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Lead Artist: Animating the Odeon, Chester

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Cheshire West and Chester Council are currently looking to appoint an artist to lead on a social engagement project in the old Odeon cinema in Chester.

The Odeon has been selected as the site for a new Theatre and Library in Chester and the Council are initiating a programme of work in two of the old shop units which are part of the building, in order to begin the process of bringing the building back to life and into people's imaginations. The ethos behind the project is to mark the process of change as the building transforms into a city centre theatre; to interact with its previous identity as a cinema and subsequently to its present form as a derelict building. 

Cheshire West and Chester Council wish to commission a lead artist to have an overarching view of this project in the Odeon Units over an eighteen month period, and coordinate a programme of activity within the units. The artist will work with the Arts and Festivals team and their partner organisations in developing a strategic, thematic approach for a programme of art commissions / interventions / projects / displays etc within the units.

The programme of activity should consider the place, the people, the surrounding environment, history, partner cultural activity and more.

Project Budget: There is an artist fee of £6000 + VAT. This is inclusive of expenses, travel and subsistence costs.  The artist will work on a self-employed basis.

Estimated budget of £4500 + VAT is available for a number of commissions and projects during the 18 month project.

Timescale: Project start date is May 2013 running until the end November 2014.

Longer term aims: Cheshire West and Chester Council hope that the projects will be a source of research material that may inform any future public artworks that are commissioned as part of the new theatre.

Closing date: Monday 15th April 2013.

For a copy of the brief, or for further further information, please contact Laura Orchard by email [email protected] or on 01244 976730.