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DiverseCity Community Partnership - Public Art Tender

Deadline: June 27, 2013

The DiverseCity Community Partnership, through the leadership of Holywell Trust, is currently developing a new purpose-built community facility at 8-14 Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry. Resources have been secured from Arts Council for Northern Ireland for the installation of Public Art within the building.

Holywell Trust wish to appoint artists to develop and install permanent art piece/s for Zone 4 – Ground Floor Toilets. This commission is to create a memorable artwork that brings a sense of fun to the building.

The appointed artists will be required to:

  • Consult with DiverseCity Community Partnership member organisations about the art to be developed.
  • Design public artwork for installation within agreed space within the building. 
  • Work with the Steering Group members to ensure that the artwork is acceptable to the Trust before installation. 
  • Work with contractors and our team members to ensure the smooth delivery and installation of the artwork.
  • Ensure that the development and installation of the artwork is delivered on time and within the budget to be agreed upon appointment. 
  • Attend the launch/unveiling of the public art piece.
  • Liaise with other successful artists to ensure, where possible, that the artworks are complementary in design. 

Project Team Details
Holywell Trust has established a Steering Group to oversee the appointment of artists and the development and installation of the artwork. This Steering Group is made up of representatives from the partner members of the DiverseCity Community Partnership, the Senior Responsible Owner and Project Sponsor from the building process and representatives from our funders, Arts Council for Northern Ireland.

Site & Conditions
The building where the artworks are to be located are currently under construction. The building is due to be completed by the end of December 2013. A full works schedule will be made available to the successful artists.

Community Participation/Consultation
As detailed above, appointed artists will be expected to engage with representatives from each of the DiverseCity Community Partnership member organisations and other tenants to be located in the building. Depending on the proposals received this can be organised with the support of Holywell Trust. As a minimum artists will be expected to present their thoughts & plans at a forum event at which they will receive feedback from member groups.

Management of Public Art Process
The process of appointing artists for each of the public artwork zones will be managed by the Steering Group established by Holywell Trust.

Selection Process Details
The selection process will follow the best practice model as recommended by Arts Council for Northern Ireland. This is a 2-stage process.

Stage 1
Artists are asked to submit:

  • Statement of Interest
  • CV – including the following information: Information on past public artworks that they have been commissioned to deliver, including: Up to 6 images; Dates delivered; Budget; Project management role played; and Engagement carried out to inform the artwork.

The deadline for the receipt of completed applications for Stage 1 is Thursday 27th June 2013.

Stage 2
Artists that have been selected to proceed to Stage 2 of the process will receive an invitation to apply on Monday 13th May. A maximum of 4 artists will be asked to complete Stage 2 of the process. Those that are selected will receive a fee of £250 (inclusive of VAT and all other costs) to allow them to prepare and submit a detailed proposal including the development of models etc.

Artists are required to submit the following within a detailed proposal:

  • Maquette of proposed artwork
  • Design boards of proposed artwork
  • Detailed budget outlining all proposed costs for the development of the artwork
  • Schedule of works
  • Statement on how the artist proposes to carry out engagement with the DiverseCity Community Partnership
  • Health & safety plan
  • Details on ongoing maintenance of the installed artwork.

The deadline for the receipt of completed applications for Stage 2 is Thursday 15th August 2013.

Artists that have been invited to submit a proposal under Stage 2 of this process will be required to attend an interview in relation to their proposal on Thursday 22nd August 2013.

The successful artist will be appointed on 26th August. A contract detailing the requirements of the Trust will be agreed at this point.

Budget & Payment Schedule
The budget for the development and installation of the artwork for Zone 4 – Ground Floor Toilets is £6,000 (inc. VAT). This is a maximum budget and artists should be aware of best value considerations when preparing their submissions.

Click here to visit the website to download a full brief.

Frontage of the 8-14 Bishop Street (May 2011).

Frontage of the 8-14 Bishop Street (May 2011).