Folktown Community Interest Company, Belfast, Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

newsBuilding Peace through the Arts – River of Life: Marquis St Public Art Commission

Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. Folktown Community Interest Company 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).

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. We wish to create a positive welcoming environment and tackle stereotypes, sectarianism and racism, and we wish to create a catalyst for change in our area, stimulating regeneration and economic growth.

Theme: A River of Life
The theme was chosen because it reflects on the constant movement of people from all walks of life, the flow of light and the ever-present music in Folktown. Folktown is a transient and vibrant area with a rich heritage and many new residents are from a mixed cultural background. We want the artwork to reflect the emerging diversity in the area; tying in the fascinating heritage with a bright future, using the metaphor of the river, which runs underneath Castle Street. Folktown is in the heart of the city centre, yet often overlooked and many parts are underused. It has a stigma relating to the recent Troubles, and many people from across the city and beyond have never visited the area. Often, at night, people feel unsafe walking through the area. With the artwork we want to change the perception of the area and to make some of the underused spaces more inviting and safer to use. The local community of small traders, youth organisations, churches and arts organisations have come together through Folktown CIC to address these issues to the benefit of all in the local community and beyond.

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 Expressions of Interest is 12 noon, 27th 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.

Folktown CIC 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:
Sophie Rasmussen, Folktown CIC, 48 King St, Belfast, BT1 6AD

Please note that all submissions should be posted in hard copy
The application must be submitted no later than 12 noon on 27th May 2015
Applications must be in English and prices in £ Sterling, inclusive of VAT

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