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Ordsall Hall Community and Public Art Schemes

Deadline: July 10, 2009, 12:00 pm

Public Commission 'Timeline'

Salford City Council are developing a programme of community and public art schemes as part of a major project to restore and transform Ordsall Hall into a 21st Century visitor attraction.

A public art commission is being offered for a North West based artist to design and manage the fabrication and installation of a Timeline public art feature, to be installed in the new route along the front façade of Ordsall Hall.  The aim of the Timeline is to illustrate the chronology of the Hall. As part of the commission, the appointed artist will plan and deliver community arts activities to develop ideas for the content of the Timeline. This commission is an opportunity for an artist to engage local people in meaningful creative activities to enhance the relationship between the community and the artwork.

Ordsall Hall is a Grade 1 Listed building dating from the 14th century.  The building shows architectural and archaeological change, particularly in the 14th, 16th, 17th and 19th centuries.  As such it is a ‘living timeline’ or reflection of social change for over 700 years.

This artwork should increase intellectual access to Ordsall Hall and its grounds, offering an innovative interpretation of the time span of the Hall, as well as looking to the future.  

We are looking for a North West based artist, who has:

  • Experience of managing large scale public art commissions.
  • Experience of delivering community engagement workshops to generate ideas for and understanding of public art.
  • A strong track record of working in the public realm to a range of client briefs and managing contractors.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with partners and the local community.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing the safe design and installation of public art.
  • Innovative and varied art practice.


The total budget for this commission is £59, 500 broken down as follows:

Artist fees:

Artist fees for community workshops and creative activities:

Materials and fabrication budget :


Materials and fabrication budget: community workshops and creative activities:


We are looking to appoint an artist by August 2009 until approximately May 2011.  The development of the public art commission will take place around the building and landscaping schedule.

For a copy of the full brief, person specification and details of how to register your interest, please contact Danielle St-Amour, Principal Arts Development Officer, Salford City Council.

Email: [email protected]; Tel: 0161 778 0834; Postal address: Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, Salford M5 4WU.

The closing date for completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 10th July 2009

Interviews will take place in Salford on Tuesday 21st July and Wednesday 22nd July 2009.

Download the full artist's brief(92 KB)