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Call for artists: Histon Road recreation ground, Cambridge – Public Art Commission

Deadline: September 12, 2013, 3:00 pm

At a local community workshop, a suggestion was made for Cambridge City Council to improve the entrances to the Histon Road Recreation Ground. The Council recognised that the entrances to the Recreation Ground need to be refreshed and access improved, in terms of quality and visibility. In November 2012, the principle to fund and develop a public art commission was approved.

Cambridge City Council are now seeking to commission an artist or artist ‘group’ to design and deliver a bespoke artwork/s, which celebrates and improves the three entrances to the Histon Road Recreation Ground.

The work should be:

  • contemporary;
  • act as a marker to clearly define the routes into the green space;
  • encourage use of the open space by the wider community; and
  • be inspired by the space itself and the local context.

The artist/s will be:

  • expected to undertake a high level of community interaction requiring them to engage with local school children;
  • required to develop a creative engagement programme within the schools, which explores the local social history or the local natural environment;
  • expected to use this activity as research and inspiration for the development of the design of the entrances, in order that the design is site specific.

The final designs for the entrances do not need to literally reflect designs from the engagement with the children but they must be inspired by that engagement. The project must be lead and run with integrity for the children’s involvement.

As part of the engagement programme, we require the artist/s to develop ideas of how to bring the children of the two schools together with a common purpose during the engagement element of the project and also at an annual community event; this will of course involve close liaison with both schools.

The artwork(s) must be installed, completed and handed over to the Council by the end of August 2014 with an opening event taking place in September 2014.

The maximum budget for this commission is £43,000.

Deadline: 3pm on September 12th 2013 for receiving Expressions Of Interest.

For more information about this commission, please contact:
Nadine Black, Public Art Officer
Telephone: 01223 457273
Email: [email protected]
Andrew Preston, Project Delivery & Environment Manager
Telephone: 01223 457271
Mobile: 07900 402192
Email: [email protected]

Click here for more information and the artist brief.

Click here to download the brief.(376 KB)