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Vale of White Horse, Botley Commission

Deadline: March 23, 2016

Vale of White Horse District Council has an active public art policy that encourages developers to utilise this opportunity to benefit the overall design of the buildings and public spaces created. The policy states that public art is always publicly visible, bespoke for the given location and made by a professional artist and it is this celebration of unique identity new developments give us to promote new artistic creations.

In the case of the development at Lime Road, Botley, the developers, Bovis Homes, have contributed £29,000 to the district council public art fund and would like to work with local residents to create a series of bespoke benches and a 3D sculptural artwork that provide artistic landmarks across the development that both residents and visitors can enjoy.  

The art project
Vale of White Horse District Council are looking to commission a series of two or three bespoke benches to be located at two of the open spaces across the development with the potential of commissioning a 3D sculpture to accompany one of the benches at the larger open space.

They are seeking either;

  • an artist with skills in benches and/or 3D sculpture designing and making


  • proposals from artists wishing to collaborate on this project

Scope of works

  • Create a robust and dramatic design for  two or three benches and/or 3D sculptural artwork at the public open spaces across the development
  • The work should be a contemporary work of art. There are no preferred materials, although we feel this commission would lend itself to metal or stone and could incorporate lighting. 
  • Draw inspiration from local history 
  • Benches must be functional

See the full brief below


Download Artists Brief for Lime Road Botley.pdf(92 KB)