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Andover Business Park - Public Art Commission

Deadline: August 28, 2013, 5:00 pm

Andover Business Park - Public Art Commission
Call For Expressions Of Interest
‘Flight And Navigation’

Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) in partnership with Goodman wish to commission a work of public art for the new Andover Business Park. It is envisaged that this piece will provide a landmark for the site, marking the entrance to Andover, and will make reference to the history of the site as RAF Andover. The theme for the project is Flight and Navigation. It is intended that this theme will provide inspiration for the piece in which to encapsulate the aims and objectives stated below:

  • To commission a work of art that will celebrate the regeneration of Andover Business Park whilst encapsulating the history of the site as RAF Andover.
  • To produce an artwork of sufficient scale and impact to create a landmark that appeals to a broad audience and inspires comment beyond its immediate locality.
  • To engage with users of the site and other communities living close to the site.

Andover Business Park has a rich history as RAF Andover, with several experimental military aircraft making their first flights from the airfield and as the first British military unit to be equipped with helicopters. In 2007 the site was acquired and has been transformed into a new business park, currently housing the Co-op food distribution Centre and Marston’s Breweries currently building a hotel/pub. The site runs adjacent to a major road, the A303, and is located by one of the main exits from this road into Andover Town. The artwork is intended as a landmark for the park, and must be of sufficient size and scale to create an impact. This may involve one major work or a series of smaller works that are linked by the theme. The materials must be durable and easy to maintain.

The budget for the project is £88,000 and the development of the artwork must include engagement with the users of the park and communities from surrounding areas. Artists applying must have a proven track record of work in the public realm on a similar scale.

Five artists will be shortlisted from initial applications and awarded £1,000 each to develop a full proposal to be presented to the commissioning panel in December 2013. The final commission will be awarded to one of these artists for completion in 2014.

For more information and to obtain a full artist’s brief please contact Test Valley Borough Council Arts Officer, Alex Hoare: [email protected] or tel: 01264 368844. Please note that Alex only works Monday to Wednesday for TVBC.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 5.00pm on Wednesday 28th August 2013.

Click here to download a full brief.(438 KB)