Opportunity: Public Art Commission for Tillydrone Gateway, Aberdeen

5th November 2019

To install an inspirational, contemporary roadside artwork/sculpture as a Gateway Feature.

This commission is for a public artwork to:

  • Convey a sense of place and reflect the history, heritage and aspirations of the community
  • Promote the area and encourage walking and cycling
  • Show drivers that they are entering a residential community

Gateway Feature brief:
A sculptural, eye-catching, bold and contemporary piece of artwork that reflects elements of the history, heritage and aspirations of the community, informed by members of the community, young and old, and conveying a sense of place and pride in the community. This will be a standalone unmistakable statement which reflects the urban environment and the unique natural landscape and wildlife of the area around the River Don.

We envisage a large piece, in single or multiple parts, that can be seen from the road as well as viewed at a closer distance. As a guide this is likely to be approximately 3-6m high, and of robust and sound material that will incur no/minimal maintenance costs, can withstand the weather and be relatively vandal proof, possibly metal such as iron but other media would be considered.

For phase 1 of the commission we will select up to four artists/creative teams to develop proposals (including a maquette), which should be informed by the community; people, heritage, history, and natural environment.

The fee for phase 1 is £1000, to include travel and accommodation costs, and material costs for maquettes. Additional funding will be available for consultation costs and materials.

The selected artist/creative team will be expected to:

  • Undertake a minimum of two public engagement workshops with the local community
  • Prepare a visual representation of the proposed design, including a maquette
  • Prepare a construction and installation plan
  • Provide a full project budget including manufacture and installation
  • Articulate ideas and discuss proposals with members of the public and the steering group.

Following consultation and selection by a panel of residents and partners the favoured option will be submitted as a planning application and funding sought to complete phase 2.

The successful artist/creative team will be contracted to develop and refine their proposal and complete the manufacture and installation of the artwork.

The fee for phase 2 of the commission will be £30,000-£50,000 to include all costs.
Timescales will be confirmed in agreement with the artist and the project team.

For a full copy of the brief and details of how to apply, please contact Jane Fullerton via tillydronegateway@hotmail.com

CLOSING DATE: 25th November 2019


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