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Great Western Road, Public Arts project

Deadline: May 15, 2013

Public Arts Project, Great Western Road: Commissioning Brief for Artists

I.    Overall Aim
To create and deliver an innovative art project that will engage and inspire residents of Raglan’s new housing development.

In particular the project should promote community relations, consider issues of sustainability and ultimately leave a lasting legacy or memory for individuals in the area.

II.    Key Objectives
In order for the project to be successful, it must address three key principles:

  • engaging residents in the project (i.e. either in the design or as part of the art itself) 
  • providing a sustainable legacy/memory 
  • identifying Raglan as an organisation that actively supports innovation in art

Location:  Great Western Road, Chard, Somerset

Development Type and Background:
This 46-unit scheme comprises both affordable rented and shared ownership homes in the following mix:
Rent (32 units) Flats and houses, from 1 bed to 3 bed
Shared Ownership (14 units) 2 bed to 3bed Houses

Information on local area and development
This is a brownfield site and is part of the former Chard Central Station land; full planning permission was granted in October 2011. It is located close to the town centre amenities and there is easy access to Crewkerne, Axminster and Honiton. It is well located for commuting to other centres like Exeter, Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil, by either car or bus. It is located near our existing stock at Coker Way, where we currently have both shared ownership and rented homes. The homes will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and will have gas central heating, together with gas saver units for the houses and solar panels for the flats. This will help to reduce the impact on the environment and energy costs for our residents.

IV.    Artistic Brief
Raglan Housing Association Ltd are open to any idea, form, concept, style or medium of art.

It does not need to be physical (so film or song is welcome); however they would ask that it meet the following criteria:

  • it’s innovative, bold and reflects Raglan’s values (customer driven, open, sustainable, diverse, forward thinking)
  • it cannot advertise or endorse controversial/political themes
  • it should appeal to range of people from different backgrounds and demographic groups 

Topic Suggestions

The project does not need to address these issues, but it is worth noting that some key areas of interest for the organisation include:

  • conservation and the environment
  • inter-generational relations
  • housing and health
  • local history and characters

V.    Budget

This project has a total budget of £34,000.00

This must cover both the costs of materials and the artist’s time, as well as any associated costs for resident involvement.

VI.    Who Can Apply and Time-Scales

The commission is open to anyone but Raglan Housing Association Ltd would especially support contact from single artists, groups of artists, art students or artist led schools/colleges/universities. 

The development is due to be completed in June 2013, however the art project does not need to be delivered after this date.

VII.    Selection
The Artist/Artists will be selected by a interview panel comprising of both staff and residents.

How to Apply…
In order to apply, Raglan Housing Association Ltd require some examples of previous works with references and any ideas for a potential project (up to half a side of A4).

All applications must be received by 15/05/2013 and successful applicant(s) will be informed shortly after.

Therefore please send all applications to:

Raglan Housing Association Ltd
Suite C Lancaster House
Grange Business Park
Enderby Road
Leicester LE8 6EP

Or email your application to [email protected]

For any additional information please telephone Leyla Mesout on 01293 780405.

Click here to download the Project Brief.(1,079 KB)