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Orchard Gate benches Commission

Deadline: March 2, 2016, 9:00 am

Vale of White Horse District Council are looking for an artist specialising in stone and wood carving carving to create distinctive features in the public open space within the new housing development. Themes for the work will be identified through the research period, but it is hoped the chosen artist will create a unique feature/s that celebrates Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, and the surrounding area.

Vale of White Horse District Council adopted a percent for art policy in 1993 and encourages developers to utilise this opportunity to benefit the overall design of the buildings and public spaces created. The current policy for public art is set out in the Supplementary planning Guidelines for the 2006 local plan. Public art is always publicly visible, bespoke for the given location and made by a professional artist.

In the case of the development at Orchard Gate , the developers,  David Wilson Homes, have contributed funds to the district council public art policy and would like to work with local residents on the site of the new houses and the surrounding village of Kingston Bagpuize.

Aims of the commission

  • To design and make a unique and artistic seating sculptural features which contributes to and enhances the public open space.


  • Create a unique and distinctive features and bench area that is of high quality: work which is durable and easy to maintain and which integrates with the functional requirements of the immediate area.
  • Strengthens the personality and identity of the development, in an innovative and engaging way, drawing in local natural history, geology, and surrounding landscape for inspiration (such as orchards, agriculture and this history of Kingston Bagpuise).
  • To use the process of design and creation to help residents for a residents group and find a voice to help shape their community through the arts.

Budget: £8,000

Deadline 2nd March

For more information download the full brief below

Download Orchard Gate seating - Artists brief.pdf(89 KB)