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Upper River Cam Biodiversity Project Artist Commission

Deadline: August 23, 2011

Cambridge City Council wishes to include an artist commission as part of a wider project entitled the Upper River Cam Biodiversity Project. The Upper River Cam Biodiversity project encompasses a complex of five natural green spaces on the banks of the river Cam, adjacent to the heart of the historic centre of the city. The proposed works as part of this project include habitat enhancements and improvements to access, wayfinding, legibility and interpretation.

One of the issues within these interconnected green spaces, which form the Upper River Cam Biodiversity Project is poor legibility, in terms of understanding, which space one may be entering and what is special about that space. This commission aims to explore and address this issue, by adding the value of an artist to provide creative interpretation to the project and celebrate the contexts of the spaces. The Council have identified a range of objectives the project could address: Help people to understand the value of the spaces and inspire them to engage with the natural environment; Improve the understanding of the relationships of the spaces with each other; Promote awareness of the diverse range of biodiversity within the spaces; Promote awareness of the history of each space and celebrate what is special about those spaces. It is envisaged that the artist will explore developing artwork proposals, to be located at the periphery of the spaces (which includes entrances), on key routes and at points of interest.

 All elements of the artwork must be completed and installed on site by November 2012. The specific budget set aside for the artwork/s is £27,500.

The artwork/s commission forms part of a larger project. Some of the budget of the main project is allocated to improving access, signage and interpretation at sites. Once appointed, the successful artist should liaise closely with the design team and project manager over the development of the final artwork/s in order to explore the scope for the artwork/s being integrated into the wider signage, interpretation and infrastructure work for the sites.

Submission deadline: 23rd August 2011.

The specific budget set aside for the artwork/s is £27,500. If clear and relevant linkages can be defined then the Council may consider the release of some additional budget. 

Further Information:

To receive the detailed brief, please contact Carly Haywood, Business Support Co-ordinator, Business Information Support, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH. Telephone: 01223 457182, email: [email protected]