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Public art commission: Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust

Deadline: September 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust is looking to commission an artist to create a permanent installation celebrating the life-changing gift of organ and tissue donation.

'The Gift of life' will be a high profile, large-scale art installation suspended in the aerial void of the Atrium of the main entrance at Gloucester Royal Hospital. The site-specific piece will be a way of recognising and thanking all the organ and tissue donors and their
families for their extraordinary gifts. As well as being an aesthetically absorbing and engaging piece — to be enjoyed by patients, staff and visitors — in its own right, it also needs to be a point of interest that raises awareness of the value of donation.

Technical specifications

As the commission is to conceive, create and install a large-scale suspended installation in a busy public space, health and safety is an important consideration. Thought will need to be given to the weight of the materials and the way in which the piece will be anchored, as will any ongoing cleaning and maintenance. To be selected, you will, therefore, need to demonstrate your technical proficiency, experience and an understanding of what is achievable within the fixed budget. The finished piece could also extend up the wall as well as being suspended using the height of the space to good effect. It is important that the message ‘The Gift of Life’ is integrated into the art piece.

Budget: £15,000 - This budget is fixed and will need to cover everything, from patient and staff consultations, design, development and build/fabrication, through to transport and installation.

Expression of interest
At this stage, we are looking for an expression of interest that includes:

  • A brief covering letter telling us why you should be considered
  • A draft concept and brief overview of your approach to the commission, no more than one side of A4,
  • Examples of previous work
  • A current CV

Please email these to: [email protected]

The closing date for submissions is the 21st of September 2015. Please downloaded the PDF below for more information.

Download GLOS NHS Trust_Call to Artists GofL .pdf(275 KB)