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Cushendall Public Art Commission

Deadline: February 13, 2015, 1:00 pm

Cairns Residents Group 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 £40,000 (inclusive of VAT).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 13th February 2015. 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.

Stage 2 Proposal

£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.

The artist/artist team must demonstrate how the work can be implemented within the allocated budget and details of the anticipated duration of the project with timescale broken down into research, production and delivery. The selection panel aims to select one artist/team to undertake the commission.

The Cairns community will be at the heart of this project and the selected artist/artist team must demonstrate how they will work with the community to develop a sense of ownership/pride in the piece and the environment and most importantly help create a shared space for all. Therefore the artist/artist team must also outline the approach they will take to engage and work with the local community and showcase the successful project.

Selected artist/teams must submit their presentations to Anne Quinn by Friday 13th February 2015. 


The project seeks to develop a legacy artwork that will reflect the Cairns’ community and their involvement with the Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme and its themes of community cohesion, regeneration through the arts, positive relations at the local level, peace and reconciliation, connecting communities.

Cairns Residents Group is working in an area of Cushendall that traditionally has featured a number of community issues including anti-social behaviour. The group have been working to revitalise a derelict space that was a gathering place for those engaged in these activities and by working with a range of partners including the community, young people and local residents to make the area a welcoming, shared space that will benefit everyone.

For further details, download the full brief below.

Download Artists Brief Cairns Residents Group.pdf(491 KB)