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Belfast City Council Public Art Commission

Deadline: November 11, 2014, 12:00 pm

Belfast City Council (BCC) in partnership with the City Cemetery Decorative Arts Project Steering Group has been successful in its application to take part in the Building Peace through the Arts Programme – Re-Imaging Communities. BCC is now calling for expressions of interest for a new public artwork, from experienced and suitably qualified artist(s), or design team.  The budget available for the artwork is £50,000 (with potential increase to £64,000).

The project’s Steering Group invite Expression of Interest applications from artists/design teams, from which a suitably selected and qualified panel (Project Steering Group) can shortlist artists to work up detailed design proposals. To date, a Facilitating Artist has been employed, to engage with the local community and prepare a report, which has resulted in the Artist’s Brief.

The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest will be the date advertised on the e-sourcingni portal. Please submit all responses through the e-sourcingni portal. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Stage 2 will involve the Project Steering Group shortlisting a maximum of 3 artists/design teams, who will then be invited to work up detailed design proposals, for presentation, to the selection panel. Shortlisted artists/design teams will be notified by the date on the e-sourcingni portal. Design proposals, including models, if supplied, will be presented, by artists, in person, to the Steering Group, on the date on the e-sourcingni portal.  The successful artist(s) / design team will be notified during the following week.

The provision of a major piece of artwork is an exciting challenge and will be enthusiastically anticipated by the communities and stakeholders who are closely linked to the City Cemetery.

The project will be based on close community engagement and involvement, during the design and production of the final piece of artwork. It is essential that the artwork would mean something to the local residents and stakeholders, instilling a sense of pride in the area. The piece of public art should reflect the City Cemetery’s unique location; the legacy and the cost of Belfast’s journey from its infancy, through industrial revolution, worldwide conflict to present day; which will celebrate the richness and the diversity of life passing through the cemetery; and it will be respectful to users, stakeholders and the community.

For the Artist’s Brief, including an expression of interest form, please view: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tenders  or https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/