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Pennine Prospects: Canal Connections Public Art Commissions

Deadline: November 23, 2012, 5:00 pm

Pennine Prospects, the rural regeneration partnership for the South Pennines, wants to appoint up to 3 artists now to undertake 3 public art commissions to help interpret the Rochdale Canal in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Luddendenfoot with a further possible artist's commission in Sowerby Bridge coming on stream if further funding is secured.

Pennine Prospects are seeking an artist or artists experienced at creating robust artworks for sensitive public sites.

The projects are part of the Canal Connections Interpretation Programme to enhance understanding and enjoyment of the Rochdale Canal, once the M62 of its day.

The Aims of the Artworks programme are:

  • Contributing to a multi-layered interpretation of the canals
  • Offering alternative visual ways to enhance understanding and the enjoyment of the canal network
  • Drawing people towards and onto the canal network as a pedestrian amenity
  • Encouraging exploration
  • Encouraging return visits by offering a stimulating and different experience
  • Broadening the appeal to include children and young people

Pennine Prospects are looking for works that are robust and welcome projects that offer literary references, humour or playfulness whilst contributing to the overall narrative of the canal network.

The budget for each commission is £20,000 to include fees, fabrication, foundations and installation.

Pennine Prospects may appoint one artist to undertake all the commissions or may appoint 2 or 3 artists to the programme. 

If you are interested in applying please email Geoff Wood of Working pArts for the brief and express interest as described in the submission requirements.

The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm on the 23rd November and interviews will take place during week commencing 3rd December.

Appointments will be made by 10th December and Pennine Prospects require the artworks to be completed and installed by October 2013 at the very latest.

Click here to download the Artist Brief.(562 KB)