, 9 Hillview Avenue, Donaghmore, BT70 3DL, NI
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