Opportunity: Public Art Commission

17th July 2018

An opportunity to create a piece of permanent functional public art in Cowie, Stirling.

An opportunity for an artist/creative team to create a piece of permanent functional public art, in collaboration with the local community, as a gateway feature at the entrance to Berryhills Park in Cowie.

The work needs to be:

  • Site and community responsive and appropriate to the context
  • Thoughtful and thought provoking
  • Engaging, distinctive and imaginative
  • High quality, robust work that enlivens the area it is sited

The artist / creative team will be expected to:

  • Engage with communities in an imaginative and authentic way, allowing for meaningful involvement in the creation of the work, working with local people and project partners to advocate for the role of public art on the path and encouraging people into outdoor activity.
  • Involve a group of children and young people in the design and making of the work. They do not need to be involved in the making of the complete work, but must be involved in making in some way and this must be taken into account in the design of the work.
  • Create a minimum of 3 early design proposals/directions, after the community engagement stage is complete to allow the partners to consider and influence the direction of the final proposal.
  • Design the final artwork, responding to community influence and partner dialogue, using materials that will be robust, safe, easy to maintain and not easily vandalised.
  • Foster a sense of ownership and pride in the public art project within the local community. It should also be engaging, accessible and sympathetic to local culture and environment.
  • Make and install the final artwork after agreement from the project partners, considering landscaping around the work.
  • Supply a maintenance schedule for the finished piece.
  • Consider how the work will be decommissioned at the end of its lifespan, or if for unforeseen circumstances the public art is no longer suitable for the context.
  • Provide the client with a report on all activities undertaken as part of the project evaluation.

After interviews up to 4 artists/creative teams will be invited to deliver a short programme of workshops in local schools in Sept 2018. The final artist/team will be selected after these workshops. There will be a budget of up to £1000 for the initial workshops.

Timeline & Budget

The budget for the project will be £21,000 for the successful artist / creative team selected to move forward after invitations to tender have been submitted and must include all costs associated with the project. It is envisaged that the design and development stage / community consultation will be between October to December 2018 and manufacturing of the final piece of work will be January to March 2019. Work must be completed and installed by the end of March 2019.

How to Apply

If you would like to receive an Artist Brief with further information about the opportunity and how to apply please email: creativelearning@stirling.gov.uk

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