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Blackhorse Lane Public Art Commission: Call for Artists and Designers

Deadline: April 23, 2013

We Made That are pleased to announce an open call for designers and artists. The London Borough of Waltham Forest has been awarded funding through the Mayor’s Outer London Fund to carry out a series of improvements in the Blackhorse Lane area. These improvements, led by architecture practice We Made That in collaboration with graphic designers Europa and charity The Architecture Foundation, will include transformations to streetscapes, shops and industrial frontages in the area. All works are planned for completion by March 2014.

Art Commission Overview
As part of the Blackhorse Lane project there is a desire to commission an artist or designer to develop and deliver a permanent piece of public art for the gable wall of 6 Blackhorse Lane. This artwork will respond to the area’s unique industrial heritage and will present a public welcome for those arriving from Blackhorse Road station.

There is potential for the artwork to connect with other gable walls along Blackhorse Lane though this will be dependent upon budget and permissions. A detailed design brief including site plans and elevations will be circulated to the three successful shortlisted practices (please consult commissioning process section below).

Commissioning Process
The successful artist or designer will be selected through a two part competitive process as follows:

Stage 1: Open Call for Artists. Interested parties submit portfolios of relevant past work and a short text briefly outlining their design approach.

Stage 2: Key project stakeholders select three shortlisted practitioners to receive a detailed design brief to which to respond with design concepts. One winner is selected from the shortlist based on their proposed scheme and awarded the commission.

Submission Guidelines
Should you wish to be considered for the Blackhorse Lane Public Art Commission please send a PDF of no more than 10 pages and a maximum of 10Mb that includes:

  • At least three relevant past projects including details of timelines, budgets and present status of the project. Please include photos and text for all projects showcased.
  • A biography of no more than 500 words. Please include details of where your studio is located.
  • A maximum 500-word text outlining your initial thoughts/approach to the commission.

Please use the link below to download the full open call document.

Please send your submission to: [email protected] by 23rd April 2013, with the subject line ‘Blackhorse Lane Art Commission’.

Submissions will be accepted from collectives or collaborative teams. However please note that the artist fee cannot be scaled to reflect multiple team members.

The three shortlisted artists will receive £500 + VAT to work up design concepts. A total budget of £13,000 + VAT is available for realising the final artwork – this figure is envisage to cover all fees, production costs and permission fees required to realise the project. (Note: It is anticipated that the artist fee will be approximately £3,000 + VAT and the production budget £10,000 + VAT. Shortlisted artists will be asked to submit an outline budget at Stage 2.)

Click here to download the Call for Artists.(1,472 KB)

The gable wall of 6 Blackhorse Lane

The gable wall of 6 Blackhorse Lane