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Artist Commission - Light Artist Open Call - Pwllheli

Deadline: January 12, 2015

A preliminary call for expressions of interest has been announced for artists working in light & digital media for a new public art commission at @PlasHeli Welsh National Sailing Academy & Events Centre, Pwllheli. 

The future light art commissioning brief for the new Welsh Sailing Academy & Events Centre in Pwllheli is currently under development, with the first stage of a 2-part artist call process launching via a blog site and accompanying Facebook community page.

PlasHeli is due to open in summer 2015 and will be a new regional, national and international centre of excellence for sailing in Wales. The National Sailing Academy and Events Centre project is part funded by the European Regional Developmewnt Fund through Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council. As part of this, Plas Heli along with clients Gwynedd Council, funders Arts Council of Wales, and architects EWA have appointed public art collaborative Atoll to develop opportunities for a series of light based art commissions for the building, and which look to exploit the artistic medias of projection mapping using lighting, digital and creative technology, film, video or optical arts. It is hoped that such work might be somehow aligned to the wider engagement programme of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies being planned by UNESCO in 2015 (IYL 2015).

These future artworks are seen as being of an inspirational quality to enhance the stunning new architectural context of Plas Heli, whilst also engaging with both local community and visitor alike. They are seen as being largely permanent yet intermittent installations, which can help flag the strategic importance of this dynamic new academy and inspire a new generation of world class racing sailors. The work also needs to contribute significantly to the rapidly expanding cultural tourism offer of the wider Llŷn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay. The area around Pwllheli is located adjacent to a classified  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Technology utilised is hoped might potentially overlap into other alternative uses, including practical (video and film projection, performative lighting and wayfinding) and community uses (education, interpretation and digital Apps & gaming). Other overlaps could include such things as sustainable technologies and renewable energy, as well as other new media linked to such things as weather, positional gps and sailing. The utilisation of interactive and immersive arts using open-source electronics platforms like Arduino, Max/MSP and Kinect would also be welcome.


Full details of the commission will be announced on 5th January 2015.

The deadline for artist submission date will be 12th January 2015

Interview date for artists will be 19th January 2015 (at a time and venue to be announced)

Interested parties are invited to complete this Wufoo form or click the Expression of Interest page.