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Public Art Commission - Western Shelter, Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan

Deadline: June 27, 2016, 12:00 pm

The Vale of Glamorgan Council are seeking to commission an exemplary, freelance Public Art Consultant to assist the Council’s arts development services, planning and wider project team in the development and delivery of a public realm art lighting work in the ‘Western Shelter’ on Barry Island, S.Wales.

The shelter is located on the promenade and is an open structure that embraces a row of seaside gift shops and arcades.  This public art development is an addition to the wider regeneration programme that has taken place at this historically popular seaside resort.

In 2014, the Council together with Welsh Government support completed a major refurbishment to the Eastern side of Barry Island. The project, also received Arts Council of Wales funding to creatively enhance the scheme by working with artists to engage with the community and create interactive art works for all to enjoy. The Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Arts Council for Wales are again supporting this new public art project.  

The Consultants role will be to work with the project team to engage an artist/s to create a lighting art work that will complement the existing popular lighting piece created by International artist Peter Fink located at the Eastern Shelter on Barry Island. This is one of two major art works at the Eastern side of the Promenade.   The other, is a beautifully designed traversing wall created by leading UK Public realm artist Gordon Young. The wall draws on the historic, entertaining and enjoyable elements of the beach and wider area.

These significant artworks, together with the colourful beach huts, fixed umbrellas, seating areas and eating establishments, set alongside the natural coastal environment have restored new life and interest into the area, once again drawing crowds of visitors to the resort.

Due to this significant regeneration, the area was nominated for the ‘Royal Town Planning Institution (RTPI) Wales Planning Award 2015’. It was also recognized as one of two sites in the Vale of Glamorgan nominated as ‘one of Wales best examples of town planning’ and again shortlisted for the equivalent UK National awards.

This artwork consultancy will be funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Arts Council of Wales.  The commission to be implemented and overseen by the appointed Arts Consultant has a total budget of £50,000 (inclusive of this commission’s fee), The Consultant will engage with the Project Team and co-ordinate the marketing, procurement and contracting of the artist/s.

The contract will be awarded to the most economically advantageous offer. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of ‘price’ and ‘quality’ – methodology, community engagement, curriculum vitae, experience and references, estimated time frame and insurance.

As part of the evaluation process, some or all of the bidders may be interviewed by the Council.  The results of such interview may affect submission scores.  The Council will not be responsible for any costs incurred by any bidder in undertaking such an interview.  Bidders should note that the Council is not obliged to accept the lowest or any Quotation.

The appointed consultant will work with the project team. They will reflect on the Council’s Public Art Strategy and related documents, to reach the objectives of the public art project.

How to apply: To apply, please respond to the advertisement entitled “Consultancy Services: Western Shelter Artwork” by registering on www.sell2wales.gov.wales

Once registered please go to ‘Advance Search’ and in the ‘Buying Organisation’ box type Vale of Glamorgan press the search button below for all job adverts for the Vale of Glamorgan including this post.  Any questions about the post can be directed via the sell2wales site by 12:00noon on Friday 24th June. Final Submissions are by 12:00noon Monday 27th June 2016.  Interviews will be held on Date: Tuesday 5th July 2016.