Closing Date: Tuesday 11 June, 12 Noon.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council invites artists to complete a Pre – Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) for the opportunity to be included on a select list from which tenders will be invited to commission a piece of permanent public art at Antrim Lough Shore Park. The park is about to be transformed with the development of The Gateway and this flagship facility will have stunning views over Lough Neagh. A location map is included in Appendix I.
The Gateway will be complete in September 2019, showcasing the unique setting of Lough Neagh and will complement the high quality facilities at Antrim Castle Gardens which are about 10 minute walk away. The Gateway will feature a restaurant with an external terrace offering unparalleled views across Lough Neagh, along with an interpretative exhibition space and an activity provider.
The public art must be a unique piece for navigational and biodiversity purposes and must promote the folklore of Lough Neagh.
It is important to ensure the heritage value of the surrounding Lough Neagh shoreline is protected and enhanced. The project must focus on people’s access, enjoyment and understanding of the landscape and therefore will increase people’s awareness of the industrial and natural heritage of Lough Neagh, encouraging visitors to connect to the water shoreline.
Artists are required to interpret an appropriate medium for the art in line with these themes.
To comply with the conditions of the funding, the piece of art must be commissioned and installed by January 2020.
The evaluation and appointment of an artist(s) is in two stages – shortlisting stage (PQQ stage) (Stage 1) and tender stage (Stage 2). The top six highest scoring applicants and ties passing all of the requirements of the shortlisting stage will be invited to participate in the tender process.
The panel will carry out the evaluation process which will include assessing the PQQ submissions, shortlisting, assessing of tenders and appointment of final artist(s) to undertake the commission. The panel (subject to availability) will consist of:
• Antrim DEA members
• Officers from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
• Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership representation
• Two representatives from the Arts Advisory Panel
• Representation from local interest groups
The six highest scoring tenderers and those who achieve a pass in all the selection criteria will be shortlisted to proceed to Stage 2. Each applicant selected for Stage 2 will receive a budget of up to £500 (excl VAT) to assist in working up their design for the Stage 2 assessment.
1 Completed PQQs must be submitted online via the secure portal for e-Sourcing NI which can be found at e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk. If you have any technical questions relating to the portal, please contact the BravoSolution Supplier Helpdesk on 0800 368 4850 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm).