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A Creative Community Engagement Programme

Deadline: February 11, 2015, 9:00 am

Pump House Gallery is seeking a socially engaged artist or creative, with a specialism in Public Art for a Community Engagement Programme.  Ballymore Developments (UK) has commissioned three new Public Art Sculptures to be sited in and around the new Linear Park in Nine Elms as part of the first Phase of Embassy Gardens. Pump House Gallery is commissioned by Ballymore to deliver a community engagement programme in response to these new artworks and in the context of the area’s regeneration.

The aim of the programme is to connect young people in the local community with the process of creating art in the public realm; exploring and questioning the processes of curating, fabricating, siting of the works, the rationale for doing so and long term aspirations for a well designed, public realm for all. Potential outcomes created with the young people will need to convey interpretation of the artworks which can be shared with a wider audience.

Pump House Gallery, in Battersea Park, is a contemporary art gallery with participation at its core. Part of Wandsworth Council, the gallery programmes contemporary arts exhibitions and projects, as well as delivering a range of community engagement projects.

Applicants will have previous experience of successful, engaging approaches to working with young people and/or community groups and will be familiar with the contemporary arts in the public realm context and debates around this.

The confirmed artists and artwork are Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq (ROD), Sarah Lucas (part of her Forian series) and Simon Fujiwara (Modern Marriage).The programme will work with at least one local secondary school, and there is potential to link with other local schools and/or community groups. The school group is expected to be Key Stage 3, and in years 7/8 or 9.

The programme will begin in mid February and run alongside the development of the art work. The initial timeline is expected to be:

  • Spring/Summer - Project to begin late February, when fabrication of the artwork is expected to begin. It may be possible to see artwork being created and meet the artists/their teams in person.
  • Summer - The first artwork will be sited in the summer period, with initial outcome of the school project created by end of school summer term.
  • Autumn/Winter - All public artwork will be in situ by end of 2015, with a launch event occurring in this period. Outcomes from this engagement project must be complete at this time.

Brief Aims and Outcomes

  • To engage local young people in a project which explores the role of art in the public realm
  • To facilitate young peoples’ reflection about the long term transformation of their local neighbourhood
  • Provide opportunities for young people to see the fabrication of large public work and learn more about the range of processes involved in creating large sculptures.
  • To manage, coordinate and oversee workshops with a local secondary school, including providing detailed risk assessments and having an up to date DBS. (Pump House Gallery will confirm the school partner).
  • To provide opportunities to engage a wider audience in the project and any outcomes.
  • Where possible, to liaise with the artists, commissioners and curators of the public artwork, involving them in the programme Outcomes may be, for example, digital, printed, online. We are seeking innovative proposals which allow for young peoples’ input and stretch their expectations 
  • To create tangible outcomes which presents documentation of the processes involved, interpretation of the artwork and provides a legacy to share with a wider community and audience.

Budget: £8,000

Application Method and Timeline

Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, including a brief project outline, budget breakdown and links to their work, to Anneke Kuipers ([email protected]), by 11th February. Potential artists will be contacted to discuss the project in more details. 

Contact Anneke with any questions on 0208 871 7432

For more information about Pump House Gallery click here.