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Banbury Gateway Shopping Park Commission

Deadline: March 11, 2016

The Crown Estate wish to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced artist to create a bespoke and distinctive public artwork for the Banbury Gateway Shopping Park. The purpose of the public artwork is to create an attractive and notable feature that links to the history and heritage of the area, whilst conveying a contemporary and aspirational style.

Banbury Gateway Shopping Park is situated 2 miles north east of Banbury Town centre, adjacent to J11 of the M40. The first phase opened towards the end of October and boasts, 12 leading retailers and restaurants including Primark and M&S and is designed to create a major new fashion and shopping destination in the region. The scheme will be fully open in February 2016 when the last three remaining units on the scheme including Next and New Look open.

The selected artist will work with the Crown Estate’s advisors, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT) and Cherwell District Council Officers to determine where to site the artwork to best effect within the newly opened Park. Initial thoughts are that the public art will reflect in some way the history and heritage of the site or wider Banbury area, and in particular Artists are asked to consider the theme of Crossroads and Gateways.

The objectives for the artwork are to;

  • Create unique and distinctive artwork(s) that are of high quality: work which is durable and easy to maintain and which integrates with the functional requirements of the immediate area.
  • Strengthens the personality and identity of the development, in an innovative and engaging way.  
  • Provides an enjoyable focal point for residents and visitors

The budget for the public art is capped at £44,000.  This budget must include all costs; artists’ fees, materials, enablement works, delivery to and installation on site.

Deadline for Expression of interest: 11th March 2016

Download Banbury Gateway Artist Brief.pdf(255 KB)