York Road, Belfast, Building Peace through the Arts Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

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Arts for All, York Road and potential second site tbc – Public Art Commission

Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. Arts for All, York Road, Belfast 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 £40,000 (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 past and present aspects of life in north Belfast and hopes for what a future north Belfast society might look like. 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. This project aims to build community cohesion between the Tiger’s Bay and New Lodge areas. These are areas which have many issues arising from the conflict and the legacy of the conflict. Sectarian tension is high and there have been a number of race attacks in the Tiger’s Bay area over the last year. Ideas coming out of the consultation period are for an art work which reflects north Belfast’s rich history while looking forward to a culturally diverse future north Belfast which is welcome to people from all backgrounds.

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 Artists Brief) using the evaluation criteria set out in Appendix B in the Artists Brief. Please read Appendix A carefully and comply fully with the requirements. The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on 28th 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 the 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.

Arts for All and the wider steering group 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 and 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:
Heather Floyd, Arts for All, 23 York Road, Belfast BT15 3GU

Please note that all submissions should be posted in hard copy
The application must be submitted no later than  12 noon, Thursday 28th May 2015
Applications must be in English and prices in £ Sterlinginclusive of VAT

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