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Castleblayney Commission Opportunity

Deadline: December 9, 2014, 9:00 am

Castleblayney Community Enterprise seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total budget available for the artwork is up to £47,000 (inclusive of VAT)

The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday 9th December 2014. The selection panel will consider submissions received by this deadline and select up to three artists to go forward to Stage 2 of this process.

£500 will be made available to up to three artists / teams who will be invited to present their proposals to the selection panel. The proposal must include; sketch designs, visualisations and/or a maquette as well as an explanation of the concept for the artwork, how it relates to our theme and how the artist/artist team would approach its design, fabrication and installation. Details of maintenance requirements and lifespan expectations should also form part of the presentation.

Castleblayney is a border town close to the County Armagh border and had over the years suffered from the legacy of the troubles and from lack of economic and social investment.  In more recent years much valuable work is been undertaken by many important local community groups and organisations such as Castleblayney Community Enterprise the Community Group driving this Project, which address issues and themes of sectarianism and cultural differences in an attempt to promote understanding and tolerance. 

This Building Peace Project through the Arts sought to build further on this good work and support community cohesion by helping to facilitate discussion with people who had been reluctant to explore and talk about sensitive issues of the past.  It was intended that this focused dialogue would look at particular stories from the past which may be used to help acknowledge and celebrate our differences and give recognition to any such achievements which would then be used to produce a shared piece of art work.

For full details download the artists brief below.